Warendorf is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and capital of Warendorf District.
The town is best known today for its well-preserved medieval town centre, for horse-riding, and the opportunities it provides for cycling. Bicycles are such a common means of transport in the area that many cycle paths have been built, even alongside main roads outside the town.
Warendorf is situated on the Ems
river in the eastern part of the Münsterland
area, approx. 30 kilometers east Münster
Division of the town
Warendorf consists of 5 districts:
Warendorf was an important trading centre in the Late Middle Ages
and belonged to the Hanseatic League
Warendorf has hosted several international events, such as the world skydiving
championships, riding events, and the national swimming
championships. A notable annual event in Warendorf is the celebration on 15 August
of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
North Rhine-Westphalia's "Landgestüt
" (stud farm
) and the National Olympic Committee
for horse-riding are both located in Warendorf.
The Bundeswehr Sports School, the German armed forces physical education center, is also located in Warendorf.
- Gymnasium Laurentianum
- One of Warendorf's most famous residents was Paul Spiegel (+ April 2006), the former president of the Central Consistory of Jews in Germany.
- Elisabeth Grümmer died in Warendorf