Telgte is a town
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 in the Warendorf district
Warendorf (district)
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, North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
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, Germany
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. It is situated on the river Ems, 10 km east of Münster
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, and 15 km west of Warendorf
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Telgte received town privileges
Town privileges
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 in 1238. It developed at a fork of larger trade
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 routes to the North Sea
North Sea
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 and Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
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, at a ford across the river Ems. 1469 Telgte is mentioned as member of the Hanseatic League
Hanseatic League
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 Franz von Waldeck
Franz von Waldeck
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 of Münster
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 was granted asylum in Telgte during the Münster Rebellion
Münster Rebellion
The Münster Rebellion was an attempt by radical Anabaptists to establish a communal sectarian government in the German city of Münster. The city became an Anabaptist center from 1534 to 1535, and fell under Anabaptist rule for 18 months — from February 1534, when the city hall was seized and...

 of the Anabaptists in the 1530s.


Telgte is famous for the annual Telgte Pilgrimage
Telgte Pilgrimage
The pilgrimage from Osnabrück to Telgte takes place since 1852 on the second Sunday after the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul; it is known as Telgte pilgrimage or Osnabrück pilgrimage ....

, the second largest pilgrimage
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 in Germany. Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and beginning in Osnabrück
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, the summertime pilgrimage regularly consists of 8,000 pilgrim
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s. Approximately 150,000 pilgrims visit Telgte annually. Telgte is also known for its Nativity Museum (Krippenmuseum) and its fair
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Nobel Prize in Literature
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-winner Günter Grass
Günter Grass
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's story The Meeting in Telgte (Das Treffen in Telgte) is set in Telgte during the negotiations of the Peace of Westphalia
Peace of Westphalia
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 which ended the Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years' War
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The city of Telgte consists of three quarters: Telgte, Westbevern and Westbevern Vadrup. Until the 1970s Westbevern was an independently administered village which consisted of Vadrup and Brock (Brock was incorporated into Ostbevern
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 in a communal reform). Through Westbevern flows the river Bever
Bever (Ems)
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, a tributary of the Ems. An attractive touristic tourist destinataion is Haus Langen, with a former double mill
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 at the Bever.

International relations

Telgte is twinned
Town twinning
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    , Poland
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  • Tomball
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Mayors since 1946

1946–1947 Wilhelm Lütke-Schwienhorst, CDU
1947–1949 Ferdinand Busch, CDU
1949–1951 Friedrich Sube, Zentrum
1951–1952 Heinrich Decker, CDU
1952–1964 Bernhard Rumphorst, CDU
1964–1967 Wilhelm Hotte, CDU
1967–1969 Friedrich Koppernagel, CDU
1969–1975 Günter Karthaus, CDU
1975–1978 Albert Bruens, CDU
1978–1984 Günter Karthaus, CDU
1984–1996 Reinhold Hotte, CDU
1996–1999 Klaus Beck, SPD
1999–2004 Ulrich Roenigh, CDU
2004–2009 Dr. Dietrich Meendermann, CDU
since 2010 Wolfgang Pieper, BUENDNIS 90/DIE GRUENEN

Population trend

> Year Inhabitants
1818 4437
1843 5166
1871 5360
1890 6109
1905 6692
1913 7006
1915 7260
1917 7275
1919 7483
1921 7719
1924 8174
1925 8250
1926 8473
> Year Inhabitants 1927 8445 1933 8727 May 17, 1939 9698 1944 10923 1945 11979 1946 12989 1947 13707 1948 13736 1949 13852 1950 13692 1951 13576 1952 13477 1953 13432 > Year Inhabitants 1954 13392 1956 13383 June 6, 1961 13767 1962 14379 1963 14810 1964 15068 1965 15414 1966 15694 1967 15883 1968 16005 1969 16197 1970 ¹ 15826 1971 16019 > Year Inhabitants 1972 16760 1973 16968 1974 17269 1975 15122 1976 15365 1977 15377 1978 15589 1979 15780 1980 16254 1981 16388 1982 16515 1983 16576 1984 16613 > Year Inhabitants 1985 16664 1986 16534 1987 16555 1988 16834 1989 16997 1990 17358 1991 17725 1992 18125 1993 18219 1994 18303 1995 18472 1996 18585 1997 18728 > Year Inhabitants 1998 18774 1999 18836 2000 18992 2001 19370 2002 19489 2003 19432 2004 19444 1.2.2005 19615 2006 ? 2007 ? 2008 ? 2009 ? 2010 ?
¹ Correction of the updating numbers by the census 1970

External links

Municipal website
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