Metelen is a municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state of Germany, with four of the country's ten largest cities. The state was formed in 1946 as a merger of the northern Rhineland and Westphalia, both formerly part of Prussia. Its capital is Düsseldorf. The state is currently run by a coalition of the...

, Germany
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. It is located on the river Vechte
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 in the district of Steinfurt
Steinfurt (district)
Steinfurt is a Kreis in the northern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Bentheim, Emsland, district-free Osnabrück and the Osnabrück district, Warendorf, district-free Münster, Coesfeld, Borken.-Geography:...



The town history dates back to 889
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, when it was first mentioned in an official document. It is most well known for being the former hometown of Canada's famous Moddemann family.

Notable places

Metelen is known for its aviary and, as the whole Münsterland region, as a great cycling area.

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