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MünsterGermany

On a city trip to Münster you find the days of the Hanseatic League coming to life and a bold display of modern architecture and art.

The former Hanseatic city of Münster attracts visitors from all over Germany and, for its ten-yearly sculpture exhibitions, art lovers from all over the world. The Flemish style gables and individual façades of the buildings along the Prinzipalmarkt are aptly known as Münster's "parlour" because as you stroll through the arcades here you go past very upmarket boutiques. At the Stadtweinhaus you can sit in the open air in one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city.

Right next door your city trip to Münster takes you into the Town Hall of the Westphalian Peace. In the historic Peace Hall you can learn about the history of the city and especially about the peace treaties of 1648 which ended the Thirty Years' War. The three cages hanging on the tower of the Gothic Church of St Lamberti tell quite a different story. On your short trip to Münster you should definitely visit this building, if only for the windows which are a brightly coloured mosaic of stained glass. At one time the cages held Anabaptists who were followers of John of Leiden and had been condemned to death.

The pop artist Keith Haring, Richard Serra and Claes Oldenburg all brought art to Münster, even before the Picasso Museum opened in the year 2000. Although Haring's Red Dog sculpture has moved to Ulm you can still admire Richard Serra's bronze sculpture and Claes Oldenburg's Giant Pool Balls at Aasee Lake. The Picasso Museum focuses on lithographs by this all-rounder whose likeness has been immortalised in the paving on Picassoplatz Square.

Go on the pleasure boat, Professor Landois, to explore Aasee Lake which stretches from the city centre past Sentruper Höhe residential area with its windmill, planetarium and all-weather zoo, as far as the district of Mecklenbeck. There is a unique open air museum which is a reconstruction of a village from five hundred years ago. You can hire pedalos for a reasonable price at the modern quayside which is lined with stylish cafés. You might also hear about the swan-pedalo which a female black swan once fell in love with, a liaison which aroused international interest.

Your city trip to Münster is bound to tempt you into a walk along the lovely Promenade, a green belt surrounding the city centre. It leads from the Baroque palace with its botanical garden past the Buddenturm tower in the district of Kreuzviertel to the Zwinger bastion, which now houses an art installation. With its city library and theatre Münster presents modern, avant-garde architecture on your mini-break, in contrast to the Italian flavour of the Dominican Church and its dome.

Where to stay in Münster

Innenstadtring, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Innenstadtring

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the churches and gardens in Innenstadtring. You might want to make time for a stop at Münster Castle or GOP Variety Theater.

Innenstadtring
St. Lambert\'s Church featuring heritage architecture, heritage elements and night scenes

Altstadt

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Altstadt is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Münster Cathedral and Historical City Hall of Münster.

Altstadt
Mitte-Nordost, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Mitte-Nordost

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Visitors to Mitte-Nordost enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Halle Muensterland Exhibition and Congress Centre is worth a stop.

Mitte-Nordost
Wolbeck, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Wolbeck

Though Wolbeck may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Halle Muensterland Exhibition and Congress Centre and GOP Variety Theater.

Wolbeck
Nienberge, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Nienberge

Travellers enjoy Nienberge for its museums and monuments. Consider checking out Haus Ruschhaus while you're in the area.

Nienberge
Sentruper Höhe, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Sentruper Höhe

You'll enjoy the museums and zoo in Sentruper Höhe. You might want to make time for a stop at Allwetterzoo Münster or Lake Aasee.

Sentruper Höhe

Top hotels in Münster

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Parkhotel Hohenfeld Münster
Parkhotel Hohenfeld Münster
4 out of 5
Dingbaengerweg 400, Münster
The price is £74 per night

Situated in Münster, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Allwetterzoo Münster, LWL Museum of Natural History and Lake Aasee. Muhlenhof Open-Air Museum and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (182 reviews)
The Münster 😁

"Very nice hotel. Great food. Service is awesome the people are even better. Could not get in WiFi, but that was true of Europe in general. It was clean though I did see cobwebs in our room. Certainly recommended though."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2019

Parkhotel Hohenfeld Münster
Movenpick Hotel Munster
Movenpick Hotel Munster
4.5 out of 5
Kardinal-von-Galen-Ring 65, Münster, NW
The price is £72 per night

Located in Innenstadtring, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Aasee and Muhlenhof Open-Air Museum. LWL Museum of Natural History and Münster ...

4.3/5Excellent! (643 reviews)

"In Perfect Condition. Very nice hotel Work stay again"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Movenpick Hotel Munster
H4 Hotel Münster
H4 Hotel Münster
4 out of 5
Stubengasse 33, Münster, NW
The price is £76 per night

Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Lacquer Art, Picasso Museum and Townhouse Tower. Prinzipalmarkt and Historical City Hall ...

4.3/5Excellent! (574 reviews)

"Good location, great staff, comfortable room. A nice modern hotel."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

H4 Hotel Münster

Popular places to visit in Münster

Historical City Hall of Münster
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Historical City Hall of Münster

5/5(2 reviews)

Nowhere is Muenster’s reputation as the “City of Peace” more celebrated than in this beautiful Gothic building, home to a museum with fascinating artifacts, including a mummified hand.

Münster Cathedral
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Münster Cathedral

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Magnificent architecture and artwork is why this house of prayer has the reputation of being one of the most splendid buildings in Germany.

University of Münster
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University of Münster

4/5(1 review)

Enjoy the student vibe when you visit University of Münster during your trip to Münster. You can seek out the cycling trails while in the area.

St. Lambert's Church
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St. Lambert's Church

Learn about a darker episode in Muenster’s turbulent past at this beautiful Gothic place of worship in the center of the city.

Münster Castle
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Münster Castle

Find out about the history of Münster with a stop at Münster Castle. You can seek out the cycling trails while in the area.

Westphalian State Museum for Art and Cultural History
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Westphalian State Museum for Art and Cultural History

Follow Germany’s Westphalia region through the ages at this comprehensive museum housed in a hyper-modern building in the heart of Muenster’s Old Town.

Top things to do in Münster

Münster-Tour
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Münster-Tour

£170
Per adult

Reviews of Münster

4.7

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Love this place, the lovely old buildings old german restaurants. Easy to get round the town from hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Welcoming and compact city ; much to see and do, but also relaxing to visit. Everything in the city is easily reached on foot.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Aug 2019

It is a beautiful historic town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jun 2019

We were only there one night but it looked like a really nice place to visit for longer

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 May 2019

Beautiful City

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