Reken | Information on living and working in the Münsterland region
The Windmill Museum of Local History in Reken
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The Münsterland with a view

Welcome to Reken!

The approximately 15,000 inhabitants of the municipality of Reken live in five village-like districts. The state-recognised resort offers you THE GOOD LIFE with many sports, outdoor and leisure activities in the middle of the green Münsterland and urban culture in the neighbouring towns.

A resort in the western Münsterland region

Reken is about 45 minutes by car west of Münster in the district of Borken. It takes about 50 minutes to drive to Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO), and you can reach the popular Dutch city of Enschede almost as quickly. In the south, the municipality borders the Ruhr area and you can be in Dortmund in just one hour. The district town of Borken is 20 minutes away by car. From the three train stations in the districts of Maria Veen, Bahnhof Reken and Klein Reken, you can travel to Coesfeld, Dorsten and Essen and easily change trains en route to Oberhausen and Duisburg.

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 Reken

The municipality of Reken consists of five districts of different sizes. The largest is the centrally located Groß Reken with about 6300 inhabitants. The districts of Maria Veen (2800 inhabitants), Klein Re ken (2600 inhabitants) and Bahnhof Reken (2300 inhabitants) are about the same size. The smallest district is the settlement of Hülsten with about 700 people.

Even if rental and purchase prices overall follow 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 rent per square metre is between five and seven euros, and the average purchase price per square metre for flats and houses is 2,100 euros. Here you can find information on building areas and municipal building plots in Reken. In addition, you can view information on the development of turnover and prices on the property market in the district of Borken in the property market report .

Shopping in Reken

You can buy everything you need for everyday life at various supermarkets in Groß Reken, Bahnhof Reken and Maria Veen. On Friday afternoons, you can also get fresh food at the weekly market in Groß Reken. In addition, you can browse in various small and larger specialist shops in the districts, for example in individual boutiques and concept stores with unusual clothes. And, as in many places in Münsterland, you can get everything you need for your excursion by bike or e-bike in a bicycle shop. Shopping for fashion and more? The Designer Outlet Ochtrup is only 40 minutes away by car.

Childcare and schools in Reken

Around eleven kindergartens and day-care centres offer care options for families in all five districts. Here you can also find information about day care by childminders.

Your child can obtain all school-leaving qualifications at the schools in Reken:

  • Three primary schools (in the districts of Groß Reken, Klein Reken and Maria Veen, all with open all-day schooling).
  • One secondary school
  • One grammar school
  • One special school (focus on physical and motor development)
  • A vocational college (for almost all special needs) and a vocational training centre with training opportunities.

Working in Reken

In Reken there are many medium-sized craft businesses and several farms, and many people work in the restaurants and shops in the town. There are also some larger companies. The most important employers are the frozen food manufacturer Iglo GmbH, Schwering Türenwerk GmbH & Co KG and the non-profit service provider Benediktushof gGmbH, which operates a vocational training centre, a residential home and a workshop for people with disabilities in Maria Veen.

Top employer in Münsterland

Top employer in Münsterland Top employer in Münsterland
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Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Reken

  • Cycling tour on the Hohe Mark Nature Park Route
  • Hiking or Nordic Walking in the Hohe Mark Nature Park
  • Sports and leisure park in Groß Reken (with playground, sports facilities, skating rink, etc.)
  • Climbing in the low ropes course
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pool
  • Uhlenberg golf course
  • Riding club and riding school
  • Frankenhof Wildlife Park (with fairytale forest and adventure playground)
  • Bird park Maria Veen
  • Excursion to the Dülmen wild horses (wild horse track in the Merfelder Bruch)
  • Music, comedy, theatre etc. in the RekenForum
  • Cinemas in Borken and Dülmen (20 minutes)
  • Forest Christmas market (on an Advent weekend)
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup

Curious? Your free time in Reken

The mill of Reken is visible from afar The mill of Reken is visible from afar
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Leisure in Reken
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