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Südlohn in the Münsterland
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The community on the border

Welcome to Südlohn!

In Südlohn, THE GOOD LIFE awaits you in a lively village in the countryside with many leisure opportunities in nature. The municipality consists of two districts and several rural farming communities.

Border community between Ahaus and Borken

The municipality of Südlohn is located in the district of Borken in the western Münsterland, directly on the Dutch border. The neighbouring town of Winterswijk, which is a popular destination not least because of its open Sundays, is only 20 minutes away by car, Enschede about 45 minutes. The district town of Borken is 15 minutes away by car. Münster can be reached in about an hour, as can Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) and Weeze airports.
You also have a direct connection to the North Sea coast via the nearby A31 motorway and can reach the sea in just two and a half hours.

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 Südlohn

Südlohn consists of the eponymous main town and the smaller district of Oeding, which lies about ten minutes by car west of the centre on the Dutch border. Both districts have grown over the past decades, and today a total of 9300 people live in the municipality. The town also includes several rural farming communities with many individual farmsteads, which are located in the middle of the Münsterland park landscape.


In the east of Oeding and in the south of Südlohn there are industrial and commercial areas where various large specialist retailers as well as small and medium-sized craft and industrial enterprises are located.

Even though rental and purchase prices overall are following the general real estate trend, there are still numerous niches to be discovered in Münsterland in 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 2100 euros.

If you are from Südlohn or have your workplace in the municipality, you can request municipal residential building plots in current building areas


In addition, you can view the property market report on the development of sales and prices on the property market in the district of Borken


Did you know...?!

The municipality of Südlohn emerged in the Middle Ages from the parish of Lohn, which was divided into two places at that time. The second part of the original parish, Nordlohn, became today's neighbouring town Stadtlohn.

Shopping in Südlohn

In addition to various supermarkets, the two districts offer even more shopping opportunities. As in almost all communities in the Münsterland, you can get a large selection of bicycles, e-bikes and accessories at bicycle shops, for example. In Südlohn you can also shop in a large fashion shop with a department for wedding and evening dresses, in flower shops and a specialist shop for musical instruments. There are also fashion shops and a shoe shop in Oeding.

You can also shop extensively at the Designer Outlet Ochtrup, which is only half an hour away by car.

Childcare in Südlohn

Around five kindergartens and day-care centres in Südlohn and Oeding provide childcare close to home. Information on the three facilities in Südlohn can be found on the website of the Südlohn family centre, and information on the two day-care centres in Oeding can be found at the family centre there.

Schools in Südlohn

In addition to the two primary schools in the districts, there is a special school in Südlohn with a focus on emotional and social development.

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Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Südlohn

  • Cycling on the Flamingo Route
  • Hiking on the "Kommiesenpatt", an old smuggler's route to the Netherlands
  • Riding club
  • Football, fitness, martial arts etc. in the sports clubs
  • Excursion to the Ahaus golf course
  • Cultural and sports events in the Jakobihalle in Oeding
  • Carnival in spring
  • Funfair in summer
  • Shooting festivals in summer
  • Cinema in neighbouring Borken (15 minutes)
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup
  • Trip to the rock'n'pop museum in Gronau
  • and much more

Curious? Your free time in Südlohn

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