Olfen | Info on living, living, working in Olfen in the Münsterland region
Olfen in the Münsterland
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A good piece of Münsterland

Welcome to Olfen!

In Olfen you have THE GOOD LIFE in Münsterland with many leisure opportunities in nature and a good infrastructure. The 13,000 inhabitants live in the town centre and in the district of Vinnum.

A small town between Münsterland and the Ruhr region

Olfen is a 45-minute drive southwest of Münster in the Coesfeld district, on the border between Münsterland and the Ruhr area. The town is therefore a popular place to live for commuters; Dortmund, for example, is only a 40-minute drive away. You can also reach the Rhineland quickly from here; Düsseldorf, for example, is a good hour's drive away. The district town of Coesfeld is 35 minutes away and Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) about 50 minutes.

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 Olfen

To the north, west and south of the city centre are residential areas where most of the 13,000 inhabitants live. To the east of the town centre is an industrial and commercial area where, among other things, some wholesalers are located.
Olfen also includes a number of farming communities and the small district of Vinnum, which lies about ten minutes by car southeast of the centre in the Münsterland parkland. About 1,000 people live here.

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

On the website of the town of Olfen you can find information and contacts on municipal residential building plots in new building areas. If you don't want to build, but would rather rent a house or flat, you can check the rent index here.

Did you know...?!

Archaeologists have found the remains of a large Roman camp south of Olfen on the banks of the river Lippe - more than 2000 years ago, Roman soldiers controlled the route across the river here and stored supplies for their campaigns.

Shopping in Olfen

There are several supermarkets in Olfen. On Fridays you can also buy fresh food from the region at the weekly market . In the town centre around the market square you will find ice cream parlours, cafés and restaurants as well as several shopping opportunities, for example clothing shops, bookshops and furniture stores. Of course, you can also get everything you need for your cycling or e-bike tour through Münsterland at bicycle shops in Olfen.

Childcare and schools in Olfen

Around seven kindergartens and day-care centres in Olfen take care of the youngest residents. One of the facilities is located in the district of Vinnum. The town council presents all the day-care centres in detail on its website, where you can also find the respective contact persons.

Children and young people study in Olfen at a primary school and a comprehensive school, which offers all qualifications up to the Abitur.
Grammar schools and other secondary schools are located in neighbouring towns, for example in Lüdinghausen.

Top employer in Münsterland

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Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Olfen

  • Cycle tour on the 100 castles route
  • Walk or hike through the Steverauen (renaturalised riverside landscape with animal enclosures)
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Football, handball, diving etc. in the sports clubs
  • Excursion to Nordkirchen golf course
  • Animal and leisure park Gut Eversum
  • Miniature golf course
  • Spring festival in May
  • Steverauenfest in summer
  • Cabaret, concerts and theatre in the town hall
  • City trip to Münster
  • and much more

Listen in! Podcast "So oder so" | The Steverauen in Olfen

"SO OR SO - your Münsterland". With this podcast from Germany's most beautiful region, you will experience a short acoustic raft trip on the Stever. Come along and learn more about the superlative nature experience in the middle of Münsterland in seven minutes:

Curious? Your free time in Olfen

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