Tecklenburg is a town in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Tecklenburg, Marktplatz.jpg
Coat of arms of Tecklenburg
Coat of arms
Location of Tecklenburg within Steinfurt district
Tecklenburg in ST.svg
Tecklenburg is located in Germany
Tecklenburg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 52°13′10″N 7°48′45″E / 52.21944°N 7.81250°E / 52.21944; 7.81250Coordinates: 52°13′10″N 7°48′45″E / 52.21944°N 7.81250°E / 52.21944; 7.81250
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
 • MayorStefan Streit (SPD)
 • Total70.37 km2 (27.17 sq mi)
Highest elevation
201 m (659 ft)
Lowest elevation
122 m (400 ft)
 • Total9,070
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05482
Vehicle registrationST, BF, TE

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms shows an anchor and three seeblatts.


It is located at the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest, southwest of Osnabrück.

Division of the townEdit

Tecklenburg consists of 4 districts (with farming communities):

  • Tecklenburg
  • Brochterbeck
    • Oberdorf
    • Niederdorf
    • Holthausen
    • Wallen-Lienen
    • Horstmersch
  • Ledde
    • Danebrock
    • Oberbauer
    • Wieck
  • Leeden
    • Loose
    • Oberberge

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit


In the 12th century the county of Tecklenburg emerged in the region that is now called the "Tecklenburger Land" in the western foothills of the Teutoburg Forest. It was annexed by the neighbouring county of Bentheim in 1263, and Tecklenburg still had a count until the 19th century. Even today, some local descendants of the Bentheim / Tecklenburg families are sometimes considered as aristocrats. Much like many other European aristocrats, their family can be traced back to Charlemagne (800s) or is linked with the blood lines of old European royal families (e.g. in the case of the Bentheim-Tecklenburg there is a link with the House of Orange - the Dutch royal family).

Tecklenburg has retained some of its medieval townscape to date. Main sites include the ruined castle (now serving as open-air theatre during the summer) and the Stadtkirche (the main, old church) including tombs of the dukes of Tecklenburg and others prominent in the history of the county and city.

Today, the city of Tecklenburg (from a perspective of size really not a city but a town) is a tourist destination.

Burg TecklenburgEdit

Burg Tecklenburg is a castle ruin in Tecklenburg, used today as an outdoor theatre.

The castle was built around 1250. Anna von Tecklenburg-Schwerin made a lot of construction changes. Around 1700 the castle was old and the bricks were used for other buildings in Tecklenburg. Only a ruin was the result.[2]

International relationsEdit

Tecklenburg is twinned with:

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

Hermann Beitzke around 1910

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ Edgar Warnecke, Das große Buch der Burgen und Schlösser im Land von Hase und Ems. Verlag H. Th. Wenner, ISBN 3-87898-297-6

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