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Coat of arms of the municipality of Reken
Map of Germany, position of the municipality of Reken highlighted

Coordinates: 51 ° 50 '  N , 7 ° 3'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Muenster
Circle : Bark
Height : 100 m above sea level NHN
Area : 78.74 km 2
Residents: 14,888 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 189 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 48734
Area code : 02864
License plate : BOR, AH, BOH
Community key : 05 5 54 044
Community structure: 5 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Kirchstrasse 14
48734 Reken
Website :
Mayor : Manuel Deitert ( CDU )
Location of the municipality of Reken in the Borken district
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Reken is a municipality in western Münsterland in northwestern North Rhine-Westphalia and belongs to the district of Borken in the administrative district of Münster . Reken is a state-approved resort . In addition to the geographical location (the Ruhr area begins a little south), there are also numerous recreational opportunities.


Geographical location

Reken is located in Westmünsterland in the Hohe Mark-Westmünsterland Nature Park between the Rekener Berge mountain ranges in the north, the mountains in the northwest and Hohe Mark in the east, the latter being particularly woody. The Midlicher Mühlenbach rises on the southwestern edge of the Groß Reken district , which is still called Kusebach in the Reken area, and then flows southwards - past the Reken station district and through Klein Reken - through the municipality.

Neighboring communities

Velen Gescher Coesfeld
Heathens Wind rose small.svg Dülmen
Dorsten Haltern am See

Community structure

Districts of Reken

Groß Reken is the largest village in the municipality of Reken and is located in the northwestern part of the municipality. To the south is the Reken station , which was built as a settlement around the station. Further south is the village of Klein Reken . In the east of the municipality are the place Maria Veen and the settlement Hülsten .

Panorama at Reken train station
Districts Residents (02/19)
Great Reken 6310
Maria Veen 2787
Klein Reken 2613
Reken train station 2325
Hülsten 739


Reken was first mentioned in a document in 889.

In the 9th and 10th centuries, today's Reken was called Regnum, mentioned in the Werden Heberegister . The main court of Rekene , first mentioned in 1173 , came into the possession of the Münster cathedral chapter in the 11th or beginning of the 12th century .

In 1467 Reken was one of the three bailiwick districts that were founded in the area.


The community of Reken was re-established on July 1, 1969 through the merger of the previous communities of Groß Reken, Hülsten and Klein Reken.

Population development

year Inhabitants (until 1969 only community Groß Reken)
around 1500 160
around 1850 2700
around 1940 4400
June 6 , 1961 8085
around 2004 about 14,539
January 5 , 2007 14,529
December 31 , 2013 14,411


Local election 2014
Turnout: 55.1% (2009: 58.4%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
+ 2.8  % p
-3.1  % p
+ 2.5  % p
+ 2.1  % p.p.
-4.3  % p
town hall

Municipal council

After the local elections on May 25, 2014 , the council was composed as follows:

Party / group Seats
CDU 17th
SPD 4th
Green 3

After the councilor elected for the FDP has joined the Greens, the Greens have 4 seats and the FDP no longer has a seat (as of February 13, 2017).

Coat of arms and banner

The municipality was granted the right to use a coat of arms, a seal and a banner with a certificate from the District President in Münster dated January 16, 1970.

coat of arms

Blazon : "In yellow (gold) above a double black church choir, each with 3 windows and a pointed roof, a six-leaf green holly branch with 11 (3: 8) red berries."

The coat of arms originally designed by Waldemar Mallek and later used for the former community of Groß Reken shows the two naves of the Groß Reken fortified church under a sprig of holly, a bush typical of the area.

Description of the banner: "From yellow to black to yellow in a ratio of 1: 3: 1, striped lengthways, in the middle of the upper half of the black strip of the coat of arms of the municipality." The main statute gives no description of the banner.

Town twinning

Reken has a town partnership with Lenzen on the Elbe in Brandenburg and with the Polish town of Rydułtowy in the powiat Wodzisławski , Silesian Voivodeship .

Culture and sights


The Hermitage near Reken
Reken train station
Melchenberg transmitter systems
Windmill landmark of Reken

Two kilometers further north of Groß-Reken is the Hermitage , a local pilgrimage site , within a wooded area of ​​the Hohe Mark-Westmünsterland Nature Park . The Hermitage consists of a Catholic chapel with an attached residential building. The first chapel was mentioned in a document in 1742 in connection with a healing spring in the area. It was dedicated to the painful Mother of God and offered space for a total of five people. In the course of time it was expanded and rebuilt again and again. A hermit lived in the house until 1879 , from then on a family lived in the property. In 1986 the chapel was thoroughly renovated and since then the chapel has been visited by a growing number of pilgrims .

The station building in the Reken station district and previously no longer used (only a ticket machine was installed at the station) was completely renovated in 2005/2006. In addition, the outdoor facilities were completely redesigned. The aim is to create a kind of park landscape on the site, which has barbecue areas and relaxation areas, but not by creating paved paths, but only by cutting back the wild vegetation. There is a meeting point for Nordic Walking near the train station. From here four signposted routes of different lengths lead through the surrounding area.

Instead of fewer parking spaces, there are now numerous parking spaces and a spacious, covered shelter for bicycles. For this project, the warehouses on the site were demolished and rebuilt elsewhere outside the station area.

On the Melchenberg ( 133.8  m above sea  level ) located directly north of Groß Reken there are two transmission systems: the 60 m high radio tower Groß Reken Melchenberg (steel lattice tower for mobile radio) with a viewing platform and a 70 m high reinforced concrete tower.


The Frankenhof wildlife park can be found on the outskirts of Reken train station .

Sport and education

There is an 18-hole golf course, sports fields, cycling and hiking trails and a Nordic walking park. There are three primary schools, a grammar school, a secondary school and the bridge school Maria Veen, LWL- Fördererschule, with a focus on physical and motor development

The Elisabeth-von-Thüringen-Realschule and the Overberg-Hauptschule have not accepted any new students since the 2013/14 school year and are being replaced by the Hohe Mark secondary school, which was founded in parts of the Elisabeth-von-Thüringen-Realschule building .

Regular events

Regular events that take place annually are primarily the shooting festivals . On many weekends, events take place in the Rekenforum, including plays, comedy and music performances. In addition, the Rekener Volkslauf takes place every spring. The organizer is the Sportfreunde Klein-Reken association.

Economy and Infrastructure


Reken has three train stations on the Duisburg – Quakenbrück line : Reken (in Reken train station), Klein Reken and Maria Veen . The line was built by the former Rheinische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft as a long-distance connection from Duisburg to Wilhelmshaven around 1877. The Dorsten - Coesfeld section is served by regional train 45 Der Coesfelder .  

The express bus line S75 (Sprinterbus) connects Maria Veen with Münster and Bocholt . The vehicles come from SWK Mobil , but the stop is not at the Maria Veen train station , but outside the village along the B 67 .

Reken is connected to the Ruhr area via the southern city of Dorsten . Important transport connections are the A 31 (popularly known as the (East) Friesenspieß ) and the A 43 , which merges into the B 58 or B 67 through the Hohe Mark-Westmünsterland Nature Park .

Established businesses

In Reken, the Iglo company manufactures part of its production in the outskirts of the Reken station district. After almost 1,000 jobs were cut in the meantime by the financial investor Permira, the company was sold to the American investor group Nomad Foods Limited in 2015. Since then, additional production lines have been built and the number of employees has increased by around 250 to a further 700 employees.

In Maria Veen there is the Benediktushof, a charitable non-profit organization of the Josefs Society . With more than 600 seats, it is one of the largest of its kind in Germany. Here, physically and multiply handicapped people can rehabilitate themselves at school, professionally and socially. The workers' colony Haus Maria-Veen , a facility for homeless people, is in the immediate vicinity .

The rest of the economy in Reken is characterized by agriculture and small craft businesses , but large companies also settle in the partly newly founded or expanded industrial areas.

View from the observation platform of the radio tower Groß Reken Melchenberg on the Melchenberg south-southeast to Groß Reken


Born in Reken

Associated with Reken

  • Ursula Bruns (1922–2016), author and horse expert, ran a riding school in Reken

See also

Web links

Commons : Reken  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  2. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 95 .
  3. Archived copy ( memento of the original dated August 30, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. State Returning Officer NRW: 2014 local elections in Reken
  5. ^ Website of the Reken community - community council , accessed on February 13, 2017
  6. Main statute of the municipality of Reken, § 2. (PDF) Retrieved on February 11, 2013 .