Steinfurt (district)

The district of Steinfurt is a circle in the north of North Rhine -Westphalia ( Germany ). It was created on 1 January 1975 as part of the district local government reform by the Münster / Hamm- law from the old, often referred to as a circle Burg Steinfurt district of Steinfurt, the district of Tecklenburg and parts of the circle Münster. In order to create a differentiation from the old district, he is often referred to as a large district of Steinfurt. The largest city in the district of Steinfurt is Rheine.

  • 3.1 Kreistag
  • 3.2 District Administrators
  • 3.3 Coat of Arms
  • 4.1 Radio
  • 4.2 traffic


The western district area is located in Münster, in the eastern Tecklenburger country. The Wester Becker Mountain, the highest point of the circle, located in the municipality Lengerich ( peasantry Wester Beck). It has a height of 236 meters above mean sea level ( MSL ).

The district of Steinfurt is geographically the second largest district in North Rhine -Westphalia. The geographical location of the county town of Steinfurt district administration maintains a branch in Tecklenburg, to ensure a site near civil service throughout the district.

Neighboring districts or urban -

The district of Steinfurt is bordered to the north by the Lower Saxon counties county of Bentheim and Emsland, on the east by the county-level city of Osnabrück and the Osnabrück district, to the south by the district of Warendorf, the district-free city Münster ( Westphalia ) and the Coesfeld and to the west by the Kreis Borken.

Circle outline

The district of Steinfurt is divided into 24 municipalities belonging to a county, four of which Middle kreisangehorige cities and a Great kreisangehorige are city.



( Population figures from December 31, 2012 only main residence)


From the year 1971, the planning began a large district reform, were hotly debated in the various division concepts. On 8 May 1974, the law was passed, which included a district reform with effect from 1 January 1975:

The former district of Steinfurt (often referred to by the former county town as district Steinfurt ) was like the circle Tecklenburg dissolved. To the latter belonged to the two larger cities Ibbenbüren and Lengerich and two other cities and 16 municipalities. Both parties were united under the name of the district of Steinfurt. In addition, the city Greven and the community Saerbeck were introduced from the former county of Münster in the newly formed district of Steinfurt. Historically, these groups had little common relationships in the past. The boundaries of the district of Steinfurt can therefore certainly be regarded as non- historical. The old district of Steinfurt was formed after the incorporation of the southern province of Westphalia Westphalia as in Prussia. Most of this former district belonged until 1803 to the Bishopric of Münster, was so influenced Catholic, the County of Steinfurt was part of the Calvinist faith, and the circle Tecklenburg was dominated Protestant.

To the county seat, the city was founded on 1 January 1975 Steinfurt, which was created from the merger of Steinfurt and Borg Horst determined.

Location of the former district of Tecklenburg on December 31, 1974

Location of the former county of Münster on December 31, 1974



The County Council Election on 30 August 2009 was as follows:

  • CDU 46.3 % - 29 seats (-3)
  • SPD 29.1% - 18 seats (-1)
  • GREEN 10.9% - 7 seats ( 1)
  • FDP 10.1% - 6 seats ( 1)
  • LEFT 3.5% - 2 seats ( 2)
  • CENTRE 0.1 % - 0 seats ( ± 0)

District administrators

Coat of arms

Blazon: ". In gold, a broad red bar on a goldemer, used with a red swan sign up in gold two red lily pads, down in gold, a red lily pad " The county coat of arms combines parts of the former coat of arms of the districts of Steinfurt, Tecklenburg and Münster. The red bar in gold was the known character of the Prince-Bishopric of Münster and was in all the arms of the former district of Münster. The swan was the heraldic animal of the County of Steinfurt and therefore stood in the coat of arms of the former district of Steinfurt. The red lily pads were the mirror image of the counts of Tecklenburg and come from the coat of arms of the former district of Tecklenburg.

Economy and infrastructure


Radio RST ( local station for the district of Steinfurt ), based in Rheine



There are in the district of Steinfurt, the following railway lines:

The local transport plan SPNV Westphalia -Lippe provides that the route of the " Tecklenburger Northern Railway " Osnabrück as a modern regional train - L. Wersen - Westerkappeln - Mettingen - stretch shall be reopened.

In addition, there was the following additional routes (currently without SPNV )

License Plate

By a large majority, and against the recommendation of the district administration decided surprising in April 2013 by the Steinfurt district council reintroducing valid until the local government reform in 1975 Altkennzeichen. The vehicle owner in the district can choose between the license plates of the administrative unit Steinfurt ST and the two home indicator for the region Tecklenburger country TE and Steinfurt district of Steinfurt BF.

In the first step of the circle took off the 22, 2013 reservations contrary. The output of the first TE and BF flag was made from 3 July 2013. Already in the reservation phase ran a several thousand pre-orders. In the first edition week the great response from across the region Tecklenburger country exceeded all expectations. So forgave the district of Steinfurt, in this short period of well over 500 labels with the TE shortcuts. In contrast, remained the registration figures for BF with about 160 license plate behavior.

The first assessment after half a year clearly showed that enjoy the Altkennzeichen with well over 7000 approvals great popularity. In the Steinfurt district thereby showed a clear trend in favor of the TE flag with a total of 4187 pieces against the BF flag with 2167 piece (Data without inventory from before 1975 ). Absolute front-runner is the city Ibbenbüren with total approvals in 1588 mainly with the TE shortcuts. In the current state so that counts the abbreviation of the country's most popular Altkennzeichen Tecklenburg in Germany, which has leveled off to a value of about 300 new registrations per month.