Tecklenburger Land

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Tecklenburger Land
Tecklenburger Land (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Tecklenburger Land
Tecklenburger Land
Coordinates 52 ° 17 ′  N , 7 ° 45 ′  E Coordinates: 52 ° 17 ′  N , 7 ° 45 ′  E
Basic data
Country Germany


North Rhine-Westphalia
height 236 m
surface 811 km²
Residents 174,963 (December 31, 2017)
density 215.7  Ew. / km²
View from the Teutoburg Forest from Tecklenburg Castle to the Aatal near Ibbenbüren
View from the Teutoburg Forest from Tecklenburg Castle to the Aatal near Ibbenbüren

The Tecklenburger Land is a region with eleven cities and communities in northern Westphalia , surrounded by the Münsterland , Emsland and Osnabrücker Land . In its current extent, the area arose in 1816 with the establishment of the Tecklenburg district from the Westphalian areas of the old county of Tecklenburg in the 14th century. After the local government reform in the 1970s, the region is now part of the newly created district of Steinfurt in Münster Region leading to the so-called Munster counties counts.

The name Tecklenburger Land is associated with the Count House Tecklenburg as an expression for the land of the Tecklenburger Counts . The region is linked by a common history spanning several centuries, through which a pronounced regional awareness developed in the population due to political, historical and religious differences to the Münsterland.


Location of the Tecklenburger Land region on the border with Osnabrück Land in Lower Saxony

Today the borders of the Tecklenburger Land are often equated with those of the former Tecklenburg district in northern North Rhine-Westphalia . The former Tecklenburg district was thus largely congruent with the regional habitat that had grown over centuries.

Through the organization of many associations and clubs at this level, this definition of the region has been consolidated in the population and has been retained in tourism marketing despite the fact that it is often presented differently. In terms of landscape or history, neighboring municipalities are sometimes included in the Tecklenburger Land, including Schapen , Saerbeck and Hembergen .

For the most part, the Tecklenburger Land lies in the Lower Saxon mountainous region , especially in the Teutoburg Forest . The center around Ibbenbüren , Mettingen , Tecklenburg and Westerkappeln in particular is characterized by a mountainous landscape. The ridge of the Teutoburg Forest ends at Bevergern in Huckberg . The Westphalian Bay begins south of the Teutoburg Forest and to the north the North German Plain borders with the Plantlünner Sand Plain as part of the Dümmer-Geest valley . Ladbergen and parts of Riesenbeck , Lengerich and Lienen belong to the Westphalian Bay, the Plantlünner sand plain includes the villages of Shell , Dreierwalde and parts of Recke and Hörstel .

In terms of landscape and spatial policy, the Tecklenburger Land is to be seen as a continuation of the Osnabrück Land, which ends at the border with Lower Saxony. Other neighboring regions are the Münsterland in the south and the Emsland in the west. The Tecklenburger Land is shown as a separate region between Osnabrück Land and Münsterland in detailed topographical maps .

Climate and geography


The climate in the Tecklenburger Land is cool-temperate to warm. This is what is known as the sea ​​climate ( CfB climate ), which is often found in Central and Western Europe. The weather is determined by westerly and northwesterly winds , which bring cool summers and mild, rainy winters to the region. With around 840 mm, the Tecklenburger Land has a considerable amount of precipitation that is above the national average . April is the driest month of the year with approx. 40 mm and August with approx. 100 mm the wettest month. In total, the duration of sunshine amounts to around 1560 hours and is therefore close to the German average of around 1550 hours.

July is the warmest with an average of 18.6 ° C, although the summer months often have short periods of heat with temperatures above 30 ° C. In winter, January is the coldest month at 2.2 ° C. However, short cold sections with temperatures of −10 ° C or lower are definitely possible. The probability of snowfall at this time of year is at altitudes over 200 m above sea level. NN around Lienen, Ibbenbüren and Tecklenburg at the highest.

Monthly average temperatures and precipitation for the Tecklenburger Land
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 4.5 5.9 9.5 13.9 18.9 22.3 24.2 23.3 19.7 14.4 9.2 7.1 O 14.5
Min. Temperature (° C) 0.2 -0.1 2.1 3.8 8.0 11.7 13.2 12.6 9.9 7.4 4.1 3.1 O 6.4
Temperature (° C) 2.4 2.8 5.8 9.2 13.7 17.1 18.8 18.0 14.7 10.9 6.7 5.1 O 10.5
Precipitation ( mm ) 77 42 56 36 44 63 69 76 50 59 61 63 Σ 696
Hours of sunshine ( h / d ) 1 3 4th 6th 7th 7th 7th 6th 5 3 2 1 O 4.3
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Source: Weather Service - Lotte / Osnabrück climate map Data basis: 10/2014 - 09/2019


The Tecklenburger Land is mainly characterized by the low mountain range of the Teutoburg Forest . This stretches from the state border in the southeast near Lienen to Hörstel in the southwest. In the southeast on the border with the district of Osnabrück there are also the highest mountains in the Tecklenburger Land, which is first of all the Westerbecker ( 236  m above sea level ) and then the Lienener Berg ( 225  m above sea level ) near Lienen.

Located on the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest, Tecklenburg is also the northernmost mountain city in Germany.

Other prominent elevations in the Teutoburg Forest are the Leedener Berg ( 202  m above sea level ) in Tecklenburg-Leeden and the Dörenther cliffs ( 159  m above sea level ) in Ibbenbüren. In the further course of the Teutoburg Forest towards the west, the mountains become increasingly lower and the width of the ridge also becomes smaller. Well-known elevations here are the Bergeshöveder Berg , the Lagerberg , the Birgter Berg and the Riesenbecker Berg , which the Hermannsweg passes by. Interrupted by the Gravenhorster Gorge with the Mittelland Canal, the Huckberg is the visible end point of the Teutoburg Forest ridge near Bevergern.

The Ibbenbürener Bergplatte is located in the center of the Tecklenburger Land. She was best known for the Ibbenbüren coal mine, which was operated until 2018. At a height of between 120 and 170 meters, this carbon nest has an extension of 14 km in east-west and five to six kilometers in north-south direction. On the Ibbenbürener Bergplatte there are the mine dumps, which were artificially created by the mining company, Rudolfhalde or also called Buchholzhalde, and the Hopstener Straße dump, which is often also referred to as Hopstener Halde.



Map of the
waters of the Tecklenburger Land

The entire region belongs to the Ems catchment area , but it does not even affect the Tecklenburger Land. The area is divided into a southern, a northwest and an eastern drainage area. The southern drainage area is sharply demarcated by the Osning ridge. The main drainage here takes place via the Aldruper Mühlenbach , the Lengericher Aabach and the Ladberger / Lienener Mühlenbach , which flow south into the Glane . Furthermore, the Bevergerner Aa and the Brochterbecker Mühlenbach run south into the Hemelter Bach in this area .

About half of the Tecklenburger Land comprises the northwestern drainage area. The waters originating on the Schafberg predominantly flow to the north. The main drainage in this area occurs via the Dreierwalder Aa / Hörsteler Aa / Ibbenbürener Aa , the Hopstener Aa / Recker Aa / Mettinger Aa , the Bardelgraben , the Giegel Aa and the Schaler Aa . These waters ultimately flow together in the neighboring Emsland in the Große Aa .

A small part of the eastern region drains north. This happens over the Hischebach , the Leedener Mühlenbach / Goldbach and Seester Bruchgraben into the Düte and into the Hase . Most of the streams in the Tecklenburger Land have their source in the area of ​​Osnings and Schafberg. A river that has dried up due to mining activities is the tarpaulin . This once flowed from the Schafberg to Ibbenbüren. Frequent in the region ending of a place name to -Beck represents Bach, for example in giant basin , Brochter beck and Laggen beck .


The poverty of stagnant water in Westphalia is also evident in the Tecklenburger Land. The largest natural inland lake in Westphalia is located near Hopsten, the Great Sacred Sea that emerged from a sinkhole and is now under nature protection . In some cases, other larger natural bodies of water such as the mountain ponds near Ibbenbüren no longer exist. The Herthasee (formerly Kiebitzsee) in Hörstel was also created by a sinkhole.

In contrast, a number of artificially created bodies of water can be found in the Tecklenburger Land today. They were mainly created by quarries, limestone mining, and the construction of canals and motorways. The nature reserve Steinbruch im Kleefeld in Lengerich is such a body of water that was created by a former limestone mining area. The area placed under protection in 1989 is also known as the Canyon or Blue Lagoon . With the construction of the A1 and A30 autobahns , more artificial lakes were created through sand mining. These include the Ibbenbürener Aasee , the peat bog lake in Hörstel and the forest lake and the Buddenkuhle in Ladbergen. Other lakes created by sand mining are the Präriesee and Sundermannsee in Westerkappeln.


The Tecklenburger Land includes a total of eleven cities and communities, which are popularly called based on the Altkreis TE communities . The cities with the highest population are Ibbenbüren with 51,822 and Lengerich with 22,660 inhabitants, each of which forms a middle center . Other cities are Hörstel (20,344 inhabitants) and Tecklenburg (9070 inhabitants).

The largest municipality in the Tecklenburger Land is Lotte with 14,095 inhabitants in the immediate vicinity of the city of Osnabrück . The larger communities with more than 10,000 inhabitants include Mettingen (11,828 inhabitants), Recke (11,376 inhabitants) and Westerkappeln (11,241 inhabitants). The smallest municipality is Ladbergen with 6688 inhabitants, followed by Hopsten (7650 inhabitants) and Lienen (8604 inhabitants).

As a result of the regional reform in the 1970s, some of these cities and municipalities were created by amalgamating previously independent localities. These present-day districts appear independently in organizations or associations. In this context, the towns of Bevergern , Dreierwalde and Riesenbeck (town of Hörstel), Brochterbeck , Ledde and Leeden (town of Tecklenburg), Halverde and Schal (town of Hopsten) and Wersen (town of Lotte) deserve special mention.



The Low German dialect spoken in the Tecklenburger Land is called Tecklenburger Platt and represents a dialect of its own alongside the Münsterländer Platt spoken in the Münsterland . Tecklenburger Platt developed from East Westphalian in the Osnabrück area and does not show the so-called Westphalian break of the Münsterländer Platt.


The Tecklenburger Land does not have a uniform denominational structure. Due to the fact that it belongs to the county of Tecklenburg ( shell and east of the city of Tecklenburg ), the Protestant faith predominates. In the area of ​​the former Upper County of Lingen , i.e. in Ibbenbüren, Brochterbeck, Recke and Mettingen, both the Protestant and the Catholic denominations are roughly equally represented. In the west in the area of ​​the communities of Hopsten and Hörstel , the Catholic denomination predominated almost exclusively until 1945, as these areas belonged to the monastery of Münster until the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss 1803 . Only with the arrival of refugees and displaced persons from the former eastern areas of the German Reich did the number of Protestants there increase, and at the same time that of Catholics in the formerly purely Protestant places.

Until the early 1940s there were Jewish communities in Ibbenbüren, Westerkappeln, Lengerich and Hopsten. Particularly noteworthy is the Hopsten Jewish community, which was the only former Orthodox Jewish community in Westphalia. The synagogues were destroyed in the Night of the Reichspogrom on November 9, 1938. Today the Jewish cemeteries are looked after by the Jewish community in Osnabrück. Today there are a few Jews living in the Tecklenburger Land again.

Characteristics of social life

The Tecklenburger Land is often found as an organizational unit in everyday life . The regional structures are based on the former district boundaries, occasionally including the municipality of Saerbeck . Examples of this can be found in many areas of public life. In sport there is the Tecklenburg district league in football and VCB Tecklenburger Land plays in the Bundesliga in volleyball . Public institutions such as the German Red Cross are organized in the Tecklenburger Land district association, just as the Tecklenburger Land community foundation is involved in the region. Supply companies like the WTL were founded to supply the Tecklenburger Land. To date there are numerous other institutions that are organized on this basis. Some of these institutions existed before the territorial reform and did not join it.


Prehistory and early history

Traces can already be found from the Paleolithic that point to people in today's Tecklenburger Land. In Westerkappeln-Westerbeck, hewn flints were found that date from this period. In the entire area of ​​the Teutoburg Forest, sites of deposits of stone age people are known. These finds are no evidence of permanent settlement, but merely the first traces of the early days. What is certain is that the people of that time used the area as a hunting ground.

Sloop stones between Wersen and Westerkappeln

Arable farming in the Neolithic Age began later in the Tecklenburger Land than in the rest of Westphalia. The region's poor soils are a possible reason for this development. At the beginning of the third millennium BC, the funnel cup culture introduced agriculture and livestock farming. Numerous large stone graves such as the sloop stones in Wersen or the barrows in Lengerich Wechte still bear witness to this culture .

In the Bronze Age , burial mounds were created throughout the region , which once existed in the area by the thousands and today only a few are recognizable. Evidence from this past are finds of bronze jewelry and objects of art. In the pre-Roman Iron Age , people succeeded in melting iron and producing glass for the first time. Glass beads as grave goods are evidence from this era. Other testimonies from this time are scattered rather thinly.


The expansion efforts of the Romans at the beginning of the era have not left the Tecklenburger Land without a trace. A clay vessel from this time was found in Westerkappeln in 1920. This vessel suggests contacts with the Roman Empire. Possibly the Brukterer tribe lived in the area around the Teutoburg Forest . Numerous testimonies from this time can be found just a few kilometers behind the border of the Tecklenburger Land. In the year 9 AD the Roman general Varus failed in the subjugation of the Germanic peoples. In Bramsche-Kalkriese , archaeologists were able to prove the signs of a battle. It is not clear whether it is the Varus Battle , in which the Germanic general Arminius defeated his Roman adversary.

There is hardly any evidence in the Tecklenburger Land from the time of the Great Migration , which could indicate a relatively low population density . This changed at the beginning of the early Middle Ages, which is indicated by settlement finds. The first written traditions and documents can be traced back to the time between 600 and 750 AD, when the Saxons came to the region from the north. Around 800, the old county of Tecklenburg slowly emerged.

middle Ages

The Tecklenburger Land until October 25, 1400

The Counts of Tecklenburg appeared for the first time in written sources around 1100. The first count was Egbert , who was married to a daughter of Count Otto von Zunft. Their sphere of influence extended from Ibbenbüren in the south to Cloppenburg in the north. In 1189, when the lords of Ibbenbüren died out and they acquired part of this property, their sphere of influence extended into the Münsterland. A remnant of these former noblemen is the ruin of the Heidenturm on Aasee in Ibbenbüren. Here was her Ibbenbüren Castle.

Gatehouse of Tecklenburg Castle

Count Otto von Tecklenburg fought against the French on the side of Emperor Otto IV in 1214 . There he was taken prisoner and locked in a fortress for three years before he was released. He got into trouble in 1225 when he gave shelter to the murderer of Bishop Engelbert I of Cologne , Count Friedrich von Isenberg , in Tecklenburg. After an eleven-year dispute, the Count of Tecklenburg had to give up his bailiwick rights over Osnabrück and Iburg Castle to the Bishop of Osnabrück. As atonement, he founded the Cistercian monastery Leeden in 1240 . His vassal Konrad von Brochterbeck founded the Gravenhorst monastery in 1256 . Count Otto died in 1262. With Otto's death, the fate of the Counts of Tecklenburg turned.

Otto's son died early and childless in 1248. His daughter Heilwigis married Otto von Bentheim. So the county of Tecklenburg fell to him. He arranged the situation in the Tecklenburger Land, which was badly torn by wars. He also founded the monastery in 1278 . With his death in 1284, the county fell to his brother Egbert von Bentheim.

In the 14th century, the sick Count Otto IV. , After serious feuds with the bishops of Münster and Osnabrück and as heirs to Otto V , gave Gunzlin von Schwerin to his brother-in-law. Under the direction of the Schwerin people, the county increasingly disintegrated as a result of wars that resulted from untactical behavior. On October 25, 1400, Count Nikolaus II had to cede half of his county , including Bevergern Castle and numerous areas, including Friesoythe , Sögel , Cloppenburg , Löningen and Schwagstorf (today Fürstenau), to the bishops of Münster and Osnabrück. The villages of Bevergern , Riesenbeck , Hörstel , Hopsten , possessions in Saerbeck , Greven and Hembergen - as well as the fishing rights in the Ems had to be assigned to the Bishop of Münster . From this point on there was only a remnant of the county around Lingen , Spelle , Freren , Ibbenbüren and Tecklenburg itself. The county sank into insignificance.

Early modern age

The Reformation in the Tecklenburger Land was promoted primarily in the areas of the Count of Tecklenburg. Count Konrad von Tecklenburg had entered the service of Landgrave Philip of Hesse , at whose side he fought the Schmalkaldic War . Since 1541 he systematically installed Reformed preachers in the parishes. The Leeden and Shell monasteries were dissolved by him in 1538 and 1535, respectively. The monastery near Osterberg ( Lotte ) was dissolved, but occupied again with the defeat of the Protestants in the Schmalkaldic War in 1552, before it was finally dissolved in 1633. The places in the Tecklenburger Land that belonged to the Duchy of Münster remained Catholic .

Areas of the Tecklenburg district

As a result of a ruling by the Reich Chamber of Commerce , the county of Tecklenburg fell to the Solms family in 1696 . Count Wilhelm Moritz von Solms-Braunfels sold Tecklenburg to Prussia in 1707 . In a Berlin comparison , the Count's House of Bentheim-Tecklenburg waived all claims against Prussia in 1729.

19th century

With the reorganization of Prussia and the formation of the Province of Westphalia in 1816, the Tecklenburg district came into being . The writer Friedrich Ernst Hunsche described the founding of the district as the reunification of the old county of Tecklenburg . The district comprised the areas of the remainder of the county of Tecklenburg, the upper county of Lingen , which was separated in 1515, and the office of Bevergern, which was ceded to the bishop of Münster in 1400 . The current definition of the Tecklenburger Land region arose from this division of the former Tecklenburg district.

Second World War

The air war

Despite its rural location, Tecklenburger Land was often the target of Allied bombing raids during World War II . The culvert of the Mühlenbach under the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the culvert of the Hörsteler Aa under the Mittelland Canal were destroyed and rebuilt several times. The aim was to make the canals impassable for ships by destroying the culverts, thereby cutting off the transport route.

Several bombing raids were also carried out on Ibbenbueren with the Nike and on Hopsten Airport .

Fight at the end of the war

British tanks crossed Hopsten on April 8, 1945

After British troops crossed the Rhine ( Operation Plunder ) on March 23, 1945 near Wesel, the Tecklenburger Land soon became part of the fighting. On March 25th, the Volkssturm was called together in Ibbenbüren and was to take action as soon as the enemy approaches. The Ibbenbüren armed forces depot in the Sweering factory was closed on March 26th. Initially it was supposed to be burned down, but at the last moment the goods were released to the civilian population.

A tanker truck was set on fire by low-flying aircraft at Ibbenbüren station on Good Friday, March 30th, which caused building fires around the station. On the same day at 5 p.m. in Ibbenbüren a tank alarm was given.

On Holy Saturday, March 31, 1945, heads of the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment and the 4th King's Shropshire Light Infantry, coming from Emsdetten and Mesum, reached Riesenbeck without encountering any resistance. At the same time, an officer training course from Celle reached Ibbenbüren after a long march on foot.

On the night of Easter Sunday, April 1st, the Dortmund-Ems Canal was crossed by British troops in Birgte . The existing bridge had been blown up by retreating German troops. The canal had run empty due to the bombing in Ladbergen and Gravenhorst and could partly be crossed with dry feet. In addition, the British built a makeshift bridge in Birgte.

From the early hours of the morning on Easter Sunday, the British tanks advanced as far as the road from Dörenthe to Ibbenbüren. On today's B 219 at Dörenther Berg, a command tank was shot down by a Volkssturm man, which caused the British tanks to retreat to their bridgehead in Birgte. As a result of the retreat, the German officer candidates were able to entrench themselves in the Teutoburg Forest around the Dörenther and Riesenbecker Berg.

On the following days until April 6th, there was heavy fighting, first in the Teutoburg Forest and later in the urban area of ​​Ibbenbüren.

Younger development

Protest sticker from the 1970s rediscovered during construction work

Territorial reform: In the 1970s there was a major municipal and district reform. This led to profound changes in the administrative structure of the Tecklenburger Land. So it came to the amalgamation of cities and municipalities in the entire region. The district reform brought the biggest change: the dissolution of the Tecklenburg district and the loss of political independence. Under the slogan TE - must remain , attempts were in vain to avert the dissolution. A lawsuit by the Tecklenburg district against this development also remained inconclusive. On January 1, 1975, the reform came into force with the Münster / Hamm Act . The so-called Großkreis Steinfurt emerged from the Steinfurt district , the Tecklenburg district and parts of the Münster district .

Münsterland snow chaos: On November 25th and 26th, 2005, the Tecklenburger Land was not spared from the snow masses that hit the southern Emsland , the Münsterland and parts of the Osnabrücker Land . Prolonged power outages occurred in numerous places. During these two days, up to 50 cm of snow fell. This event went down as a snow chaos in German post-war history.


coat of arms

On June 30, 1934, the Prussian State Ministry awarded the then Tecklenburg district a coat of arms. With the territorial reform, the coat of arms lost its official character as a district coat of arms, but from then on served many associations and organizations in the region as a symbol for the Tecklenburger Land. It can still be found in many places in the region today.

Former flag of the Tecklenburg district
Coat of arms of the Tecklenburg district
Blazon : "Split and half-divided: In front in silver (white) three red water lily pads, in the back in the upper field in blue a gold (yellow) anchor, in the lower field in gold (yellow) a red bar."
Justification of the coat of arms: The coat of arms is described as split and half-divided. In front in silver (white) three red water lily pads, in the back in the upper field in blue a golden (yellow) anchor, in the lower field in gold (yellow) a red bar. It shows the parts of the Tecklenburger Land. The water lily leaves are the symbol of the county of Tecklenburg, as well as the anchor that of the county of Lingen. The red bars in gold indicate the Bevergern office and its return from the Münster bishopric.


Tecklenburg district building

District administrative authority: With the completion of the North Rhine-Westphalian territorial reform in 1975 and the dissolution of the Tecklenburg district, the Tecklenburger Land's 160 years of independence as a district ended. From then on, the task was taken over by the newly founded Steinfurt district with the newly founded district town of Steinfurt. Because of the large expansion of the new district area and the distance between the eastern municipalities and the district town, a large branch of the district administration remained in Tecklenburg. Today, the Tecklenburger Kreishaus serves as a so-called bridgehead for direct contact with citizens , in order to be able to deal with public-intensive administrative tasks for the Tecklenburger Land (e.g. building authority or youth welfare office) in a citizen-friendly manner.

Intermunicipal cooperation: The strong roots of the citizens in the region are reflected in a large number of joint political activities. This is characterized by intensive intermunicipal cooperation. These include, among other things, the regular meetings of all eleven mayors to exchange experiences, the joint management of coal conversion and the establishment of the Tecklenburger Land public utilities . In 2014, for the second time, we successfully applied as a LEADER region. In the funding instrument initiated by the European Union, the Tecklenburger Land is to be further developed as a competitive region.


Economic structure

The economy and value creation in the Tecklenburger Land is shaped by the manufacturing industry , food industry , mechanical engineering , mining , packaging industry , especially processing companies ( craft , small and medium-sized industry ), energy supply and construction companies . An equally large work creation is in the service sector , the most important sectors of which include tourism , the hospitality industry and the transport sector . The Agriculture , Forestry and Fisheries carries through processing and energy production significantly to value creation.

In the summer of 2014 there were almost 52,000 employees subject to social insurance contributions in the Tecklenburger Land . In percentage terms, the largest branch of employment was the service sector with about 57%, which was made up of 25% trade, hospitality and transport and 32% other services. The manufacturing industry had a total share of approx. 42% and approx. 1% of employees subject to social security contributions were active in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The unemployment rate in the region was at a very low level of 4% in the Ibbenbüren employment office and 4.1% in the Lengerich employment office. The rate was thus well below the average for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia of 8.2%.

Primary sector

Agriculture has always been an important industry in Tecklenburger Land. There are around 1,150 farms in the region, cultivating around 42,500 hectares. This corresponds to approx. 55% of the total area of ​​the Tecklenburger Land and is thus above the North Rhine-Westphalian state average of 45%. Overall, the area used for agriculture and the number of farms have decreased in recent years. An increasing number of large companies can be observed. The products are further processed by companies located in the region.

The natural mineral resources in Tecklenburger Land are coal , sandstone , limestone and ores . The hard coal mining in the region looks back on a long tradition and occupied an important position. The operator of the mine Ibbenbüren that RAG Anthrazit Ibbenbüren GmbH , dealing in the as Ibbenbürener coal mining area designated mining area last about 1500 employees. Until the end of 2018, anthracite coal was mined from a depth of more than 1500 meters in the eastern field . The Westfeld mining field and the Mieke mine were closed in 1979 and 1964, respectively. The north shaft in Mettingen was at times the deepest operating hard coal shaft in Europe.

The quarries in the Tecklenburger Land are also steeped in tradition. Numerous quarries have excavated mainly sandstone and limestone in the slopes of the Teutoburg Forest and the Ibbenbürener Bergplatte in the past centuries . Lime extraction in the region dates back to 1550 and is now mainly carried out in the Lengerich and Lienen area. The mining areas in Hörstel-Riesenbeck and Ibbenbüren-Dörenthe are no longer active today. The lime was broken in these areas in small pits and processed directly at the edge of the pit. The Ibbenbürener sandstone is known nationwide because of its yellow patterned color and was z. B. used for the construction of the Osnabrück Cathedral of St. Peter . Many quarry operations break him primarily in the western part of the mountain Ibbenbürener plate. The Osning sandstone from the Teutoburg Forest, which is also known as the Tecklenburger sandstone, is less known . This type of rock is no longer broken in the Tecklenburger Land today.

Ore mining in the region first began in the 16th century and lasted until 1921 and was resumed from 1936 to 1941. The Perm ore mine was located in the Ibbenbüren, Mettingen and Westerkappeln area. Lead and zinc ores were mined from 1912 until it was closed in 1921. Because of the low iron content compared to Swedish ores, the mine was closed in 1921. The lawn iron ore mining was mainly in the area of ​​Hopsten and Hörstel. The last mining operations stopped mining in the 1940s.

In addition, there are large deposits of sand , clay / silt and peat in the Tecklenburger Land . These mineral resources are extracted using the dry mining method . The mining of clay and silt takes place in the area of ​​the municipalities of Mettingen, Ibbenbüren and Tecklenburg. The processing of these two raw materials takes place in the region. In the municipalities of Hörstel, Ladbergen, Lengerich and Lienen, sand is dug up in pits for further processing. Peat was extracted in the Recker / Mettinger Moor from the early 1950s to 1991.

Secondary sector

The manufacturing industry in Tecklenburger Land is characterized by nationally known large companies as well as medium and small businesses. Agricultural products are processed into food and luxury goods such as frozen goods ( Conditorei Coppenrath & Wiese ), ready-made cakes ( Kuchenmeister ), cold-pressed rapeseed oils ( Teutoburger Ölmühle ), confectionery / gingerbread ( Lambertz / Heemann ) or spirits ( Kornbrennerei C. Langemeyer ). Other products are starches that are produced in two large factories in Ibbenbüren (Crespel & Deiters and Krönerstärke). One of the largest employers in this area is the Coppenrath & Wiese confectionery, which employs over 1,700 people at the Mettingen location.

The solid raw materials are further processed in the region. The Lengerich cement works ( Dyckerhoff ) and the former Wallmeyer lime works in Brochterbeck are evidence of the long-standing tradition of lime burning. Numerous ruins of small lime kilns can be found on the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest. In Ibbenbüren-Uffeln, the remains of an oven were used to create a grandstand for a football field and in Recke-Steinbeck, a small open-air museum was built around an oven. Plants for the production of clinker , bricks and ceramics ( ABC Klinkergruppe ) are located in Recke, Hörstel and Westerkappeln-Velpe.

Since 1912 the hard coal extracted in the Tecklenburger Land has been converted into electricity. In 1912, Nike opened the Nike power plant in Ibbenbüren north of the train station in Ibbenbüren. The shutdown took place in 1958. As a replacement, the Preussag ballast power plant Ibbenbüren was built in 1954 . It had an output of 92 MW and was located on the site of the Oeynhausenschacht. The Ibbenbüren power plant Unit A was built right next to the ballast power plant in 1967. The electrical output was 150 MW. The ballast power plant was replaced by the new unit B in 1985 . Block A was closed in 1987 due to its poor environmental friendliness. The current block B since the complete takeover of the plant by RWE only power plant Ibbenbüren is called, has an output of 770 MW.

The development and construction of special machines and systems is another important branch of the economy in the Tecklenburger Land. The production of machines for the production and processing of flexible packaging as well as bag machines ( Windmöller & Hölscher and B & B-MAF ), the production of tools and production systems for the production of plastic components ( FRIMO ), container and apparatus construction ( Josef Jasper Hopsten ), should be emphasized . Products and systems for pond and fountain technology ( OASE ), the manufacture of large silo systems along with upstream and downstream technology ( RIELA ), vehicles and sprayers for plant protection ( AMAZONE Technologie Leeden ) and meters for measuring and regulating gases ( Honeywell Kromschröder ). Other large companies are active in the production of flexible packaging made of plastic and plastic composites as well as technical films ( Bischof + Klein ), in the development and production of technical plastic components for the automotive, electronics and furniture industries ( OKE Group ), in the creation of Structures and buildings in glued wood construction ( Poppensieker & Derix ), in the production of special parts made of cast steel ( GussStahl Lienen ) and the production of altar and everyday candles ( G. & W. Jaspers candle factory ). Well over 3,000 employees work in the region in the field of plastics processing (mechanical engineering, packaging and parts / components).

The Tecklenburger Land is the location of chemical plants, which are mainly concentrated in the Uffeln port area. The core of these chemical companies is Akzo Nobel (formerly Elektrochemie Ibbenbüren - ECI), which operates chlorine electrolysis for the production of the basic chemicals chlorine , caustic soda , hydrogen , as well as the secondary products hydrochloric acid , bleaching liquor and iron salt solutions . These products are further processed into nitroalkanes and their derivatives by Angus Chemie . Chemicals for water treatment are produced by Sidra Chemie and Sachtleben Chemie . Westfalen AG operates an air separation plant that uses the linden process to extract oxygen , nitrogen and special gases from the air. Pharmaceutical companies have settled in Ibbenbüren and Lengerich. The Wiewelhove GmbH in Ibbenbüren provides different solid oral pharmaceutical ago. The Wagener & Co. GmbH in Lengerich is a contract manufacturer unterschiedlichster pharmaceutical products.

In the construction sector, the Echterhoff Bau -Gruppe from Westerkappeln-Velpe plans and implements major construction projects such as B. the train station Berlin Südkreuz or the valley bridge Wuppertal-Langerfeld . The Schäfer construction company took on major construction projects of equal importance and was active, among other things, in the Berlin government district . The company was dissolved or partially taken over following bankruptcy in 2013.

The concessions for the energy and water supply networks in Tecklenburger country are supplied with the water supply Association Tecklenburger country , the public utilities Tecklenburger Land (Northern Region) and Stadtwerke Lengerich (southern region) or its network companies . The network operation is carried out by the licensee himself or by companies such as B. Westnetz or SWO Netz .

The textile industry has developed in the Tecklenburger Land since the 16th century and came to an end with the textile crisis of 1980 and the loss of many jobs. The roots of the textile house C&A Brenninkmeyer are in Mettingen .

Tertiary sector

Over 50% of the local added value in the Tecklenburger Land can be traced back to the service sector. The most important industries in this area include retail, hospitality / tourism and transport. In particular, the tourist offer has been expanded extensively in the past few decades.

In 2014 there were a total of 87 accommodation facilities in the region with ten or more guest beds and offer overnight accommodation for around 2,400 guests. At the time of the survey, the villages of Tecklenburg had approx. 735 guest beds, Ibbenbüren approx. 450 guest beds and Hörstel approx. 364 guest beds. These three communities thus own over 50% of the accommodation facilities in the Tecklenburger Land. The remaining 40 or so companies are spread over the other eight communities in the region. The average bed occupancy in 2014 was 37.3% and thus slightly higher than in the entire administrative district of Münster with 36.1%. The average length of stay was three days and thus approx. 30% longer than in the entire administrative district of Münster with 2.2 days.

Many hiking and cycling trails run through the Tecklenburger Land, such as the Hermannsweg , the 100-Schlösser-Route , the Töddenland-Radweg , the Sagenroute , the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal-Route , the Jakobsweg and the Friedensroute . In the summer of 2015, the Tecklenburger Land was recognized as one of the first three premium hiking regions in Germany for its seven Teuto Loops hiking routes . The summer toboggan run with the fairy tale forest in Ibbenbüren, the barefoot park in Lienen, the sculpture park in Lengerich, the culture store in Ibbenbüren-Dörenthe and the DA Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst in Hörstel have supraregional tourist relevance . Since 1977 there have been regular steam locomotive trips on the routes of the Tecklenburger Nordbahn and the Teutoburger-Wald-Eisenbahn (TWE). The most important crowd puller with almost 100,000 visitors in 2016 was the Tecklenburg open-air theater , which, according to its own account, is Germany's largest open-air music theater with 2,300 covered seats.

The trade has a long tradition in the Tecklenburger Land. Der Tödde , a traveling merchant from the 17th / 18th centuries Century, became an expression of the local identity of the region. The mail order and retail store for music equipment Musik Produktiv is one of the largest department stores for musical instruments , music , sound systems and studio technology in Europe. SANIMED GmbH (part of Paul Hartmann AG ) sells products and services for outpatient care in Germany and the Netherlands. In the field of logistics companies, companies such as NOSTA Logistics and DSV Air & Sea should be mentioned, as well as Laumeyer Spezialtransporte and SP Spezialtransporte for heavy and special transports. The most important local banks are the Kreissparkasse Steinfurt , the VR-Bank Kreis Steinfurt (until 2013 Volksbank Tecklenburger Land) and the Volksbank Westerkappeln-Wersen. The largest public administration facility is the district building in Tecklenburg, in which the Steinfurt district employs around 200 people.


Road traffic

Highway: The Tecklenburger country in north-south direction from the A 1 intersected in the eastern border area. The Tecklenburger Land rest area , which is surrounded by the Teutoburg Forest and invites you to linger on both motorway directions, is also located on it near Leeden . At Lotte, the federal motorway 1 crosses the A 30 at Lotter Kreuz, which crosses the Tecklenburger Land in the middle in an east-west direction. The motorways connect the Tecklenburger Land with Hamburg, the Rhine / Ruhr region (A 1) as well as Amsterdam and Berlin (A 30).

Between Lengerich and Ladbergen, the A1 was designed as a makeshift autobahn airfield so that the Luftwaffe could find an alternative in the event of a war .

Federal roads : The Tecklenburger Land is opened up by two federal highways, one is the B 219 . It connects Ibbenbüren (from its junction with the A 30 ) via Saerbeck and Greven with Münster. On the other hand, the B 475 runs from Rheine to Soest through Ladbergen and Lienen-Kattenvenne in the southern Tecklenburger Land.

There is also a former section of the B 65 north of Ibbenbüren . This was downgraded to a country road because the A 30 runs parallel to it.


Uffeln Harbor

Two artificial waterways, the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the Mittelland Canal, run through the Tecklenburger Land . The Dortmund-Ems Canal runs through the Tecklenburger Land from the Ibbenbüren district of Dörenthe, in which there is also a harbor, via Riesenbeck to Bevergern. In Bevergern there is a lock where the ships going towards Rheine are locked down into the valley.

In Bergeshövede between Riesenbeck and Bevergern, the Mittelland Canal branches off from the Dortmund-Ems Canal at the so-called Nassen Dreieck . It crosses the Tecklenburger Land towards Osnabrück through the places Uffeln, Obersteinbeck, Steinbeck, Recke, Mettingen and Westerkappeln. There are ports in Uffeln and Recke.

The culvert of the Mittelland Canal over the Ibbenbürener Aa near Uffeln was repeatedly bombed by the British during World War II. The corresponding section has now been replaced by a new trip. The Ibbenbüren branch canal is a remnant of the replaced section, the "old trip", which was replaced between 1985 and 1987 when the canal was expanded due to two curves that were too tight and problems with bomb duds.

Air traffic

Aerial view of Münster / Osnabrück Airport from the east, the
Dortmund-Ems Canal clearly visible in the foreground

The Münster / Osnabrück Airport is located near Greven, on the southern border of the Tecklenburger Land, and its flight plan contains many national and international scheduled and charter connections .

There are no airfields for civil air traffic in the Tecklenburger Land.

Local public transport

The Tecklenburger Land is very closely developed in terms of rail traffic. In total there are for the passenger with the Wanne-Eickel-Hamburg railway , the Löhne-Rheine railway and the railway Oldenburg-Osnabrück relevant routes. In addition, there are freight and museum railways on the Teutoburg Forest Railway and the Tecklenburger Nordbahn . There is also a regional bus system that connects all eleven cities and municipalities in the Tecklenburger Land with each other and with the Osnabrück regional center. The connections to the cities of Münster and Rheine, however, are weak.

License plate TE

The license plate number for the region, which was valid until the regional reform in 1975, was the abbreviation TE . When the possibility of reintroduction arose due to a changed legal situation, a Tecklenburg citizens' initiative tried to obtain the old license plate from the Steinfurt district administration. Since all efforts were unsuccessful, the citizens' initiative submitted a request to the Tecklenburger city council. The city of Tecklenburg took up this idea and submitted an application for reintroduction to the Steinfurt district. Against the recommendation of the district administration, the Steinfurt district council surprisingly decided in April 2013 to reintroduce the old number plate parallel to the previous ST . As a first step, the district started taking reservations on May 22, 2013. The first TE plates were issued from July 3, 2013.

Registration figures for the first 180 days from
06/2013 to 12/2016
time number
Duration 608
8 days 1100
30 days 2225
50 days 3010
90 days 4100
110 days 4800
150 days 5300
180 days 5670
Source: Approval office in the Steinfurt district.

In contrast to the original meaning of the abbreviation TE for the Tecklenburg district, it is now regarded as an abbreviation for the Tecklenburger Land region. Several thousand pre-orders were already received in the reservation phase. In the first week of issue, the admissions office set up special opening times for re-registrations due to the great response. In this short period of time, the Steinfurt district issued well over 500 license plates with the TE abbreviation. In the first three months after the reintroduction in particular, there was a high number of registrations due to the re-registration.

At the turn of the year 2013/14, the city of Ibbenbüren was the front runner with almost 1,600 registrations. In the first half of 2014 alone, the number of approvals for the TE abbreviation doubled to 11,323. All over North Rhine-Westphalia, TE was in 7th place of the most frequently issued after just twelve months and was able to improve to 4th place in November 2017.

Development of the number of registrations after July 3, 2013
Duration 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
608 * 5670 15,926 25,950 32,822 41,888 46,694 53,716 - -
* Old TE stock before reintroduction on June 2, 2013.
Source: Approval office of the Steinfurt district as of December 31, 2019.

Around 36 percent of the approx. 149,000 vehicles registered in the Tecklenburger Land are currently equipped with a regional license plate. The mark of 50,000 registrations was exceeded in the fourth quarter of 2019. The new issuance is a five-year average with a growth rate of around 780 approvals per month or around 200 approvals per week.


newspapers and magazines

The daily Ibbenbürener Volkszeitung (IVZ) is the local daily newspaper for the western part of the Tecklenburger Land. In the easternmost part, the Westfälische Nachrichten (WN) and the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ) are the daily newspapers for the communities Lotte and Westerkappeln and in parts also for Tecklenburg and Mettingen.

The Westfälische Nachrichten gave up its local Ibbenbürener edition at the end of 2002 and won its former competitor, the Ibbenbürener Volkszeitung , as a cooperation partner. Since the beginning of 2003, the IVZ has therefore been receiving supra-regional reporting ( cover pages ) from the WN and has its edition printed in the Aschendorff printing center in Münster.

The weekly newspapers are the Ibbenbürener Anzeiger and the Wir in Ibbenbüren and Wir in Lengerich .

watch TV

  • ARD TV series Picture Book Germany : The Tecklenburger Land (episode 62)
  • WDR broadcast series Wunderschönes NRW : Das Tecklenburger Land
  • WDR series Wunderschön! : On the Mittelland Canal to Minden
  • WDR series Wunderschön! : Teutoburg Forest - In eight stages on the Hermannsweg
  • WDR series Country and delicious : Six country women compete in the cooking competition for their region (Season 6 - Program 6 and Season 8)
  • Münsterland Giro


From a cultural point of view, the Tecklenburger Land, despite its close links with the Münsterland, is a separate area and is often falsely equated with the Münsterland through regional marketing. The residents' regional awareness is deeply rooted in the region, so that many see themselves as Tecklenburgers (in relation to the region).

In contrast to the Münsterland, in which the Münster is the geographical, economic, cultural and spiritual center (see also Oberzentrum ), in the Tecklenburger Land it is mostly Osnabrück . This is also due to the perceived location behind the Teutoburg Forest. In the local media, the Tecklenburger Land is spoken of exclusively as an independent region in the triangle of Münster, Osnabrück and Rheine.


Shooting festivals: Shooting is particularly popular in the Tecklenburger Land. There is at least one shooting club in every community, and sometimes in every peasantry . In summer, shooting festivals take place in different places almost every weekend. The Kreisheimatschützenbund Tecklenburger Land is the umbrella organization of most of the shooting clubs in Tecklenburger Land. This umbrella organization organizes the Tecklenburger Land regional shooting festival every two years. A large part of the more than 100 clubs organized in the Kreisheimatschützenbund take part.

Frisbee ride in Ibbenbüren

Fair: The fair is very popular in the Tecklenburger Land. The majority of the municipalities organize a folk festival of this kind in spring and / or late summer. The fairgrounds in Recke, Hörstel, Westerkappeln and Riesenbeck, which extend over a large part of the town center, deserve special mention.

The biggest festival in the Tecklenburger Land takes place every year on the first weekend in September in Ibbenbüren. The Ibbenbürener large fair is the second largest inner city fair of its kind and fifth largest city fair in Germany. The large fair has a long tradition that goes back to the 19th century. Special rides include the free fall tower , the frisbee and the ferris wheel .

Schnaufler and motorcycle veterans' meeting: In Ibbenbüren, lovers and owners of old cars and trucks built up until 1917 meet in summer. This meeting took place in 2010 for the 20th time. It is crowned by a tour through the Tecklenburger Land. At Pentecost, lovers of old motorcycle veterans meet in Ibbenbüren for the veteran rally. This event, which takes place over three days, like the Schnaufler meeting, is not permitted for all veterans; Younger veterans are welcome as guests. In Westerkappeln-Velpe there has been a classic car meeting on May 1st for over 25 years with around 100 vehicles of different classes, including a tour through the Tecklenburger Land.

Ibbenbüren on Ice: The festival is the largest of its kind in the region. An ice rink specially built on Neumarkt is the center of this event. It was expanded for the first time in 2007 to include an ice slide at the Posthof underground car park. In 2007 it took place for the fourth time. The spectacle is open daily from the beginning of December until the first week of January. Special events take place on and on the ice every day. So you can compete in ice stock sport or in the frying pan slides.

Tecklenburg open-air theater

Theater: In the Ibbenbürener Bürgerhaus there are regular theater guest performances by important German touring theaters as well as numerous performances by artists from the fields of cabaret and comedy . In the theater in the former "Schauburg" cinema, which has existed since 2005, the "QUASI SO-Theater" stages several amateur theater productions each year. The Tecklenburg open-air theater in the ruins of the old Tecklenburg Castle offers events for young and old.

Carnival: Numerous carnival events take place every year . In addition to the former pioneers of the foolish season in Recke, Obersteinbeck and Bevergern and smaller events such as Ibbenbüren-Langewiese, places like Püsselbüren and Hörstel joined forces , so that today carnival parades are celebrated in many places in Tecklenburg.

Other: The Political Ash Wednesday of the CDU in Recke is also known nationwide. Concerts and major events of all kinds take place regularly in the Gempthalle in Lengerich. The well-known punk rock band Donots comes from Ibbenbüren, where concerts are regularly given in the youth culture center.

In the past, the mine hosted large mountain festivals. There was a move that ended in the Tecklenburger Landhalle in Ibbenbüren, which also no longer exists as a festival hall. These were abolished because of the costs that were no longer affordable for the mine. The Knappenverein Tecklenburger Land has made a small new edition of this festival in recent years.


In culinary terms, the Tecklenburger Land is based on Westphalian cuisine , but with a slight touch of Lower Saxony. Westphalian dishes such as pumpernickel and Westphalian ham are typical of the Tecklenburger Land. Kale with pee , buckwheat pancakes and Kilmer mares are more likely to be part of Lower Saxony's cuisine .

A specialty that can only be found here and in parts of the Osnabrück district is the claw chicken .

The potato pancake , which is mostly called potato pancake in the Tecklenburger Land, is also popular. In Ibbenbüren, for example, the “Tolle Knolle” event is held every year with this as the main course.

The juniper schnapps and grain from the Langemeyer distillery in Mettingen are known nationwide.


View of the main grandstand of the Frimo stadium in Lotte

The sports of soccer , equestrian and volleyball are of particular importance in the Tecklenburger Land. The football club Sportfreunde Lotte plays in the Regionalliga West of the DFB , which gained fame throughout Germany in the DFB Cup 2016/17 by reaching the quarter-finals. The VCB Tecklenburger Land volleyball team from Laggenbeck has been in the 2nd Bundesliga since the 2016/17 season .

Hörstel and Lienen are among the equestrian centers in the region. The German and world championships in pair and tandem driving and the German driver derby are held annually on the facility at the Surenburg in Hörstel-Riesenbeck . In the past, German jumping championships, the youth equestrian festival and dressage events have already taken place there. The show jumping riders and Olympic champions Ludger Beerbaum and Marco Kutscher are based in Riesenbeck. Lienen has been the venue for the German Foal Championships since 2000. The filly and colt of the year will be chosen from over 1000 presented foals. Show jumpers Toni and Felix Haßmann come from Lienen .

In the national leagues, KSG Tecklenburger Land is active in the 1st Bundesliga bowling , the Bouleverein Ibbenbüren in the German Pétanque Bundesliga and TSG move and dance Ibbenbüren in the 2nd Bundesliga dancing . BSC Ibbenbüren is the reigning German champion in the Beach Soccer Bundesliga.

The Leeden cycling club plays in the 2nd Bundesliga . For many decades, the cycling club in the Tecklenburg district of Leeden has been organizing the international cycling tournament with participants from five European countries.


The crouching woman in the Dörenther cliffs

The Tecklenburger Land is rich in sights due to its varied landscape and its historical buildings and is therefore known as a holiday region far beyond the borders of Westphalia . Above all, the state-approved air and Kneipp - health resort Tecklenburg attracts many visitors from near and far in the region. Often these are tourists from the Netherlands because of the proximity . Other state-approved resorts in the Tecklenburger Land are Brochterbeck , Lienen and Mettingen .

A health spa in the Tecklenburger Land is the state-approved sulfur healing spring Bad Steinbeck. The formerly existing baths Mettingen, Bad Holthausen in Brochterbeck and Ledde bear witness to a long spa tradition.


Natural sights are found in large numbers in the Teutoburg Forest with its mountains and rocks. The most famous field formation is the crouching woman in the Dörenther cliffs . The Hermannsweg leads as a hiking trail along the ridges of the Teutoburg Forest across the Tecklenburger Land.

The nature reserves Heiliges Meer - Heupen and Recker Moor are special nature reserves. They are home to rare animal and plant species that are otherwise largely extinct. The biological station at the Holy Sea offers excursions through this flora and fauna.

Numerous hiking trails open up nature for hikers and cyclists, including the 100 Castles Route , the Dortmund-Ems Canal Route and the Peace Route .

Buildings and Places

Half-timbering is widespread in the region , here the Leaning House in Tecklenburg
Halverde oil mill

The Tecklenburger Land is rich in historical places worth seeing. These include Tecklenburg , Ibbenbüren , Bevergern and Hopsten . One attraction is the former Gravenhorst monastery , where memories of the former nuns' life are kept alive. Art exhibitions are often held there too. The moated castle Haus Marck and the Surenburg testify to the former splendor of the manor houses. In contrast to the ruins of Tecklenburg Castle or the completely razed Bevergern Castle , something of them has survived. The picturesquely situated oil and grain mill Halverde gives an insight into the technology of past centuries in milling.


The mining museum and the motorcycle museum are located in Ibbenbüren. The Post Museum and the School Museum in Mettingen show exhibits from history. Almost every place has its own local museum , which can be visited by prior arrangement.

Relevant people from the Tecklenburger Land



  • Bernhard Bergmeyer (born June 22, 1897 - † March 2, 1987) politician
  • Gregor Determann (born March 5, 1911 in Mettingen; † January 14, 1993 in Montabaur), politician
  • Wolfgang Kölker (born July 29, 1959): Steinbecker was a member of the NRW state parliament of the CDU in the 2000-2005 legislative period.
  • Karl-Josef Laumann (born July 11, 1957 in Riesenbeck), 2005–2010 Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, then until 2013 opposition leader in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Viktor Lutze (born December 28, 1890 in Bevergern; † May 2, 1943 near Potsdam) was Ernst Röhm's successor as Chief of Staff of the SA
  • Bernd Saxe (born March 30, 1954 in Ibbenbüren) former mayor of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck
  • Frank Sundermann (born December 16, 1965 in Mettingen), SPD politician and member of the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament
  • Anja Karliczek (born April 29, 1971 in Ibbenbüren), CDU politician and Federal Minister for Education and Research


  • Josef Averesch (CSSR), (born April 1, 1902 in Hörstel; † June 20, 1949 there), people's missionary and victim of National Socialism
  • Friedrich von Bodelschwingh (born March 6, 1831 in Tecklenburg; † April 2, 1910 in Bielefeld-Bethel) was a pastor and theologian in Germany (Inner Mission)
  • Albert Freude (born September 28, 1877 in Mettingen, † August 12, 1956 in Bevergern), pastor and long-time dean of the Ibbenbüren dean's office, honorary citizen of the then city of Bevergern
  • Georg Hermes (born April 22, 1775 in Dreierwalde; † May 26, 1831 in Bonn), theologian and philosopher
  • Werner Heukamp (born May 20, 1929 in Hörstel): The pastor has lived in Recke since 1994 and has since made a living there as a local researcher.
  • Josef Homeyer (born August 1, 1929 in Harsewinkel; † 2010), who later became Bishop of Hildesheim, was a chaplain in the parish of St. Agatha
  • Friedrich Adolf Krummacher (born July 13, 1767 in Tecklenburg, † April 4, 1845 in Bremen) was a Reformed theologian.
  • August Konermann (born May 24, 1881 in Steinbeck; † April 15, 1950 in Münster), Catholic pastor and "worker priest" known as the diocesan president of the Catholic Workers' Movement (KAB) of the Diocese of Münster. Pope Pius XII appointed him prelate in 1943.
  • Hermann Kriege , (born July 25, 1820 in Lienen, † December 31, 1850 in New York), revolutionary from a wealthy family, a. a. acquainted with Karl Marx
  • Georg Langemeyer ( Father Bernhard Langemeyer ; born May 28, 1929 in Mettingen; † October 12, 2014 in Dortmund), Franciscan Father and Catholic theologian
  • Reinhild von Westerkappeln , canonized 13th century, adorns the coat of arms of Westerkappeln
  • Sister Maria Euthymia Üffing , on October 7, 2001 beatified Clement Sister
  • Siegfried Schneider (* March 21, 1894 in Mettingen; † January 5, 1935 in Ostercappeln), Franciscan priest and author of Christian literature, because of his services to the renewal and maintenance of religious nativity art and the emergence of the modern nativity movement in the German-speaking area as " Krippenpater ”known
  • Missionary Heinrich Sundermann (1849-1919). He translated the New Testament into the Niassic language.
  • Norbert Klemens Strotmann (born August 14, 1946 in Riesenbeck), Catholic bishop, 1992 auxiliary bishop in Lima / Peru, 1997 bishop of the newly founded diocese of Chosica (Lima-East)



  • Wolfgang Arenhövel (born November 7, 1946) chairman of the German Association of Judges
  • August Brenninkmeijer (* 1819; † 1892), founder of C&A
  • Clemens Brenninkmeijer (* 1818; † 1902), founder of C&A
  • Thomas Bühner (born April 13, 1962 in Riesenbeck), cook
  • Alfred home (born August 8, 1920, † January 14, 2005 in Hamburg) violinist, conductor and conductor
  • Anton Hilckman (born March 4, 1900 in Bevergern; † January 25, 1970 in Mainz), folklorist and university professor
  • Friedrich Ernst Hunsche (born September 1, 1905 in Lienen; † August 13, 1994 in Isernhagen), writer, poet, local researcher, Low German language and stories, archivist, genealogist, research on emigration
  • Ingo Knollmann (born August 14, 1976) is a German singer from Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia), he became known as the front man of the band Donots
  • Kasper König (* 1943 in Mettingen), director of the Ludwig Museum , art professor and curator
  • Albrecht Dietrich Hermann Lenhartz (1854–1910) made a name for himself primarily through numerous medical writings as well as treatment methods and diets, some of which are still practiced today.
  • Hubert Rickelmann (born April 20, 1883 in Mettingen; † June 30, 1961 in Ibbenbüren), local researcher and author who researched the history of Mettingen and the local mining industry as well as the life of the Tüötten
  • Alexander von Stahl , former Federal Attorney General
  • Josef Wiese (born May 21, 1932 in Mettingen; † September 16, 2009 there), baker and confectioner as well as entrepreneur and inventor, co-founder of the Coppenrath & Wiese confectionery

Wrought or lived



  • Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler (born December 25, 1811 in Münster (Westphalia); † July 13, 1877 in Burghausen, Altötting district), the later "social bishop" and German politician (Center Party), was pastor in Hopsten from 1846 to 1848.


  • Ludger Beerbaum (born August 26, 1963 in Detmold), successful show jumper and Olympic champion, lives and trains in Riesenbeck


  • Klaus Johannes Behrendt (born February 7, 1960), German actor and well-known crime scene inspector
  • Edmund Löns (1880–1964), younger brother of the heath poet Hermann Löns , best known for breeding the small Münsterländer
  • Johann Weyer (also: Weier, Wier, Wierus, Piscinarius; * between February 24, 1515 and February 24, 1516 in Grave an der Maas, in the north of Brabant; † February 24, 1588 in Tecklenburg), doctor and opponent of the witch hunt
  • Josef Winckler (born July 7, 1881 in Bentlage near Rheine; † January 29, 1966 in Bensberg), Westphalian writer

See also


  • Heinz Stoob, Wilfried Ehbrecht (Ed. On behalf of the Historical Commission for Westphalia and with the support of the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association); Ellen Widder: Westphalian City Atlas. Volume: IV, 1 part volume: Ibbenbüren town map. Dortmund-Altenbeken 1994, ISBN 3-89115-132-2 .
  • Hubert Rickelmann , Hans Röhrs : Ibbenbürener hard coal mining from the beginning to the present. Schöningh, Paderborn / Munich / Vienna / Zurich 1983, ISBN 3-506-77223-6 .
  • Hans Röhrs: The Ibbenbürener mining of the 20th century in pictures. Ibbenbürener Vereindruckerei, Ibbenbüren 1998, ISBN 3-921290-94-5 .
  • Hans Röhrs: Ibbenbürener hard coal and ore mining and its minerals. Bode, Haltern in Westphalia 1991, DNB 948819243
  • Hans Röhrs: The early ore mining and the iron and steel industry in the Tecklenburger Land. Ibbenbürener Vereindruckerei, Ibbenbüren 1987, ISBN 3-921290-23-6 .
  • Hugo Strothmann: Water supply in the Tecklenburger Land then and now. Ibbenbürener Vereindruckerei, Ibbenbüren 2001, ISBN 3-932959-23-X .
  • Werner Suer: Ibbenbüren as it used to be . Wartberg publishing house, 2000, ISBN 3-86134-865-9 .
  • Friedrich Ernst Hunsche : 250 years of the Tecklenburg district. 1707-1957. Klein's printing and publishing company, Lengerich 1957.
  • Friedrich Ernst Hunsche, Friedrich Schmedt : Contributions to the folklore of the Tecklenburger country. Scholten, Ibbenbüren 1974, DNB 750374675
  • Friedrich Ernst Hunsche (ed.): Legends and stories from the Tecklenburger land. Ibbenbürener Vereinsdruckerei publishing house, 1964, 1980, 1982, 2005, ISBN 3-932959-41-8 .
  • Friedrich Ernst Hunsche, Bernhard Holwitt : Alt-Ibbenbüren. Pictures, reports, stories. Ibbenbürener Vereindruckerei, 1980, ISBN 3-921290-03-1 .
  • Josef Bröker (Red.): The old Ibbenbüren from the air. Wartberg publishing house, Gudensberg-Gleichen 2001, ISBN 3-8313-1042-4 .
  • Günter Wegmann: The end of the war between Ems and Weser 1945. 2nd expanded edition, H. Th. Wenner, Osnabrück 2000, ISBN 3-87898-367-0 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

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