Nature paradise between two Schansen

This route takes you along the intimate border region with stories of old fortresses and castles, of heroic deeds and smugglers. Formerly a sandy ridge surrounded by an impenetrable swamp, like an island in the moor. In this ancient landscape, little rivers meander, the land curves and undulates, hay meadows full of flowers

The route takes you, for example, past De Lethe, a special natural paradise with flower-filled meadows where you can enjoy a diversity of fauna such as butterflies and over 40 species of songbirds. The fortress Wedde and the two fortified towns Oudeschans and Bourtange that played an important role in the battles and the esdorpen and, above all, a lot of newly developed nature by giving the rivers back their original course.
Discover the particularly picturesque character of this area.

The car puzzle route starts in the centre of the pretty fortified town of Oudeschans.

The finish location is in the beautiful fortified town of Bourtange. Afterwards, you can enjoy looking around there and linger on one of the lovely terraces or visit the fortress museum.


The route 'Westerwolde; nature paradise between two bulwarks' can be ridden 'with route book on lap', or with the LocalGroningen-route-app. The route with the app is the same as the route book. In the route book is the route description with km markings and direction arrows. Some game and puzzle sheets have been added; always fun for kids in the back seat.

The LocalGroningen route app provides the route using navigation. Information about the points is offered in short text blocks as well as in various audio clips. You can choose whether or not to take part in quiz questions. Go to the APP-STORE, or to GOOGLE-PLAY, to install the LocalGroningen app directly.

Make your choice below: with route book, or with app.

Basispakket met routeboek

Bij aankoop van het basispakket ontvang je het volgende:

  • gedetailleerde routebeschrijving
  • beschrijving bij bijzondere punten
  • autobingo en puzzels voor de kids.

(Prijs basispakket is per auto).

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Basispakket app

Bij aankoop van de route, ontvang je het volgende in de app:

  • een gedetailleerde routebeschrijving
  • informatie bij tal van punten onderweg
  • tips voor wandelingen, uitstapjes en terrasjes
  • audiofragmenten
  • puzzelvragen.
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### Route information

### Route information

  • Start location: restaurant De Javaan; Voorstraat 21 9696 XG Oudeschans
  • Final location: fortress Bourtange
  • Length: approx. 55 km (excluding optional suggestions along the way)
  • Duration: approx. 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on the number of excursion stops.
  • The route with route book can only be ridden on Saturdays and Sundays. The route with app can be ridden every day
  • Information with text in the route book, or:
  • via audio clips and text blocks in the app
  • Along the way: tips for a terrace, nice gallery, museum, walking route, etc.

(Opening hours of terraces, museums, visitor centres differ).

### How does it work?

### How does it work?

  • Choose driving with route book on your lap, or driving with the LocalGroningen route app
  • Then choose your package, your route, and date
  • If you will ride with the app, click here for information about riding with the app
  • After your order, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link.
  • Use the link to download the first information
  • Have you ordered riding 'with route book'? Pick up the route book on the booked date, at the start location.

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