Ochtrup | Info on living, living, working in Ochtrup Münsterland
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Welcome to Ochtrup!

The approximately 20,000 inhabitants of Ochtrup live in the core town and two small districts. They enjoy THE GOOD LIFE with urban cultural offerings and many sports and leisure opportunities in the green surroundings.

A popular small town in the north-western Münsterland region

The city of Ochtrup is located in the north of the district of Steinfurt. From here you can quickly reach the Netherlands, for example, the popular city of Enschede can be reached by car in half an hour. The heart of Münsterland is almost as close: Münster and Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) are around 45 minutes away. Osnabrück is just under an hour away, and the district town of Steinfurt takes about 20 minutes.
You can travel to Münster and Enschede from Ochtrup station.

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 Ochtrup

Ochtrup consists of the town centre, the two districts of Langenhorst and Welbergen and a number of rural districts. Most of the approximately 20,000 inhabitants live in Ochtrup itself. In the town centre, you can still discover many historic buildings that are reminiscent of the town's history as a pottery and textile town. There is a large park to the north of the city centre and the well-known Designer Outlet to the east.
The rural villages of Langenhorst and Welbergen are each home to a good 1000 people.

Although rental and purchase prices are following the general property trend overall, there are still numerous niches to be discovered in Münsterland when it comes to building, buying or renting. In rural areas of Münsterland, the average rental price per square metre is between five and seven euros, while the average purchase price for flats and houses per square metre is 2100 euros.

Here you can find the right contact person for the marketing of urban building plots.

Did you know...?!

The pottery trade - also called pot bakery - has a long tradition in Ochtrup: at least 3,000 years ago, potters were already making a wide variety of clay vessels here. In addition to bowls and jugs, they later also made the "Ochtrup Nightingale", a clay flute that can be used to imitate birdsong.

Shopping in Ochtrup

If you want to go shopping in Ochtrup, the first thing that comes to mind is of course the popular Designer Outlet with its more than 70 brand shops and shops. But you can also browse in the pedestrian zone in the city centre in bookshops, toy shops and small boutiques and concept stores. Like everywhere else in Münsterland, bicycle shops in Ochtrup provide everything you need for your bike or e-bike.

You can buy groceries in various supermarkets. On Thursdays there is also a weekly market where you can buy fresh products from the region.

Childcare in Ochtrup

The youngest residents in Ochtrup are looked after in around 15 daycare centres, and there is also a large daycare centre and various childminders. You can find free childcare places in the "STEP - Kreis Steinfurt Elternportal", where you can also register your child online.

Schools in Ochtrup

With the educational programme in Ochtrup, pupils are well catered for from the first day of school to the Abitur:

  • Three primary schools (two in Ochtrup and one with two locations in the districts of Langenhorst and Welbergen)
  • One secondary modern school
  • One secondary school
  • One grammar school

Here you can find the addresses and more information about the schools.

Working in Ochtrup

Small to medium-sized companies from many different sectors characterise Ochtrup as a business location. In addition to service providers and craft businesses, metalworking companies, plastics manufacturers, logistics companies, mechanical engineering firms and other specialised businesses have settled in the industrial estates.

(Shopping) tourism is also playing an increasingly important economic role.

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Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Ochtrup

  • Cycling tour on the 100 Castles Route or on the Aa-Vechte Route
  • Excursion to the moated castle Haus Welbergen
  • Mountain open-air swimming pool with beach volleyball courts, slide, etc.
  • Skating facility
  • Sports in one of the many sports clubs
  • Mini-golf course and boules court in the city park
  • Excursion to the golf courses in Steinfurt, Rheine or Bad Bentheim
  • Model aerodrome
  • Riding club
  • Balloon flight
  • Funfair in spring and autumn
  • Live music at the "Ochtrup Nightlight
  • Cinemas in Steinfurt and Gronau (20 minutes)
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the rock'n'pop museum in Gronau
  • and much more

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