Tecklenburg is a town 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:...

, in North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
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, Germany
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It is located at the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest
Teutoburg Forest
The Teutoburg Forest is a range of low, forested mountains in the German states of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia which used to be believed to be the scene of a decisive battle in AD 9...

, southwest of Osnabrück
Osnabrück is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, some 80 km NNE of Dortmund, 45 km NE of Münster, and some 100 km due west of Hanover. It lies in a valley penned between the Wiehen Hills and the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forest...


Division of the town

Tecklenburg consists of 4 districts (with farming communities):
  • Tecklenburg
  • Brochterbeck
    • Oberdorf
    • Niederdorf
    • Holthausen
    • Wallen-Lienen
    • Horstmersch
  • Ledde
    • Danebrock
    • Oberbauer
    • Wieck
  • Leeden
    • Loose
    • Oberberge

  • Neighbouring municipalities

    • Ibbenbüren
      Ibbenbüren or Ibbenbueren is a medium-sized town in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is on position 185 of the largest cities in Germany and the largest city in Tecklenburger Land.-Geography:...

    • Westerkappeln
      Westerkappeln is a municipality in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approx. 15 km north-west of Osnabrück....

    • Lotte
    • Hagen
      Hagen, Osnabrück
      Hagen is a municipality in the district of Osnabrück, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated in the Teutoburg Forest, approx. 10 km southwest of Osnabrück.-External links:* the village homepage on the Web...

    • Lengerich
      Lengerich, Westphalia
      Lengerich is a town in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest, approx...

    • Ladbergen
      Ladbergen is a municipality in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated near the Dortmund-Ems Canal, approximately 25 km south-west of Osnabrück and 20 km north-east of Münster.-Geography:...

    • Saerbeck
      Saerbeck is a municipality in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approx. 30 km west of Osnabrück and 25 km north of Münster....


    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
    County of Bentheim is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by the Dutch provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe, the district of Emsland, and the districts of Steinfurt and Borken in North Rhine-Westphalia.- History :The District has roughly the same territory as the County of...

     in 1263, and Tecklenburg still had a count until the 19th century. Even today, some local descendents of the Bentheim / Tecklenburg families are sometimes considered as (former) nobles. Much like many other European (former) nobles, their family can be traced back to Charles the Great (800's) 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 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 Tecklenburg

    Burg Tecklenburg is a castle
    A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble...

     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.

    International relations

    Tecklenburg is twinned
    Town twinning
    Twin towns and sister cities are two of many terms used to describe the cooperative agreements between towns, cities, and even counties in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.- Terminology :...

     with: Chalonnes-sur-Loire
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    The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

    ) since 1982

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