Münster a city of incredible history, a tower keeper and one or two cyclists
Ahh, Münster, Germany, isn’t it wonderful when a charming city lives up to your expectations? and Münster in the Westphalia, did just that?
Attractive gabled buildings along the cobbled street of Prinzipalmarkt, the eye-catching central cathedral, St. Lambert's Church and a beautiful Gothic Rathaus. Ohh, and that was just the start.
Münster, Germany, is perfect for a weekend break any time of the year; however, if you love discovering Germany at yuletide, then visit Münster's Christmas Markets.
Where is Münster
How to get to Münster
- By Air
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- By Car
If your venturing from the UK, jump on Le Shuttle and tour to Münster under your own steam. Alternatively, it’s so easy to visit on a road trip. Rental Cars searches multiple well-known car hire brands and discovers the deals that suit you the best.
Why not stopover in Aachen on the way?
Discovering MünsterIt starts with a city tour
Things to do in Münster
- Visit St Paulus Dom: - get your timing right to here the Astronomical clock chime
- Feel History in the "Hall of peace"
- Take in some culture at the LWL Museum, the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso or the Stadtmuseum Münster
- Don't miss the Tower Keeper at the St. Lamberti
- If the weather's fine head to Aasee Park
- Enjoy the city at Christmas
Grab your Münster Card
The History of MünsterMünster Rathaus
Münster City’s town hall like in so many others in Germany cities takes pride of place in the heart of the town. Standing elegant and proud, Munster’s Rathaus has many stories to tell.
The gothic building has been lovingly restored in the 1950s to its original character from the mid-14th-century.
Reasons to visit MünsterMünster Stadtweinhaus
Münster DomThe Cathedral with the special clock
Shopping in MünsterMünster Prinzipalmarkt
The main street through Münster is the historic Prinzipalmarkt.
Lined with beautiful gabled buildings, this wide road would have always been a busy market street.
Full of locals purchasing their goods from merchants and market traders.
Giving Münster city’s Prince Bishop quite a resounding impression that the Münster townsfolk were building their own wealth.
Today you can still imagine how this prosperous city would have looked. The arched colonnades have upmarket, stylish stores lining the magnificent buildings, giving a feel of wealth and pride.
Münster and the Anabaptist rebellionSt. Lamberti and its gruesome tales
In the mid-16th-century, the Anabaptists tried unsuccessfully to convert Munster from Catholicism to Protestantism. Their bodies were then hung on display as an act of warning to the town.
The original cages remain and as part of the Munster city’s public art. In 1987 three faint lights were placed inside as part of the city’s art exhibition, to denote their three souls.
Maintaining traditions in MünsterMünster’s Tower Keeper
It was an incredible experience, even climbing the 300 spiralling stone steps. When we reached the top, it was magnificent and the night skyline across the city breath-taking.
When we chatted to Martje, she was completely honoured to have been given this historical role and privileged to be carrying on the tradition for Münster.
We peer over the top of the 246 feet (75 metres) vantage point.
As this is such an iconic tradition, we see people waiting in the streets below for Tower Keepers nightly call.
There’s more to Münster, GermanyArchitecture & style
Münster's café with a viewTime for a coffee break
Discover Münster at Christmas
We were fortunate enough to return for the Christmas market festivities and they didn't disappoint.
The Christmas markets weave their way through the historic streets of Münster offering unique gifts and a very German yuletide experience.
Museums & Galleries in MünsterA little more culture
Head to the upper floor of the Picasso museum and take a peek out of the window, you’ll get a great view of Picasso’s head detailed in the paving stones below.
LWL - Museum for Art and Culture is another venue you can visit free with your Münster Card. It displays over a thousand years of art history, from the middle ages to today. The LWL Museum also has some wonderful exhibitions; unfortunately, we were too early for the Turner exhibit, which starts in November 2019.
Places to visit in MünsterA little more culture
You’ll find Münster to be a lovely compact city, and to me, this is part of its charm. However, there are always more to delightful qualities to keep an eye out for.
Firstly, the six carillons (glockenspiels) located around the town, there is the one I mentioned in the Dom. Another on Nonhoff House along Rothenburg but see if you can spot the others.
Also, the Kiepenkerl statue and fountain, located by Bergstrasse. This charming statue depicts the local roaming merchant in the Münsterland. They roamed from the town to the countryside carrying their laden down panniers, "Kiepe".
One thing that certainly will not go unnoticed during your visit to Münster is the number of bikes and how well the city has become very bike-friendly.
There are on average 2 to 3 bicycles per person in Münster, and lots of the streets are now for only bikes and public transport. They even have dedicated underground bike parks, just like a car park to keep your bike safe during the day.
Our video from MünsterOur experience of the city
Where to stay in MünsterElegant & charming accomodation
The staff were extremely accommodating and friendly.
The hotel is slightly out of the city centre, which was ideal for us, as there were ample free parking and only a 20 minutes bus journey into town.
The room was incredibly comfortable, clean & very peaceful.
There was plenty of room in the lounge area, and the desk was a good size, allowing us to set-up our charging station, and work comfortably on the laptop.
All the staff that we met at this hotel were friendly, polite and accommodating.
A great experience.
The breakfast room was located in the cellar, which was light and very comfortable.
Fresh coffee served at your table and an excellent buffet breakfast selection
Where to eat and drink in MünsterLet's be traditional
Münster’s local tipple
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