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Art & Culture

For those interested in art and culture, Münsterland offers many fascinating and memorable places to visit. With its museums, monuments and the charm of Emsdetten's industrial past, Münsterland entices and enchants hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from all over the world.

Shopping & Culture

Flying visits to the surrounding area. Stroll under the arches of the Prinzipalmarkt, Münster's iconic shopping street. Visit the Peace Hall, the Picasso Museum, or during Advent, enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas market. Münster is about 19 miles from Emsdetten and can be reached by train in 17 minutes. In addition to having a typical German market, Enschede offers extensive shopping facilities and numerous cafés.

Tip: The shops are open on the first Sunday of every month. Entschede is about 30 miles away and is easily reached by car.

FOC Ochtrup designer outlet centre

Whether you are a shopaholic, bargain hunter or looking for a family day out, FOC Ochtrup offers over 100 brands, a diverse culinary experience and an extensive range of services. Situated in the beautiful Münsterland region, the centre is designed in the typical local architectural style, making it a particularly attractive place for shopping, exploring or simply browsing and taking your time.

With a total area of 17,000 m2 65 shops and over 100 different brands, it offers a shopping experience with Münsterland chic. FOC Ochtrup is the only outlet centre in North Rhein-Westphalia and features a generous open-air mall, whose design picks up the typical Münsterland style of architecture and creates a relaxed feeling of well-being. The smaller, covered section is located in the buildings of the former Laurenz textile factory, some of which are listed. So the centre has a link with the traditions of the town of Ochtrup and fits in effortlessly with the appearance of the pottery and textiles town. But it is not only on the outside that the centre has a lot to offer: inside the shops the visitor will find a wide range of men's women's and children's fashions, sportswear, shoes, accessories and toys. The varied selection is complemented by household goods, glassware, pottery and china. The entire range is reduced by 30‑70% all the year round.

EmsHalle in Stroetmann's Factory

The building, which belonged to the former textile company Stroetmann, was converted into a meeting place and cultural centre for the citizens of Emsdetten. The venue on Friedrichstrasse has hosted numerous international artists including: Manfred Mann´s Earth Band, Hermann van Veen, Rüdiger Hoffmann, Die Ãrzte, Caught in the Act, Backstreet Boys, Heino, Wildecker Herzbuben, Jeanette Biedermann, Nena and Status Quo.

Galerie Münsterland

The gallery is located in the former boiler house of Stroetmanns factory and regularly holds exhibitions of contemporary art.


Wannenmacher Museum, Museum of Local History (August-Holländer-Museum) and Grain Distillery Museum

You will discover that although the German word "Wanne" means a bath, an Emsdetten "bath" is not one you can bathe in. It is actually a type of basket woven out of willow twigs, which farmers once used to separate the wheat from the chaff. In the August-Holländer-Museum you will learn about textiles, from pre-industrial fabrication (home weaving) to industrialisation. Guided tours are available on request. The grain distillery museum in Saerbeck shows the production methods of Münsterland's favourite tipple. If desired, it is possible to carry out a taste test after the tour.

City Park

The City Park is situated on Blumenstrasse, next to the open-air swimming pool, and includes a mini golf course and children's petting zoo.

City Tour

"Twiäs düör Detten" means "right across Emsdetten". An-hour-and-a-half- or two-hours guided tour will tell you everything about the little town on the River Ems.

Metropolis multiplex cinema

On Bahnhofstrasse there is a modern multi-screen cinema complex with all the latest movies.

Bentlage Monastery

Open-air theatre Greven Reckenfeld