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Old Town and River Ems
Old Town and River Ems
Coat of arms of Telgte
Coat of arms
Telgte  is located in Germany
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Warendorf
 • Mayor Wolfgang Pieper (BUENDNIS 90/DIE GRUENEN)
 • Total 90.6 km2 (35.0 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 18,996
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 48291
Dialling codes 02504
Vehicle registration WAF

Telgte 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.


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 member of the Hanseatic League.

Prince-Bishop Franz von Waldeck of Münster was granted asylum in Telgte during the Münster Rebellion of the Anabaptists in the 1530s.


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).

Nobel-winner Günter Grass's novel The Meeting at Telgte (Das Treffen in Telgte) is set in Telgte during the negotiations of the Peace of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years' War.


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 in a communal reform). Through Westbevern flows the river Bever, a tributary of the Ems

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