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Culture and nature in harmony

Welcome to Emsdetten!

Emsdetten consists of a large and lively town centre and eight rural districts. The almost 37,000 inhabitants enjoy THE GOOD LIFE between an urban city centre with events, markets, interesting employers and the wide landscape of the Münsterland. You can reach many shopping towns and excursion destinations by car or train, and the airport is not far away either.

Rural location with good transport links

The town of Emsdetten is located in the district of Steinfurt near Greven and Rheine. Münster to the south is about 35 minutes away by car and only 20 minutes by train. Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) is only 20 minutes away by car, as is the district town of Steinfurt. It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Osnabrück and about 50 minutes to the popular Dutch shopping city of Enschede . Via the nearby A1 and A31 motorways, you can reach the North Sea coast in about two and a half hours.

From Emsdetten station you can easily take the train to Rheine, Cologne and Emden in East Frisia.

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 Emsdetten

The heart of Emsdetten is the town centre with its shops, cafés and restaurants and a cinema. Around this town centre are extensive residential areas where most of the approximately 37,000 inhabitants live. Emsdetten also includes Ahlintel, Austum, Hembergen, Hollingen, Isendorf, Sinningen, Veltrup and Westum. These small, rather village-like districts and Bauerschaften are each only a few minutes away from the city centre.

Even if rental and purchase prices overall follow 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 rental price per square metre is between five and seven euros, and the average purchase price per square metre for flats and houses is 2100 euros.

Would you like to rent a flat in Emsdetten? Here you can find the current rent index and a rent value calculator. You can also find out whether municipal housing plots are for sale on the city's website.

Shopping in Emsdetten

Twice a week you can buy fresh food at the weekly market , and there are several supermarkets in the city. In the city centre, which was redesigned a few years ago, you can browse in bookshops, shoe and fashion shops with well-known brands and in small concept stores. And like almost everywhere in Münsterland, there are several specialist bicycle shops in Emsdetten where you can also buy accessories for your bike or e-bike.

Tip for bargain hunters: The Designer Outlet in Ochtrup is only 30 minutes away.

Childcare and schools in Emsdetten

There are about 20 kindergartens and day-care centres for children in Emsdetten. All information about the registration procedure and the contact details of the youth welfare office can be found on the city's website.

Your children can not only take all school-leaving exams at the schools in Emsdetten, but can also start vocational training:

  • Six primary schools
  • One secondary school
  • Two secondary schools
  • One grammar school
  • One special school with a focus on language
  • One vocational college

Working in Emsdetten

In Emsdetten there are around 2800 commercial enterprises and companies from a wide range of sectors, including a particularly large number of metal and plastics processing companies. Another focal point is the textile industry: for example, the towelling manufacturer Cawö Textil, the special textiles manufacturer Schmitz-Werke and the nonwovens manufacturer TWE are based in Emsdetten.

Large employers also include the household goods manufacturer Emsa and Sander Pflege GmbH, which runs a nursing home for the elderly and a day care facility in Emsdetten, among other things. Emsdetten is also home to the "Café Extrablatt" chain, the first café was opened here at the time.

Did you know ... ?!

Fabrics from Emsdetten have even been used to clothe a Pope and to cover the Reichstag in Berlin. The hand weaving mill Stefan Gönner supplied the material for several liturgical vestments of Pope John Paul II, and the former weaving mill J. Schilgen (which now belongs to the Greven-based company Setex-Textil) produced the fabrics for the actions "Wrapped Reichstag" (Berlin, 1995), "Wrapped Trees" (Basel, 1998) and "The Gates" (Central Park in New York, 2005) by the artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Emsdetten

  • Cycling tour on the Ems cycle path
  • Football, tennis, water sports, dancing etc. in the sports clubs
  • Visit to a handball match of TV Emsdetten: The men's team plays in the 2nd Handball Bundesliga!
  • Swimming in the indoor or outdoor swimming pool (with free WLAN!)
  • Skate park
  • Trip to the Rheine/Mesum golf course
  • Cinema
  • Concerts, readings and much more in the event locations "Stroetmanns Fabrik" and "Emshalle
  • Funfairs in spring and autumn
  • Celebrations at the Schützenfest or street carnival
  • Emsdetten Theatre Days
  • Emsdetten Jazz Days
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup
  • and much more

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