Münster and the Münsterland
Between the Teutoburger Wald, Sauerland and the dutch border is the cosmopolitan and at the same conscious of tradtion Münsterland located. The districts of Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt, Warendorf and the city Münster belong to this region. With the half-timbered town Tecklenburg, the cycling paradise of Münster and the 780 years old city of Borken, the Münsterland is one of the most varied areas in Germany. Architecturally the landscape is dominated by churches, convents and castles. In addition to these cultural institutions the intensive agricultural use is responsible for the idyllic landscapes. Cycling in the countryside and city tours trough the centers of historic cities are tourism magnets of the Münsterland.
The Münsterland has many facets. It mixes tradition and innovation, culture and sports as well as life in rural areas and in the city.
‘Cultural stronghold’, ‘Climate Capital’, ‘Online Capital’, are titles, under which the largest city in the Münstland called, Münster, is known. At the same time it is a mecca for bikers and students. Almost a fifth of the roughly 290.000 inhabitants are students. Thus Münster is also the seat of the innovative centers for research and technology transfer. In nanotechnology the city takes a leading role in Europe. Münster is highly specialized at IT occupations especially in databases and data processing. It is one of Germany’s top locations in this sphere. The University included the University Hospital of Münster has a nationwide high priority in the area of “healthcare industry”.
The atmosphere of the city is mainly characterized by a high proportion of young people, cultural life and the modern architecture. The historic center, the independent cultural scene and the museums are unique and nationally known. By the international sculpture exhibitions and the construction of the Picasso museum, Münster has moreover nationwide profiled as city of cultur.
Besides cultural institutions Münster offers unique events and quality shopping. Especially the visit to the Christmas market is a must for everybody who lives in Münster.
Osnabrück and the Osnabrücker Land
With a population of over 160.000 inhabitants Osnabrück is the third-largest city in Niedersachsen and the heart of the Osnabrücker Land. Its attractive position between the Teutoburger Wald and the Wiehengebirge means that Osnabrück is benefiting increasingly from tourism and leisure developments. The rural area around Osnabrück provides healthy relaxation in numerous healing spas and has also been considered particularly attractive for visitors interested in history.
Proud of its history and tradition, Osnabrück is also a city, which successfully unites the past with the future. The modern university city and an attractive center of commerce is in the midst of a city full of historical monuments, history and reminders of the past and culture like the cathedral and the baroque palace as well as the historic center. Historically Osnabrück has even more to offer: The Westphalian Peace Treaty was signed here in 1648 and today Osnabrück still continues to make active efforts in the promotion of peace.
The location Osnabrück is increasingly developing into a vital center of an economic region. The outstanding geographical position at the intersection of the central traffic routes Amsterdam – Berlin and Rhein/Ruhr – Hamburg makes Osnabrück to an important lynchpin in Europe. Osnabrück´s economic potential is characterized by successful industrial companies, a broad mid-market and a good fundament for smaller companies and start-ups.
Osnabrücker Land is located in the southwest of Niedersachsen and covers different landscapes:
Artland is the discovery region in the northern part of Osnabrücker Land and is characterized by the gentle park-like landscape, water meadows and moorland.
The middle of the Osnabrücker Land is very historically and called Varus-Region, which is affected by battles of the Middle Ages.
This region goes along with the Friedensstadt Osnabrück, the center of the Osnabrücker Land.
In the southern part of the Osnabrücker Land borders the Teuto-Region on Osnabrück City.
Teuto-Region impresses with mountain ranges of Teutoburger Wald and Wiehengebirge.
Osnabrücker Land stretches for 2.500 square kilometers and is outstanding because of its diversity.