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City of Velen
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Coordinates: 51 ° 53 ′ 13 ″  N , 6 ° 55 ′ 22 ″  E
Height : 45 m
Area : 33.06 km²
Residents : 5896  (December 31, 2012)
Population density : 178 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 1st January 1975
Postal code : 46342
Area code : 02863
Ramsdorf (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Location of Ramsdorf in North Rhine-Westphalia

The Lange Straße in Ramsdorf with a view of St. Walburga
The Lange Straße in Ramsdorf with a view of St. Walburga
Ramsdorf Castle , building from 1732 with a local museum

Ramsdorf is a district of the town of Velen in the district of Borken in western Münsterland ( North Rhine-Westphalia ). It is located northwest of the mountain range Die Berge ( Borken-Ramsdorfer Berge ) on the Bocholter Aa , which rises north of Velen. Until 1975 Ramsdorf was an independent municipality, which at times enjoyed special rights as Wigbold . The most famous building in Ramsdorf is the Ramsdorf Castle .


Ramsdorf lies to the west of the core town of Velen and is surrounded by the Bleking, Holthausen, Nordvelen, Waldvelen, Ostendorf, Krückling and Heddier and Knüverdarp farmers.


At the beginning of the Bredevoort feud (1319-1326) between Geldern and Munster , Bishop Ludwig Landgrave of Hesse had Ramsdorf fortified with trenches and a picket fence. On May 25, 1319 the village was raised to Wigbold . This meant that the inhabitants were no longer considered to be slaves and were exempted from the services of the landlord. The former village was given market law , allowed courts to exercise and be elected a council among citizens.

In 1348/49 the plague raged in Ramsdorf. In addition to the proximity to the more important Borken, the epidemic was possibly one of the reasons why Ramsdorf did not become more important in the further course.

In 1425 the main episcopal courtyard in Ramsdorf was expanded into a castle. Ramsdorf Castle was destroyed as early as 1451 in the course of the Münster collegiate feud (1450-1457), but was later rebuilt.

The municipalities Stadt Ramsdorf (city according to the rural municipality code of 1856 in the province of Westphalia) and parish Ramsdorf were merged on April 1, 1959 to form the new municipality Ramsdorf. On January 1, 1975, the two municipalities of Ramsdorf and Velen merged to form the new municipality of Velen due to respective council resolutions of April 29, 1974 .

On July 26, 1958 around 6:30 p.m., fragments of a meteorite fell from the sky in Ramsdorf . The fall was observed by children and two fragments weighing 4680 g and 2015 g were recovered. It was a common L6 type chondrite . The event went down in village history as a meteorite fall from Ramsdorf .

culture and education

Clubs and events

The cultural life of the place is characterized by a large number of associations, which are listed below:

  • Ramsdorf minstrel march
  • Ramsdorf-Stadt shooting club
  • VFL Ramsdorf
  • Shooting club Holthausen-Bleking
  • Stag rifle club Bleking-Holthausen
  • Ostendorf shooting club
  • KLJB Ramsdorf
  • DPSG Velen-Ramsdorf
  • Tennis club Blau-Weiß Ramsdorf
  • Men's choir Concordia Ramsdorf 1878
  • Ramsdorf fishing community
  • Ramsdorf roundabout

There are four annual shooting festivals: On the second weekend in May, the festival of the Ostendorf shooting club takes place. The shooting club Holthausen-Bleking celebrates on Ascension Day. On the second weekend in July, the town rifle festival is celebrated in Ramsdorf, a week later the bachelor rifle festival in Holthausen-Bleking takes place.
The KLJB organizes a beach volleyball tournament on the fourth Sunday in July .
Two markets - the Walburgis market and the Südring market - complement the series of events.

Education and training.

There is a primary school and a secondary school on site:

  • The Walburgisschule Ramsdorf is a Catholic elementary school that is operated as an open all-day school. The school authority (service provider in the sense of the RStV / TMG) ​​is the city of Velen.
  • The Abraham Frank School is a secondary school for grades 5–10, which is operated as an all-day school. The school authority is the city of Velen.
  • The adult education center Borken operates an office in Ramsdorf and also offers courses there.



The Catholic parish church of St. Walburga is located on Walburgisplatz in the center of the village . It is a late Gothic pseudo-basilica with a high west tower. The transept and choir are designed as an extension in neo-Gothic shapes.

Ramsdorf Castle is around 100 meters southwest of the church . Its oldest parts date from the 15th century. The existing rectangular brick building dates from 1732. Today it houses the local history museum. The history of the place is presented on the basis of numerous objects, starting from prehistoric times to the present.



Sports and leisure opportunities are offered by the outdoor pool and the attached tennis area. Ramsdorf also has two football fields (Wulfkamp Stadium and Ascheplatz at the secondary school). The two multi-purpose sports halls of the primary and secondary school are also used by various sports clubs.

There are bike and hiking trails in Ostendorf, Holthausen and Krückling, as well as on Lünsberg. Ramsdorf also has an extensive urban forest.


See also


  • Volker Tschuschke (edit.): Ramsdorf (= Historical Atlas of Westphalian Cities, Vol. 6). Ardey, Münster 2014, ISBN 978-3-87023-375-4 .

Web links

Commons : Ramsdorf  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Numbers data facts 2012 , velen.de
  2. a b Detlef Fischer: Chronicle of the Münsterland . 1st edition. Aschendorff Verlag , Münster 2003, ISBN 3-402-05343-8 , p. 69 .
  3. ^ City of Velen: History , accessed on August 28, 2018
  4. Stephanie Reekers: The regional development of the districts and communities of Westphalia 1817-1967 . Aschendorff, Münster Westfalen 1977, ISBN 3-402-05875-8 , p. 274 .
  5. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 313 .
  6. ^ The Ramsdorf Meteorite ( Memento from October 4, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  7. The Ramsdorf Meteorite (pdf) ( Memento from July 5, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  8. for naming see Humberghaus