Altenberge in Münsterland | Info on living, living and working
A view of the centre of Altenberge.
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Welcome to Altenberge!

In Altenberge you have THE GOOD LIFE in a small community and the city of Münster right next door. The approximately 10,000 inhabitants live in the centre of the village and six small farming communities.

In the park landscape northwest of Münster

Altenberge is about 25 minutes by car northwest of Münster in the district of Steinfurt. You can also reach Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) in 25 minutes and the district town of Steinfurt in around 20 minutes. The city of Osnabrück to the north-east is about 50 minutes away, and the Dutch city of Enschede to the north-west is about 45 minutes away. You can reach the North Sea coast in about two hours via the nearby A1 motorway. From Altenberge station you can travel directly to Münster, Steinfurt, Gronau and Enschede.

Tip: 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 Altenberge

Altenberge consists of the main town and six farming communities, which are situated around the town centre in the Münsterland park landscape. The heart of the community is the market square, where concerts and festivals are regularly held in addition to the weekly market. Residential areas stretch out from here in all directions, with commercial areas to the east, west and southwest. To the north-east of the town centre is the railway station, which you can reach on foot from the market square in just 15 minutes.

Even if rental and purchase prices follow the general real estate trend, there are still numerous niches to be discovered in Münsterland for building, buying or renting. In rural Münsterland, the average rental price per square metre is between five and seven euros, and the average purchase price per square metre for flats and houses is 2,100 euros.

You want to build a house in Altenberge? You can enter your name in an applicant list for building plots here.

Shopping in Altenberge

In Altenberge you can buy everything you need for everyday life in supermarkets, a drugstore and a drinks market. On Wednesdays, you can also get fresh food from the region at the weekly market . On and around the market square you will find a number of cafés and restaurants, a toy shop, an optician, shoe and clothing shops and a bookshop. As almost everywhere in Münsterland, you can of course get everything you need for your bicycle or e-bike at bicycle shops in Altenberge.
By the way, the popular Designer Outlet Ochtrup is only 25 minutes away by car.

Childcare and schools in Altenberge

The very young are cared for in Altenberge in about ten kindergartens and day care centres. Other childcare options are offered by the Diakonie (social welfare organisation). You can find available day-care places online in the STEP- Kreis Steinfurt parents' portal, where you can also register your child directly.

There are two primary schools in Altenberge. Secondary schools are located in neighbouring towns, for example in Münster and Steinfurt.

Working in Altenberge

To the east, west and south-west of Altenberge are industrial estates where a number of well-known companies have settled alongside small and medium-sized businesses. The largest employers in the town include the semi-trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull, the bakery company Essmann, Lammers LKW Service & Logistik Münsterland, the bedding manufacturer Keller and WESSLING GmbH, which offers laboratory and engineering services.

Top employer in Münsterland

Top employer in Münsterland Top employer in Münsterland
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Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in and around Altenberge

  • Visit to the ice cellar
  • Visit to the Heimathues Kittken with granary and bakehouse
  • Walk to the Dutch octagonal windmill
  • Cycle tour on the Aa-Vechte Route or the 100 Castles Route
  • Walk or cycle tour through the Rieselfelder Münster (sewage farm)
  • Football, judo, aerobics and much more in the sports clubs
  • Riding halls, riding arenas and integrative bridle path
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Funfair in May
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup

The MünsterlandBlog

A guided tour of the ice cellar in Altenberge A guided tour of the ice cellar in Altenberge
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Foelting
We have tested the ice cellar for you

The Eiskeller (ice cellar) in Altenberge: The underground cellars of the former brewery, where the ice was stored for cooling and the barrels for fermentation and maturing, extend over several floors. Our colleagues Victoria and Eva as well as a group of Münsterland newcomers took a look around here as part of a welcome event . You can find out what they learned during a guided tour on the MünsterlandBlog.

Curious? Your free time in Altenberge

Altenberge in the Münsterland Altenberge in the Münsterland
© Münsterland e.V./Sebastian Lehrke