All Münster – or what? Münster is a city of science, a city of art and culture, a city of cycling, a city of the Peace of Westphalia and the most liveable city in the world.
Münster has a lot to offer. The picturesque historic centre of the 1200-year-old town with its many historic buildings, churches and museums. The modern architecture contrasts charmingly with this. The promenade that surrounds the city centre, the parks or the Aasee, which invite you to linger. The gabled houses with elegant shops under romantic archways that invite you to shop, the Prinzipalmarkt – one of the most beautiful shopping streets in Germany and much more.
Whether alone, as a couple or with the family – a visit to the most l(i)eben city in the world is always an experience. Here are just a few tips for your visit to Münster:
City Tours and Guided Tours
Enjoy fascinating city tours or guided tours in the most liveable city in the world. A small selection: City tours with the red double-decker convertible Münsterbus at hourly intervals using the hop-on / hop-off method, Münster tours and a variety of themed tours with k3 Stadtführungen or Old Town tours in 10 languages, city tours, guided bike tours, walking tours and much more with the Stadt-Lupe Münster
Prinzipalmarkt – the central square in the heart of Münster. City life takes place between the characteristic gabled houses and archways, the many exclusive shops and restaurants. The historic town hall with its Peace Hall is also located on Prinzipalmarkt.
St Paul’s Cathedral
As an episcopal church, St Paul’s Cathedral is the spiritual and religious centre of the diocese of Münster, which was founded in 805. The cathedral church captivates not only with its architecture, but also with all the depictive arts that have been and still are at the service of the liturgy throughout the centuries.
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, Münster’s large weekly market takes place in the shadow of the cathedral. Here you can find typical Westphalian food, delicacies from all over the world and market people who like to have a chat. Fortify yourself with a hot potato fritter or enjoy the hustle and bustle with a large latte.
The Aasee is Münster’s most central recreational area and is only about 15 minutes’ walk from Prinzipalmarkt. Its picturesque paths attract joggers, walkers, cyclists and inline skaters into the countryside. In fine weather, pedal boats and sailboats share the waters. And around the lake, cafés, restaurants and hotels cater for the physical well-being of day trippers.
Prince Bishop’s Castle
The former prince-bishop’s castle was built between 1767 and 1787 in the Baroque style for Maximilian Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels, the penultimate prince-bishop of Münster. The architect was Johann Conrad Schlaun. Since 1954 it has been the seat of the administration of the Westphalian Wilhelms University.
The Allwetterzoo (all-weather zoo) owes its name to the covered walkways that protect against rain or sun. All in all, the Allwetterzoo is home to over 3,000 animals of around 300 species, a large proportion of which can be experienced “up close and personal”. In addition, the park-like zoo grounds offer idyllically situated picnic areas, restaurant and kiosks, a sunbathing lawn for the summer and beautiful playgrounds for small and large children.
The Erbdrostenhof was commissioned by Adolph Heidenreich Freiherr Droste zu Vischering and built by the Baroque architect Johann Conrad Schlaun between 1753 and 1757 to be used as a town palace. The Erbdrostenhof is one of Münster’s most important architectural monuments. The main and showpiece of the Erbdrostenhof is the banqueting hall, which extends through the entire middle building.
The botanical garden, located directly behind the castle, has a total area of approximately 5 hectares with 2000 square metres of greenhouse space. 5 out of 10 greenhouses are open to visitors all year round. Nearly 8000 different plant species are cultivated and presented in different collections and seasonal ornamental plantings.
Cycling in the Münsterland
Around 4,500 kilometres of cycle paths are signposted in Münsterland and lead to impressive sights, picturesque town centres, unspoilt landscapes or follow the numerous rivers. Many of these paths are mostly flat, but never boring. But the Münsterland also offers metres of altitude in the Baumberge and Tecklenburger Land. Over 200 circular routes are available to cyclists.
Münster Public Library houses approx. 260,000 media, of which approx. 220,000 are books, on an area of approx. 6000 sqm. The current location was opened in 1993 for the 1200th anniversary of the city. The modern architecture of the library building contrasts with the adjacent buildings of the historic city centre.
Münster offers so much more. We have only compiled a small excerpt for you here. For further and more in-depth information on how to organise your visit to Münster, we refer you to the very informative and interesting website of Münster Marketing.
Further detailed information on culture, tourism and the economy in Münsterland can be found on the website of Münsterland e.V.