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City of Meppen
Coordinates: 52 ° 41 ′ 43 ″  N , 7 ° 16 ′ 22 ″  E
Height : 15-25 m above sea level NN
Area : 3 km²
Postal code : 49716
Area code : 05931
Location of Esterfeld in Meppen

Esterfeld is a district of Meppen on the left bank of the Ems , it is currently the district with the most inhabitants. The district is predominantly characterized by single, double and terraced houses, but there are also plenty of multi-storey residential buildings (mainly since the 1970s).


Esterfeld is an old settlement area . The oldest known name is Ezi, for which no sufficient explanation has yet been found.

Until the end of the First World War , only the area along what is now Schullendamm and Versener Strasse was populated. Much of the undeveloped land was used for agriculture. After the First World War, smaller settlement expansions began in 1920, starting from the existing settlement areas. The greatest growth phase took place after the Second World War . After Esterfeld by embankments were protected from flooding the Ems, large areas between 1950 and 1980 have been re-developed and built. In the last few years, more areas have been added and areas that were once commercially used have been built on with residential buildings. In addition, there was also a strong redensification of the district; the once large gardens were often built on with additional houses.


The parish center of St. Mary for Peace (Roman Catholic), the Bethlehem Church (Evangelical Lutheran), the parish center of the Evangelical Reformed church and the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses are located in Esterfeld.

Culture and sights


In the Esterfelder Forst (on the northern edge of the district) is the " Emsland Open-Air Theater Meppen ", in the season - between May and September - there is usually a play for children and a production for adults.


The Meppen telecommunications tower , which is located near the Meppen-Esterfeld junction on federal highway 70, can be clearly seen from afar .


Adjacent to the north is the Esterfeld Forest, which includes the Esterfelder Moor .


The Waldstadion, the home of the sports club SV Union Meppen , is located in Esterfeld . It was inaugurated on August 14, 1966 and is located in the street "Am Stadtforst".

Economy and Infrastructure

The formerly existing industrial areas (mainly construction and freight forwarding) have now been largely replaced by residential developments. Today there are almost only retail and other service companies in the district.


Road traffic

The Meppen-Esterfeld junction of Bundesstraße 70 is on Schullendamm. There is a connection to the historic city center of Meppen ( K  229) via Schullendamm in the east direction . In the west direction of travel from Schullendamm, after about 800 m, Versener Straße (K 229) branches off towards the north to the Versen district, in Versen there is a connection to federal road 402 ( E 233 ), which runs east-west and crosses federal motorway 31 to the west . From Versener Strasse, Schullendamm goes into Fullener Strasse, which leads to the neighboring districts of Rühle and Fullen, as well as to the neighboring municipality of Twist (there is another connection to the federal motorway 31) and on to the Netherlands ( L  47).

Other important access roads for the Esterfeld district are the Esterfelder Stiege, Kleiststrasse and Uhlandstrasse.

With a few exceptions (including the roads mentioned above), a speed limit of 30 km / h applies throughout Esterfeld.

Public transport (local public transport)

In addition to the hourly city ​​bus, three regional lines run through the district (line 919 Haren - Wesuwe - Meppen, line 926 Schöninghsdorf - Meppen and line 929 Twist - Rühlerfeld - Meppen). At night (from Saturday to Sunday) the N 7 (Meppen - Geeste - Lingen ) of the night owl runs.


In Esterfeld there is a primary school (Marienschule), a secondary and secondary school (Anne Frank School), a special needs school (Pestalozzi School) and two kindergartens. The Emsland Music School is also located here with annual cultural events.

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