Borken | Info on living, living, working in Borken in the Münsterland region
The Pröbstingsee in Borken.
© Münsterland e.V. / Jan-Simon Krüger

Welcome to Borken!

In Borken, THE GOOD LIFE awaits you between urban cultural and leisure activities and the vast landscape of the Münsterland. The population of around 42,000 is spread over nine districts of different sizes.

The district town in the western Münsterland

Borken is the district town of the district of the same name in the western Münsterland and lies between Bocholt and Ahaus on the Dutch border. The popular destination Enschede can be reached by car in about 50 minutes, and Münster is just as easy to reach. From the railway stations in Borken and in the district of Marbeck you can travel to the Ruhr area, for example to Essen.

Do you want to travel? Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) and Weeze Airport are only about an hour's drive away.

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 Borken

About half of the total of 42,000 inhabitants live in the core town of Borken. The heart of the town is the old town around the market square, where events take place as well as the weekly market.

Eight other districts also belong to Borken: In the far north is Weseke with around 5000 inhabitants, in the north-west Borkenwirthe/Burlo with just under 4000 citizens. The district of Gemen adjoins the city centre to the north and is home to about 7500 people. In the west of the town centre is Hoxfeld, which with about 750 inhabitants is one of the smaller districts.

Marbeck (2500 inhabitants) borders on the core town to the south, and to the west of Marbeck are Grütlohn (around 400 inhabitants), Westenborken (around 300 inhabitants) and Rhedebrügge (700 inhabitants).

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

If you want to build a house in Borken, you can find out about urban residential building plots in the building areas here.

Did you know...?!

The Dorforga group, a sub-group of the initiative "Wir in Marbeck" (We in Marbeck) The Dorforga group, a sub-group of the initiative "Wir in Marbeck" (We in Marbeck)
© Isabell Schmidt-Niermann

We have a gold village in Westmünsterland and that is Marbeck. The district of Borken has already won the gold plaque in the state competition "Our Village has a Future" in 2022. Marbeck thus also qualified for the national competition of the same name - and won gold again in 2023! The district was able to convince with outstanding civic engagement, exemplary ideas and innovative concepts for its future viability.

Shopping in Borken

No matter which part of Borken you live in, you're not far from the nearest supermarket or bakery. On Thursdays you can also get fresh food at the weekly market in the city centre. You can shop in Borken not only in two shopping centres, but also in many larger and smaller shops in the old town. In addition to cafés and restaurants, there are bookshops, delicatessens, specialist retailers for bicycles and e-bikes, fashion shops with well-known brands and small concept stores with unusual ranges.

Tip: Designer Outlet Ochtrup, only 40 minutes away by car, also invites you to special shopping tours.

Childcare and schools in Borken

The very youngest children are currently cared for in 27 kindergartens and day-care centres in Borken. You can enquire about available daycare places directly at the facilities or via the central online portal "Little Bird" . Other childcare options are offered by day care centres.

Children and young people of all ages are well catered for with the educational opportunities in Borken. Especially the youngest pupils always have short distances to travel:

  • Eight primary schools (one each in the districts of Burlo, Gemen, Marbeck and Weseke).
  • One special school (focus on mental development)
  • One secondary school
  • Two secondary schools
  • Three comprehensive schools (including one Montessori school)
  • Two grammar schools
  • One vocational college
  • One college of further education (Abendrealschule and Abendgymnasium)

Working in Borken

The most important economic sector in Borken is the service sector, followed by the manufacturing industry. Many people also work here in the trade and hospitality sectors. In the extensive industrial area to the north-west of the city centre, construction companies, logistics providers, mechanical engineers and wholesalers, among others, have settled alongside some large specialist shops.

The hospital in Borken - the St.-Marien-Hospital - is a location of the Westmünsterland Clinic and functions as an academic teaching hospital of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Top employer in Münsterland

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

  • Cycling tour on the 100 Castles Route or the Hohe Mark Nature Park Route
  • Walk around Gemen moated castle
  • Annual city run in which children, adults and company teams can take part
  • Indoor swimming pool and leisure pool (swimming pool with sauna garden)
  • Pröbstingsee leisure park with bathing lake, climbing forest etc.
  • Sports in one of the many sports clubs
  • Riding clubs
  • Cinema
  • Concerts, theatre and comedy in the town hall
  • Gemener Kirmes (August)
  • Trip to the golf club in Reken
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup
  • Trip to the rock'n'pop museum in Gronau
  • and much more

Listen in! Podcast "So oder So" | The Weseker Heimathaus

"SO OR SO - your Münsterland". In this podcast from Germany's most beautiful region, you will experience a short acoustic excursion to the Weseker Heimathaus in Borken. Let Münsterland reporter Dennis Burk take you along and learn more about Münsterland and Westphalian traditions, a pharmacy garden with many plant species or old agricultural machinery. At the Wesek Heimathaus you can switch off or be active at the same time: playground, Kneipp basin, exercise equipment - it's all there! Curious? Take seven minutes and have a listen:

Curious? Your free time in Borken

Borken in the Münsterland Borken in the Münsterland
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Fölting
Leisure in Borken
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