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Travel Guide

Muenster showing outdoor eating and heritage elements as well as a small group of people

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

Hotel Kaiserhof
Hotel Kaiserhof
4.5 out of 5
Bahnhofstr. 14, Münster, NW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £82 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Located in Innenstadtring, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of GOP Variety Theater, Museum of Lacquer Art and Münster City Museum. Ludgeriplatz and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (393 reviews)

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2019

Hotel Kaiserhof
Alexianer Hotel am Wasserturm
Alexianer Hotel am Wasserturm
3 out of 5
Alexianerweg 9, Münster
The price is £102 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Amelsbüren, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Aasee, Townhouse Tower and Prinzipalmarkt. University of Münster and Historical City Hall ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (224 reviews)
"They didnt let me stay here because of their bigotry. They left me on the street at 9 pm with my paid booking, refering on covid reginal rules. They said i cannot stay in hotels in that region of germany... 5kms from this hotel i was welcomed at another hotel with open arms!"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Alexianer Hotel am Wasserturm
H4 Hotel Münster
H4 Hotel Münster
4 out of 5
Stubengasse 33, Münster, NW
The price is £96 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Altstadt Münster, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Lacquer Art, Picasso Museum and Townhouse Tower. Prinzipalmarkt and Historical ...
4.3/5Excellent! (625 reviews)
Good hotel in the centre of town!
"Great hotel in the middle of the town. Good service and a good breakfast. We had our dog with us and they put a dog bed in our rooms with a bag full of food and treats - good service! The parking in the basement is easy. Would recommend a stay if you are visiting the town!"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2020

H4 Hotel Münster
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Amazing Historical Apartment # 1
Amazing Historical Apartment # 1
Oststrasse 6, Sendenhorst, North Rhine-Westphalia
The price is £87 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in the heart of Sendenhorst, this apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of Ahlen Art Museum, Sportpark Nord and Museum im Goldschmiedehaus. Halle ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Gut value for the money
"The attic apartment is big, comfortable for 8 people. Situated in the city center. The furniture needs a bit of repairs. It was difficult to check in, while the stuff in the pub in the basement had no clue, the cook has the key and manages also the flats in the house nearby."

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Amazing Historical Apartment # 1
Hof Dalhaus
Hof Dalhaus
Berenbrock 51, Luedinghausen
Situated in Luedinghausen, this apartment building is within 12 miles (20 km) of Schloss Nordkirchen, Church St. Martinus and Rhode Park. Cappenberg Castle and ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Tolle, großzügige Maisonette-Wohnung in wunderbarer Lage inmitten der "Münsterländer Parklandschaft" mit freiem Blick in die weite Landschaft und zum nahen Dortmund-Ems-Kanal"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2020

Hof Dalhaus
Villa Am Honigbach - Zentrale, Ruhige Ferienwohnung
Villa Am Honigbach - Zentrale, Ruhige Ferienwohnung
Am Honigbach 9, Ferienwohnung, Coesfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia
Situated in Coesfeld, this apartment building is 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from Hohe Mark Nature Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of St. Brigida Church and Rhode Park. ...
Villa Am Honigbach - Zentrale, Ruhige Ferienwohnung
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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