Ahaus | Information on living and working in Ahaus in Münsterland
Ahaus in Münsterland
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The young city with tradition

Welcome to Ahaus!

In Ahaus, THE GOOD LIFE awaits you between a colourful cultural programme and the vast landscape of the Münsterland. The population of around 40,000 is spread over six districts of different sizes. Thanks to the good transport connections, you can quickly reach many interesting destinations in the region and in the Netherlands by car or train.

Where Münsterland and the Netherlands meet

Ahaus is located in the district of Borken near Gescher, Coesfeld and Gronau, directly on the Dutch border. The popular shopping city of Enschede , for example, is only 30 minutes away by car and just under 40 minutes by train. The heart of Münsterland is also not far away: Münster is only about 50 minutes away by car and a good hour by train. You can reach Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) just as quickly. The district town of Borken is a good 30 minutes away.

By the way: the nearby A31 motorway gives you a direct connection to the North Sea coast and you can reach the sea in just two and a half hours.

Tip: The Münsterland is a cycling region! 4,500 kilometres of cycle paths offer you almost unlimited possibilities in the city and in the countryside: you can commute to work comfortably by bike and go on great tours with friends and family.

Living in Ahaus

About half of the almost 40,000 inhabitants live in the centre of the castle town, the rest in the smaller, more rural districts of Alstätte, Graes, Ottenstein, Wessum and Wüllen. In the heart of Ahaus lies the baroque moated castle, which is surrounded by an idyllic castle garden. Beyond this green area are residential areas, a pedestrian zone with shops and a market square. In addition to various restaurants and cafés, the town centre is also home to two cinemas and the "Kulturquadrat Ahaus" with its town hall, town library, adult education centre and music school.

Even though rental and purchase prices overall are following the general real estate trend, there are still numerous niches to be discovered in Münsterland for building, buying or renting. In the rural area of Münsterland, the average rent per square metre is between five and seven euros, and the average purchase price per square metre for flats and houses is 2100 euros.

On the website of the city of Ahaus you can look at the current rent index or enter your name in a reserve list for municipal housing plots. In addition, you can view information about the development of turnover and prices on the property market in the district of Borken in the property market report.


The district of Wessum is also known as the "clog village". The title goes back to the long tradition of this special craft, which still lives on in Wessum today. Several clog makers are based here and make typical Münsterland footwear by hand.

Shopping in Ahaus

Delicatessen from Borken, meat and sausage from Gescher, vegetables, bread and pastries from Vreden: At the weekly market in Ahaus you can shop on Wednesdays and many fresh products from the region. A somewhat smaller, but no less fine selection is also offered on Thursdays at the market in Alstätte. You are also well provided for in everyday life: there are at least one or more supermarkets in every district of Ahaus.

The town centre also offers a wide range of shopping opportunities - from drugstores and toy shops to furniture shops. As in many places in Münsterland, you can browse not only in shops of well-known fashion brands, but also in small, individual boutiques . And of course you will find specialist bicycle shops almost everywhere, offering a wide range of accessories, a repair service and - if you need a new bike - a selection of new bicycles or e-bikes.

A different kind of shopping? Then you can reach the Designer Outlet in Ochtrup in just 20 minutes by car.

Childcare and schools in Ahaus

The very young are cared for in Ahaus in around 26 kindergartens, day care centres and family centres. Among them are also some inclusive facilities. You can make a direct request for a childcare place via the central online portal "Little Bird".

With the educational opportunities in the border town, pupils of all ages are well catered for - from the first day of school to the bachelor's degree:

  • Eight primary schools, including a Montessori school.
  • One secondary school
  • One comprehensive school
  • Two grammar schools (one municipal and one church)
  • One special school with a focus on learning
  • Six vocational colleges
  • One evening school
  • One technical college

Working in Ahaus

In addition to many medium-sized businesses from many different sectors, Ahaus is also home to some large companies: the Pietsch group of companies, for example, a wholesaler for sanitary, heating and air-conditioning technology, the software manufacturer Tobit and the door manufacturer Herholz. The larger employers in the city also include the St.-Marien Hospital, which is one of several locations of the Westmünsterland Clinic. Right next to the hospital is the Augen-Zentrum-Nordwest, a modern eye surgery centre under private sponsorship.

Top-employer in Münsterland

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Digital Ahaus

Whether it's ordering drinks and food in restaurants, renting a boat or staying in a hotel: in Ahaus, many things are already contactless, cashless and digital. This makes the city of 40,000 inhabitants a best-practice example and a model for further smart city implementations in small and large cities. The city even offers a smart city tour.

Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Ahaus

  • Cycling tour on the 100 Castles Route or on the Flamingo Route
  • Hiking in the "Witte Venn" moorland or through the juniper heathland
  • Sport in one of the many sports clubs
  • Golf course
  • Riding clubs
  • Indoor swimming pool and outdoor wave pool
  • Concerts in the baroque moated castle of Ahaus
  • Two cinemas
  • Funfair in summer
  • "Ahauser Winterzauber" with ice rink and moonlight skating
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup
  • Trip to the rock'n'pop museum in Gronau
  • and much more

Curious? Your free time in Ahaus

View of Ahaus and the moated castle View of Ahaus and the moated castle
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