Telgte (German pronunciation: [ˈtɛlktə]; regionally [ˈtɛlçtə]) is a town in the Warendorf district, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the river Ems, 10 km east of Münster, and 15 km west of Warendorf.
Old Town and River Ems
|• Mayor||Wolfgang Pieper (Greens)|
|• Total||90.6 km2 (35.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||54 m (177 ft)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Vehicle registration||WAF, BE|
Telgte received town privileges in 1238. It developed at a fork of larger trade routes to the North Sea and Baltic Sea, at a ford across the river Ems. 1469 Telgte is mentioned as a member of the Hanseatic League.
Telgte is famous for the annual Telgte Pilgrimage, the second largest pilgrimage in Germany. Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and beginning in Osnabrück, the summertime pilgrimage regularly consists of 8,000 pilgrims. Approximately 150,000 pilgrims visit Telgte annually. Telgte is also known for its Nativity Museum (Krippenmuseum) and its fair (Mariä-Geburts-Markt).
The city of Telgte consists of three quarters: Telgte, Westbevern and Westbevern Vadrup. Until the 1970s Westbevern was an independently administered village that consisted of Vadrup and Brock (Brock was incorporated into Ostbevern in a communal reform). Through Westbevern flows the river Bever, a tributary of the Ems. An attractive tourist destination is Haus Langen, with a former double mill at the Bever.
Telgte is twinned with:=
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, BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN|
¹ Correction of the updating numbers by the census 1970
Sons and daughters of the town
- Salomon Lefmann (1831-1912), philologist
- Alfons Lütke-Westhues (1930-2004), jumping rider, winner of the Olympic Team Gold Medal 1956
- Harald Norpoth (born 1942), long distance runner and Olympic Silver Medal Winner (1964)
- Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (born 1974), hockey player
- Malte Spitz (born 1984), politician (Alliance '90/The Greens)
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.