Haltern am See in Münsterland
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Haltern am See

Welcome to Haltern am See!

In Haltern am See, THE GOOD LIFE awaits you between diverse cultural and shopping opportunities in the city and (water) sports facilities in the green surroundings. The almost 40,000 inhabitants live in eight districts of different sizes.

Between Münster and Essen

The town of Haltern am See is located on the south-western edge of Münsterland, on the border with the Ruhr region and in the middle of the Hohe Mark Nature Park. You have excellent connections in all directions: Münster is about 35 minutes away by car, and Dortmund is 45 minutes away. Düsseldorf and the Dutch city of Enschede are about an hour's drive away. Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) is 40 minutes away.
From the train stations in Haltern am See and in the Sythen district, you can take regional trains to Münster and Essen.

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 Haltern am See

About half of the total of around 40,000 inhabitants live in the core town. Haltern am See also includes seven other districts. The largest of these, with a good 6300 inhabitants, is Sythen to the north-east, followed by Lippramsdorf, which is about ten minutes' drive south-west of the city centre. Its 3500 inhabitants live in the core village and some rural settlements. Eastern Hullern is home to about 2300 people, and about 2000 each in southern Hamm-Bossendorf and southeastern Flaesheim. In the northwest is Lavesum with a good 1700 inhabitants. Holtwick, the smallest district with just under 1000 inhabitants, is about five minutes' drive west of the city centre.

Even though 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 areas 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 rent a flat in Haltern am See, you can check the current rent index on the municipal website.

Did you know...?!

Every two years, the Münsterland Cabaret Prize "Kiep" is awarded in Haltern, named after the famous travelling traders, the Kiepenkerlen. Several well-known cabaret artists such as Bodo Wartke, Horst Evers and Nessi Tausendschön have already been awarded the prize.

Shopping in Haltern am See

The old town of Haltern am See is the perfect place for shopping: in the pedestrian zone you will find large fashion, sports and shoe shops next to individual concept shops, wine shops, gift shops, a bookshop, a bridal fashion shop and specialist bicycle shops.
You can do your grocery shopping and everyday shopping in the city centre, in Sythen and in Lippramsdorf in various supermarkets, and twice a week you can also shop at the market in Haltern am See.

Childcare and schools in Haltern am See

Around 20 kindergartens and day-care centres take care of the little ones in Haltern am See. The facilities are spread across the entire city area, so that care is offered close to home. You can register your child online via the Kita-Portal.

The range of educational opportunities in Haltern am See is wide-ranging and enables children and young people to obtain all school-leaving qualifications:

  • Nine primary schools
  • One secondary school
  • One secondary school
  • One grammar school
  • One vocational college

Working in Haltern am See

Haltern am See is also called the "green lung of the Ruhr region" because of its location between extensive forests and the large lakes - the countryside around the town centre and the districts is reserved for nature and leisure and recreational activities. To the north-east and south-west of the city centre are therefore comparatively small industrial estates where, in addition to large specialist stores, some small to medium-sized industrial and logistics companies have settled. The city centre has developed primarily into a shopping and service location.

Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Haltern am See

  • Cycling tour on the 100 Castles Route or the Roman-Lippe Route
  • Hiking through the Hohe Mark Nature Park or the Westrup Heath
  • Walk around the Hullerner Stausee reservoir
  • Rowing and boating on the Haltern reservoir
  • Surfing on the Silbersee
  • Dülmener See" leisure park with sandy beach, sailing and surfing facilities
  • Mountain bike arena
  • Sports in one of the many sports clubs
  • Ketteler Hof children's leisure park
  • Granat Nature Wildlife Park
  • LWL Roman Museum
  • White Night Haltern" music and culture night
  • Sunset Beach" music festival
  • Citizens' brunch at Sythen Castle (May)
  • Street Food Festival (October)
  • St. Nicholas market with skating rink
  • City trip to Münster
  • and much more

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