Rheine, of the approx. 77,000 inhabitants (2008), situated by the river Ems in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – all in western Germany .The town acquired city rights in 1327, but was completely destroyed during the 30-years war in the 1600s.
One of the Rhein main attractions is the Monastery Bent Lage, which was established in 1437 but not completed until 200 years later. Today the former convent as a museum. An attraction of another kind is the old salt pans Saline Gottesgabe from 1400’s – which is also now a museum.
Next to the historic town square, Mark square is the medieval church of St. Dionysius – and on the neighboring property, we find that about 100 years old St. Antonius Kirche, which has the highest church tower in Westphalia (102 meters).
A popular destinations for families with children is the zoo NaturZoo Rheine, which was established in 1936. There are 300 different species.
Nearest major airport is Münster / Osnabrück Airport – approx. 25 km southeast of Rheine.