Westerkappeln | Info on living, living, working in Münsterland
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Welcome to Westerkappeln!

In Westerkappeln you can enjoy THE GOOD LIFE in the countryside close to the city of Osnabrück. The approximately 11,000 inhabitants live in the core town, the district of Velpe and some small farming communities.

Between Münsterland and Osnabrück Land

Westerkappeln is located on the border between Münsterland and Osnabrück Land in the north-east of the district of Steinfurt. Osnabrück is about 25 minutes away by car, Münster 45 minutes. Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) can be reached in half an hour, and the district town of Steinfurt is just under an hour away. You can be in the Netherlands almost as quickly, for example in the popular city of Enschede.
By the way: Thanks to its location at the Lotte/Osnabrück motorway junction (A1 and A30), Westerkappeln not only offers the best conditions for commuters. You can also reach the North Sea coast via the A1 in a good hour and a half.

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 Westerkappeln

The municipality of Westerkappeln consists of the town centre, where most of the 11,000 inhabitants live, and nine small farming communities. Three of them - Handarpe, Hambüren and Lada - form the district of Velpe, which lies on the southern edge of the extensive municipal area.

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 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 want to build a house in Westerkappeln, you can obtain information about current building areas from the municipal administration .

Shopping in Westerkappeln

Around the town church in the centre of the village are several cafés, restaurants and shopping opportunities. For example, you can browse in a toy shop, a flower shop, a bookshop and a bridal fashion shop. Like everywhere else in Münsterland, you can of course buy everything you need for your tour by bike or e-bike in Westerkappeln.

Adjacent to this small town centre is a shopping centre with several supermarkets, a drugstore and a large clothing chain.

Childcare in Westerkappeln

There are five kindergartens and day care centres in Westerkappeln for the youngest residents. You can use the STEP - Kreis Steinfurt Elternportal portal to search online for available childcare places in one of the daycare centres or in daycare and register your child directly.

Schools in Westerkappeln

The educational opportunities in Westerkappeln cover all school-leaving qualifications with two primary schools, a comprehensive school and a vocational college for business and administration.

In neighbouring Mettingen there is a special school with a focus on learning and a grammar school.

Working in Westerkappeln

Most residents commute from Westerkappeln to work in the surrounding area, for example to Osnabrück.
However, the two industrial and commercial areas of Velpe and "Westerkappeln Gartenkamp" are also home to some attractive companies, including quite a few logistics companies, plastics manufacturers, mechanical engineering companies and construction firms.

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Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Westerkappeln

  • Cycling tour on the Legend Route
  • Cycle tour or hike in the Terra vita nature park
  • Hiking on the Teuto loop "Sloopsteener Seenrunde
  • Football, tennis, dancing and much more in the sports clubs
  • Riding clubs
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Golf club
  • May market with stage programme
  • Shuttle bus to Osnabrück Theatre
  • City trip to Münster or Osnabrück
  • and much more

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