Holidays and leisure
Hello and welcome to the town of Borken
The holiday destination of Borken is nestled in the parkland of West Münsterland. Here you can really really recharge your batteries and unwind from the stresses of daily life.
Borken has a lot to offer recreational activity lovers and families with children. If you enjoy hiking – or cycling for that matter – then you'll find Borken is the ideal place take your holidays and relax.
You'll love our hiking recommendations. At Tourist Information, we can offer you a colourful selection of meaningful activities which deliver experiences by the bucket load. These can include hiking the Kiepenkerle trails, experiencing the romance of the Pättken (local country lanes) and flying visits to the Netherlands.
Borken also has lots to offer sport fanatics.
Tradition and customs also play an important role in the social life of the town. Visitors always receive a warm welcome at one of the traditional and cheerful town festivals which take place each year.
Borken is also a popular destination for astronomy lovers.
The 'Gates to Eternity' stand wide open at the Josef Bresser Observatory in Borken. The observatory possesses the world's largest example of this type of telescope. Visitors are welcome at almost any time of the day or night.
Whether you're after sporting action, outdoor relaxation in natural surroundings or warm hearted hospitality, Borken offers all that and more.
Further recreational fun
A 2 horse power, covered wagon ride through the countryside
Saddle up for a covered wagon ride, which offers lots of fun and the chance to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful parkland of West Münsterland.
Covered wagon ride with draught horses.
5 covered wagons in total (1 wagon carrying 32 people, 3 wagons carrying 25 people, 1 wagon for 16 people)
Zum Homborn 9
Borken, in West Münsterland, is a real equestrians' town, which is known throughout Germany and overseas.
The Borken brothers Marcus and Johannes Ehning, have chalked up many successes in competitions at home and abroad. At the Olympic Games in Sydney, Marcus won Team Gold with the national show jumping team Springreiter Equipe 2000.
Ulrich Kirchhoff, who also started his competition life with Borken's Riding Association, won both Team Gold and an individual Gold Medal for show jumping at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. Christopher Lensing, also from Borken, won many competitions in equestrian vaulting, at both world and European championship levels during a period from 1988 to 1996. Next to show jumping, dressage and vaulting, there are also many other equestrian events to visit in Borken right through out the year. These include horse driving trials, draught horse racing and much more.
Glider flying and hot air balloon trips
For some years now, Borken has also been know as the 'glider pilot's town'. The tradition surrounding this aeronautical past time, stretches back to the days when teams of men would haul the gliders to the launch point by hand. The local flying club, the Luftsportverein Borken e.V., was founded in 1924 and until 1972, was based on the so-called 'Flying Hill' (Fliegerberg), located on the Dülmener Weg (Dulmener Way). It was necessary to move the flying club to its present location at Borken-Hoxfeld, due to the expansion of the military practice ground around Lünsberg. In 1975, the newly relocated flying club became operational again.
The flying club has five motorised aircraft, three of which are tow-planes. There are births for around thirty aeroplanes. The grass runway is 960 x 152 meters in size and is used by many different flying clubs. The Hot air balloon club is also resident at Hoxfeld.
The Pröbsting Park has been developed in recent years and is situated in the part of town known as Hoxfeld, on the far side of the B67. The park consists of over 1.2 million square meters of woodland, water, grassland and fields and offers all kinds of possibilities for visitors looking to recharge their batteries. As well as the many cycle paths, foot paths and hiking trails, you'll find a mini-golf course and a children's' playground. There is also a 100,000 m² large, man-made lake with boat moorings and a bathing area. Sailing, surfing, boat rides, fishing and swimming are all possible. The lake is manned with life guards from the DLRG during the summer (weekends) and on bank holidays.
The boat hire shop has 8 canoes, 8 rowing boats and 27 pedaloes to rent. At the kiosk next door, you can borrow safety equipment. Next to the park there is also a camp site and youth tent ground.
AQUARIUS – water park
The Aquarius water park, Borken - Just take a holiday. . . You will discover something for the entire family in the swimming and wellness areas of the Aquarius water park. Allow yourself to be carried away by the thrill of adventure, as you shoot down the wild water slide. Experience pure water fun on the climbing frame in our learning pool. The 65 meter, giant water slide makes every visit to Aquarius unforgettably exciting.
On top of this, a new 8560 m² large Sauna Garden has been created. The Sauna Garden has become a top attraction thanks to its various Finnish, pine wood saunas (the Earth Sauna, the Panorama Sauna and the Event Sauna), as well as a unique, 1100 m² natural bathing pool and other attractions all situated in a generous, outdoor garden.
Relax in our new Quiet House, with its open log fire and water beds.
Further information can be found here www.aquarius-borken.de
Telephone: +49 (2861) 9350
Fax: +49 (2861) 935200
Swimming pool opening times:
Mon - Fri: 6:30 - 22:00 hrs
Sat: 8:00 - 21:00 hrs
Sun/bank holidays: 8:00 - 21:00 hrs
Sauna Garden opening times:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 22:00 hrs
Sat: 10:00 - 21:00 hrs
Sun/bank holidays: 10:00 - 21:00 hrs