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City with a triad

Welcome to Rheine!

With its 80,000 inhabitants, Rheine is the second largest town in the Münsterland region (after Münster). The city on the Ems consists of the historic city centre and 18 districts of different sizes. Here you can experience THE GOOD LIFE between urban shopping, leisure and cultural activities and green surroundings.

Well connected on the edge of the Tecklenburg region

Rheine is located in the district of Steinfurt and borders Lower Saxony to the north and the Tecklenburg region to the east. Münster is around 50 minutes away by car and Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) is 35 minutes away. Osnabrück is 40 minutes away by car, and the Dutch shopping city of Enschede is 45 minutes away. It takes half an hour to reach the district town of Steinfurt . The nearby A31 motorway takes you to the sea in just over two hours.

The city also has a railway station. From here you can travel to Münster, Osnabrück, Cologne, Berlin, Amsterdam, East Frisia and the North Sea coast with various regional express lines or the IC. The regional trains between Rheine and Münster also stop at Rheine-Mesum 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 Rheine

The approximately 80,000 inhabitants of Rheine - the Rheinensers - live in 19 very different districts: Innenstadt, Dutum, Dorenkamp, Hörstkamp, Wadelheim, Schleupe, Bentlage, Wietesch, Schotthock/Baarentelgen, Altenrheine, Stadtberg, Eschendorf, Rodde/Kanalhafen, Südesch, Gellendorf, Elte, Mesum, Hauenhorst and Catenhorn.

The historically developed inner city is one of the smaller districts, with a good 2,600 residents; the largest are Eschendorf with a good 11,000, Dorenkamp with just under 10,000 and Schotthock/Baarentelgen with around 9,500 residents. A good 8,600 people live in the district of Mesum. The smallest district is Catenhorn (600 inhabitants).

Even if rental and purchase prices follow the general real estate trend overall, there are still numerous niches to be discovered in Münsterland for 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 per square metre for flats and houses is 2100 euros.

Would you like to rent a flat in Rheine? Here you can find the current rent index. Affordable housing is provided by the Rheine housing association.
If you want to build a house, you can possibly apply for a subsidy through the housing subsidy.

Shopping in Rheine

In Rheine you can shop and buy extensively: In the pedestrian zone you will find lots of fashion and shoe shops with well-known brands, small boutiques and concept stores, bookshops and specialised shops, with many cafés and restaurants in between. Outside the city centre there are several specialist bicycle shops offering bicycles, e-bikes, accessories and advice.
You can find everything under one roof in the Emsgalerie shopping centre: on around 17,000 square metres you can browse in more than 50 stores.
Want more? The Designer Outlet Ochtrup is only half an hour away by car.

Childcare in Rheine

There are more than 40 kindergartens and day care centresin Rheine. You can use the Kitaplaner to find contact details, the educational concept and further information about all the facilities. Here you can also search directly for free places. Other childcare options are offered by day care centres.

Schools in Rheine

In Rheine, your children can not only complete all school-leaving qualifications , but can also start vocational training or even study at a university of applied sciences. In the city there are:

  • 16 primary schools
  • Three special schools (focus on: Language + emotional/social development, learning, mental development).
  • One school for the sick (children in in-patient treatment)
  • One Waldorf school
  • Two secondary schools
  • One comprehensive school
  • Two Realschulen (one of which is an evening school)
  • Four grammar schools (including one evening grammar school)
  • Five vocational colleges/vocational schools/training centres for nursing and health professions
  • One university of applied sciences

Working in Rheine

The many small and large companies in Rheine offer jobs to around 30,000 people, for example in the focus sectors of nutrition, healthcare, mechanical engineering, textiles and wind energy. The largest employers are the Mathias Foundation, which runs the Mathias Hospital Rheine and the Jakobi Hospital as well as other hospitals in the area, the frozen food manufacturer apetito AG and the Caritas Association Rheine. Other well-known companies in the area include KTR Kupplungstechnik GmbH, the mechanical engineering company Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik and the Hardy Schmitz Group, a service provider and wholesaler in the electrical engineering sector.

By the way: You can find out what's happening in and around Rheine in the Rheine Podcast. It talks about exciting projects, creative people and local employers.

Top employer in Münsterland

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Rheine has already received several awards as "Logistics Location of the Year in NRW" and also offers a particularly large number of jobs in this area. This is because the city is connected to the A30 with two junctions; at the nearby Schüttorf junction in the west, the A30 meets the A31, and in the east the A30 is connected to the A1 via the Lotte/Osnabrück junction. Other plus points for the industry are the growing industrial area Güterverkehrszentrum, the nearby Münster/Osnabrück airport and the Ems river, which leads to the Dortmund-Ems canal.

Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Rheine

  • Cycling tour on the EmsRadweg, the Emsland Route or the 100 Castles Route
  • Hiking on the Hermannsweg
  • Sports facilities in 70 sports clubs and sports centres
  • Three swimming pools (two indoor, one outdoor)
  • Stand-up paddling and canoeing tours on the Ems
  • Horse riding on the Münsterland Riding Route
  • "Pilot for a day" or balloon ride
  • Rheine Nature Zoo
  • Bentlage Monastery Museum
  • ARTandTECH.space: a new cultural facility that enables people to meet and exchange ideas in an open atmosphere and offers space for art and culture.
  • Rheine/Mesum Golf Course
  • Theatre, concerts and other events in the town hall
  • Two cinemas (Cinetech and Zinema City)
  • Wine festival and Ems festival in summer
  • Funfair in autumn
  • Excursion to Münster, Osnabrück or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup
  • and much more

Listen in! Podcast "So oder so" | The Ems in Rheine

"SO OR SO - your Münsterland". With this podcast from Germany's most beautiful region, you will experience a short acoustic excursion on the Ems in Rheine. Come along and learn more about the new trend sport stand-up paddling. It combines sport and nature in the midst of urban life. And if that's not enough, enjoy delicious cocktails or a daily brunch at the newly redesigned Emssteg: Emsflair with a difference! Take five minutes and have a listen:

Curious? Your free time in Rheine

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