Raesfeld Castle
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Fölting
A harmonious triad of castle, park and village

Welcome to Raesfeld!

THE GOOD LIFE awaits you in Raesfeld with many recreational opportunities in the green Münsterland and culture in the magnificent moated castle. The 11,000 inhabitants of the municipality live in two different-sized districts.

Between Münsterland, the Ruhr Area and the Lower Rhine

Raesfeld is located in the district of Borken, about 15 minutes by car from the district capital. You can commute to work from here not only to Münsterland, but also to the Ruhr region and the Lower Rhine. Münster and Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) are about an hour's drive away. Düsseldorf and the Dutch city of Arnhem are just as easy to reach. Weeze Airport is also just over an hour's drive away.

Tip: The 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 Raesfeld

About 7500 of the 11,000 inhabitants of the municipality live in Raesfeld, the district that gives it its name. About 3,500 people live in the district of Erle, which is just under ten minutes' drive to the south. The municipality also includes several farming communities and the northern part of the former community of Overbeck, today a small settlement west of Erle.

The moated castle of Raesfeld is located in the Freiheit community to the south-east of the main town. Today it houses a further education and training facility of the chambers of crafts, a restaurant and the municipality's wedding room, and cultural events are also held here regularly.

Even though rental and purchase prices are generally 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 2,100 euros.

The municipal administration provides information about current building sites on its website. If you want to buy a building plot and build a house in Raesfeld, you can download an application form there.

In addition, you can view information about the development of turnover and prices on the property market in the district of Borken in the property market report.

Shopping in Raesfeld

Shopping is always within easy reach in Raesfeld and Erle: Supermarkets, cafés and restaurants are located in both districts. In the centre of Raesfeld you can also find shoes, clothes, stationery, decoration and gift articles. As everywhere in the Münsterland region, there are also specialist bicycle shops with everything you need for your excursion by bike or e-bike.

The Designer Outlet Ochtrup (45 minutes by car) and the Dutch city of Venlo (just over an hour) invite you to go on extensive shopping tours.

Childcare in Raesfeld

In Raesfeld and Erle, there are around eight kindergartens and daycare centres for the youngest children, including a forest kindergarten. You can find childminders and providers of household-related services on the Raesfeld Family Job Exchange.

Schools in Raesfeld

Pupils can take all school-leaving qualifications in Raesfeld:

  • Two primary schools (one each in Raesfeld and Erle).
  • A combined school (Hauptschule and Realschule)
  • A branch of the Julia-Koppers Comprehensive School (formerly the Borken-Raesfeld Comprehensive School).

Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Raesfeld

  • Cycling tour on the 100 Castles Route or the Hohe Mark Nature Park Route
  • Walk in the park and zoo at Raesfeld moated castle
  • Football, basketball, fitness, martial arts and much more in the sports clubs
  • Free shuttle bus to the fun pools in Heiden and Borken (in the summer holidays)
  • Riding club
  • Concerts in the Knights' Hall at Raesfeld Castle
  • Cinema in the neighbouring town of Borken
  • Advent market at Raesfeld Castle
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup
  • and much more.

Curious? Your free time in Raesfeld

Raesfeld Castle is the landmark of Raesfeld Raesfeld Castle is the landmark of Raesfeld
© Reinhard. G. Nießing
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