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Welcome to Werne!

Werne - on the river Lippe, between Dortmund and Münster on the eastern edge of the Ruhr area - opens its town gates to the countryside parks of the Münsterland. The town is attractive and appealing, with its own special character. Its location, its variety and its traditions make Werne a typical town of the Müsterland area, which is known for the beauty of its landscape and as a wonderful place to live.

About 32,500 inhabitants live in the town, which is a popular place of recreational relaxation away from the big cities. Today it is water that is the most important influence on the town, where until 1975 about 4,000 people worked in coal mining. The shores of the lake in the Town Park and the banks of the river Lippe are ideal for walking and cycling. A very popular meeting place is the swimming complex with its natural salt water, which has extensive space around the outdoor and indoor pools. Werne’s most well-known festival is the Simon-Juda-Fair, which dates back to 1362 when Werne was first given the right to hold a market. Today the Simon-Juda-Fair welcomes up to 400,000 visitors each autumn and is the biggest festival in the Lippe area. The town also offers a wide variety of arts and culture. The performances in the openair theatre enchant their audiences, as do the changing exhibitions in the Town Museum.

There are many attractive excursions that can be made to nearby places of interest, such as the castles at Cappenberg, Westerwinkel and Nordkirchen, the Marina in Bergkamen and the beautiful Wesphalian city of Münster.

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