In and around Münster
Münster is a young and old town at the same time. This gives it its special charm.
More than 50,000 students (in a total population of less than 300,000) not only provide a constant rain of bike traffic, but shape the culture - and bar scene of the city.
Münster is the city where the "Peace of Westphalia" treaty was signed and is regarded as a city of science, as the bicycle capital of Germany and proudly carries the title of "Most livable city in the world".
To find out all you can do in Münster, such as exhibitions that are currently running, open-air events and other theatre performances, please visit the website Munster Marketing Tourist Information (Touristeninformation von Münster Marketing), where you will find the most updated information on current events.
Exploring Münster is best done by bike. Ask us about it!
The city walls have seen quite a lot and can tell you many stories. As early as the middle ages, Münster was designated a cathedral city with the right to hold markets, later royal residence city, then capital of the province and seat of many important and powerful institutions and potentates. In 1648, a part of the "Peace of Westphalia" treaty was signed here ending the "Thirty Years' War". The current university of Münster was constructed between the years 1773 and 1780.
Münster in Numbers
As of December 31st 2012, the number of inhabitants in Münster was 296,536. Of them approximately 50,000 were students attending the main university (Universität) and the many universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen). In addition to that, 30,000 pupils attend local primary and secondary schools. That makes a quarter of the entire of population! And there are almost twice as many bicycles in the city as residents: about half a million. Every day more than 100,000 people ride through the city with their Leeze (bicycle).
Münster is a city that keeps its history alive. After the war, houses, churches and squares in the old town were rebuilt and lovingly restored. They tell the history of many centuries. From the Prinzipalmarkt you can comfortably take many sightseeing tours and experience by foot the beauty of Münster.
In 799 Münster was established as a catholic diocese and home to the bishopric by Pope Leo III and Charlemagne. In 855 the holy Ludgerus was ordained the first bishop at the Köln cathedral. Felix Genn currently holds the office of the bishop. The most important churches in Münster are the St. Paulus cathedral whose construction started in 805 and the Lambertikirche. The current Münster cathedral was originally built between 1225-1264 and later rebuilt after the Second World War due to heavy damage.
More than 30 museums invite you to explore and discover - from the Cathedral Treasury to the works of Pablo Picasso, from the city's history to the Horse Museum at the zoo, there's something for every taste!
For some years this city has become a dangerous place. Three Münster investigators are on the heels of the perpetrators. Axel Prahl as inspector Thiel, Jan Josef Liefers as pathologist professor Boerne and private detective Wilsberg (Leonard Lansink) and his team captivate the popular "Tatort" audience nationwide. Do you also have detective qualities? The Münster Marketing website offers relevant tours of the city and many more!
Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings starting at 7AM you can enjoy the distinctive atmosphere of the Münster weekly market. From apples to goat cheese, here you will find everything that the heart and the your tummy desires. Not to be missed!!!
It is a very special occasion to visit to Münster during the Advent season. There are five Christmas markets distributed throughout the city center. Highly recommendable is the biggest and oldest that is located at the Platz des Westfälischen Friedens in the town hall's courtyard. Under a Christmas lighted sky you will find not only a huge selection of arts, crafts and jewelry stands but also a children's carousel and a diverse selection of gastronomic options. The aroma of roasted almonds, mulled wine and steaming fruit punch brings out the Christmas spirit.
Not far from Jovles Beisken one can admire the unmistakable flair of the Münster harbour. The "Kreativkai" better known amongst insiders as the city's nightlife boulevard, offers young and old an exciting mix of art, culture, restaurants and club scene all in a stylish atmosphere directly on the water.
The German docu-soap "Pinguin, Löwe & Co." made Münster's zoo, the All-Weather Zoo (Allwetterzoo), famous across the country. One of the characteristics that is special to the Münster zoo is how close you are to the animals: visitors are allowed to feed elephants, waddle along with penguins, and observe small apes in their own enclosures. The "Africaneum" for gorillas, the jungle for orangutans, the meerkat area and the new elephant park are especially worth seeing. Children particularly love the "Children and Horse Park" with ponies, giant donkeys, wolf's wood, and petting zoo. A total of more than 3,000 animals from about 300 species live at the Allwetterzoo. Also in bad weather it is worth visiting as the "all weather walkways" offer protection against the rain. The zoo grounds, which are like a park, offer many services to the visitors: idyllic picnic areas, restaurants, and kiosks, a sunbathing lawn in the summer, and beautiful playgrounds for children large and small. There are also facilities for disabled guests and diaper changing areas.
Castles and Manors in and around Münster
Münster is surrounded by picturesque parkland with numerous castles, manors, stately homes and gardens just waiting to be discovered. Maybe it's the cultural history that interests you, or maybe you just want to be enchanted by the fairy-tale settings - but a trip to these palaces and castles will crown your visit to Münster. Shall we lend you a Leeze (bicycle) for this? Some of these magnificent buildings can be reached quite easily on a bicycle. It's worth taking a look at the calendar of events to see what's happening. Whether a concert in a palace or a medieval knight's festival in a castle- It's your choice!
The Rieselfelder Münster is a bird sanctuary of the European Union on the territory of the former sewage farm of the city. It is about 6 km north of the centre. Europe-wide bird species that are endangered have found refuge in this man-made wetland. An areal view of the Rieselfelder shows the picture of a large lowland plain comprising over 130 individual ponds. So, Have fun in Münster!