Bocholt in the Münsterland | Info on living, living, working in Bocholt
The LWL Industrial Museum TextilWerk in Bocholt is an eye-catcher by night as well as by day
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A city with tradition and joie de vivre

Welcome to Bocholt!

With a population of around 71,000, Bocholt is not only the largest city in the district of Borken, but also the third largest city in the Münsterland region (after Münster and Rheine). In the eleven different-sized districts you can enjoy THE GOOD LIFE between urban leisure and cultural facilities and green surroundings.

Between Münsterland, the Rhineland and the Netherlands

Bocholt is located in the district of Borken, west of Münster and directly on the Dutch border. The city offers many possibilities in all directions: For example, the popular shopping cities of Enschede and Venlo can be reached by car in about an hour, while Münster, Düsseldorf and the airports of Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) and Weeze are each about an hour's drive away. The district town of Borken is half an hour away by car.

Bocholt also has a railway station. From there, a regional express train departs for Wesel, where you can change trains for Düsseldorf, Cologne and Arnhem, for example.

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 Bocholt

The city of Bocholt consists of eleven districts: Barlo, Biemenhorst, Bocholt (centre), Hemden, Holtwick, Liedern, Lowick, Mussum, Spork, Stenern and Suderwick. Between 1000 and 5000 of the 71,000 inhabitants live in each of the ten incorporated districts around the city centre.

On a walk through the medieval town centre you can still see some traces of the 800-year history of the town, for example the historic town hall on the market square. Around this town centre with its many shops, cafés and restaurants are residential and industrial areas. To the south-east of the old town is the Bocholt Aasee with many leisure facilities and a beach café.

Even though rental and purchase prices overall are following the general real estate trend, there are still many niches to be discovered in Münsterland for building, buying or renting. In the rural areas 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.

You want to rent a flat or buy or build a house in Bocholt? On the city's website you can find the current rent index and addresses of the housing associations as well as all information about planning and building. 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.

Shopping in Bocholt

You can get fresh food in Bocholt not only in the big supermarkets, but also several times a week at the market. On Thursdays, you can even buy fruit, vegetables and other products from the region after work. If you need a change of pace, you can visit the weekly market in Winterswijk, just over the border in the Netherlands.

If you want to shop for clothes, shoes, books, jewellery and sports accessories, you're not only in good hands in Bocholt city centre: In the Shopping Arkaden you can browse in around 45 stores. Would you like even more choice? The Designer Outlet Ochtrup is only an hour's drive away, and Roermond is about an hour and a half away.

Our tip for cyclists: In Bocholt there are many specialist bicycle shops with a large selection of bicycles, e-bikes and accessories.

Childcare and schools in Bocholt

In Bocholt, children up to the age of six are optimally cared for in around 40 day-care centres and kindergartens run by various providers. On the Kitaportal Bocholt you will find an overview of all the facilities and can use a detailed form to search directly for the daycare centres that best suit you and your child.

The educational opportunities in Bocholt offer all kinds of possibilities - from the Hauptschule or Realschule certificate to the Abitur or the Bachelor's or Master's certificate:

  • Ten primary schools
  • Two secondary schools
  • Two Realschulen
  • One comprehensive school
  • Four grammar schools
  • One college of further education (Abendrealschule and Abendgymnasium)
  • Three vocational colleges
  • Two special schools (mental development and learning)
  • One university of applied sciences
Did you know...?!

Science and technology-loving children and young people can research and learn, build and tinker at the JUNGEN UNI in Bocholt. Workshops, seminars and lectures in the MINT subjects (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences, technology) are offered for young people between the ages of six and 18.

Working in Bocholt

Owner-managed medium-sized companies, well-known corporations and the largest industrial park in North Rhine-Westphalia: Bocholt as a business location is diverse and always on the move. Major employers include Siemens AG and its subsidiaries Flender and Gigaset Communications, as well as Grunewald, a toolmaking company and manufacturer of plastic components. The 300-hectare Bocholt Industrial Park is home to 300 companies with more than 7000 employees.

Top employer in Münsterland

Top employer in Münsterland Top employer in Münsterland
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Our tips: Leisure, Excursions, Culture in Bocholt

  • Cycling tour on the 100 Castles Route or the Flamingo Route. (Read that right - flamingos in Münsterland!).
  • Hiking in the Hohe Mark Nature Park
  • Swimming in the Bahia fun and leisure pool
  • Sport in the Stadtwaldsportpark or at the TuB sports club
  • Sailing or surfing on Bocholt's Aasee lake
  • Cinema, bowling centre, go-kart track and bouldering hall
  • Horse riding at the riding club
  • Excursion to the Wasserburg Anholt Golf Club
  • Theatre, music and cabaret in the municipal theatre, in the old dairy or on the "Bühne Pepperoni" stage
  • Exhibitions in the Kunsthaus Bocholt
  • Cultural events in the kubaai cultural quarter
  • Wine festival in July
  • Funfair in October
  • City trip to Münster, Enschede or Venlo
  • Bocholt for beginners? Here you will find lots of information for newcomers and the curious.

Listen in! Podcast "So oder so" | The textile factory in Bocholt

"SO OR SO - your Münsterland". This podcast from Germany's most beautiful region takes you on an acoustic discovery tour of the Bocholt textile factory. Like no other museum, it tells the textile history of Münsterland. Let Münsterland reporter Dennis Burk take you on an immersion into the industrial culture of times gone by. Varied exhibitions can also be visited there. Curious? Take nine minutes and listen in:

Curious? Your free time in Bocholt

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