Münster Local Customs

  • Arriving in Munster during Christmas time.
    Arriving in Munster during Christmas...
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  • On our way to the Spiegelturm market.
    On our way to the Spiegelturm market.
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  • Christmas market at Spiegelturm in Munster.
    Christmas market at Spiegelturm in...
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    Weihnachtsmarkte – Five locations.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 24, 2016

    There are five romantic Christmas markets with a total of 300 stalls at five wonderful squares. Each location has a different backdrop in the heart of the historic old town of Munster. The locations are:

    The oldest and largest in the courtyard of the town hall (Rathaus-Innenhof);
    The Lichtermarkt St. Lamberti at the foot of the impressive Lamberti Church;
    The Kiepenkerlsmarkt around the Kiepenkerl Memorial;
    The Aegidii Market in front of the Aegidii Church;
    The Gibelhüüskesmarkt in front of the historic Überwasser Church.

    Finding your way and visiting all Christmas markets is a truly enchanting tour. If you're tired of commercialism taking over this holiday period and would like to get right away for a real traditional and romantic Christmas market you might want to consider heading to Munster where Christmas gifts are not mass-produced but craftwork of real quality. Enjoy!

    The Aegidii Market in front of the Aegidii Church. The courtyard of the town hall (Rathaus-Innenhof).
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    Weihnachtsmarkte – 300 stalls to visit.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 24, 2016

    Munster has enough cultural highlights for the young and old. Munster’s calendar of events is filled throughout the year. This includes the Christmas market in December as well. Munster’s Christmas markets are unique: over 300 stands are present in the wonderful atmosphere of this beautiful and historical old town. The Christmas market stands are lined up along the market streets and are just a few minutes’ walk from one another other.

    When the Prinzipalmarkt is festively illuminated, the aroma of mulled wine and roasted almonds meanders through the streets, and shops are splendidly decorated – that is when the most wonderful time of the year begins in Munster. Like I said there are 300 stalls offering a huge range of toys, decorations and crafts, as well as sweets, treats, snacks and hot drinks. It is truly a joy to get around. Keep in mind that the many churches also offer space for meditative moments and there are advent tours that you can take part of.

    Paulien at 1 of the 300 stalls. The market at the Bogenstrasse.
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    Weihnachtsmarkte – Christmas market.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 24, 2016

    The magic of traditional German Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkte) is attracting more visitors towards it every year. Historic Christmas markets, held in the cities, towns and villages throughout the country are becoming much more popular. This is probably due to the great holiday festive feeling that goes along with it. We, as a family, like to visit the German Christmas markets every year. We kind of live close to the German border and are able to visit one or two Christmas markets in December. For me it was always a bucket list thing to visit the Christmas market in Munster. This year (2015) we did it!

    Why did we want to go to Munster for this particular event? Well, first of all the city of Munster is a great and beautiful city to visit anyway. Besides that, we knew that Munster just didn’t have one Christmas market on one main square, but 300 stalls are divided over five locations throughout the city center. This is of course quite unique and one of the main reason for us to visit it.

    Arriving in Munster during Christmas time. On our way to the Spiegelturm market. Christmas market at Spiegelturm in Munster.
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    The Swan Boat

    by Kathrin_E Written Sep 28, 2015

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    Among the pedal, sail and rowing boats that you can hire for a ride on Aasee, there is one boat in the shape of a big white swan. This boat made the news a while ago. It is connected with a sad love story...

    A real live swan fell in love with the boat and courted it for years in a row - obviously without much success. Since swans are monogamous, this poor bird had to live with the heartache. Soon people nicknamed the female black swan "Petra". There was quite a bit of media hype about the story. For those who read German, there is more about her in the German Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra_%28Schwan%29 The swan is not there any more, but her beloved boat is easily spotted on the lake.

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    Kirner Pils.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 13, 2015

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils.

    The history of the Kirner family dates back to the 15th century. The first link to a brewery is made in the 17th century when they opened the doors in the little village of Kirn. The beer became rather popular and ever since 1798 it´s even available on a large scale. Just try it, it´s good!

    Kirner Pils.
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    Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 13, 2015

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in France generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

    Two round pins system.
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    Talko to someone who knows ...

    by Jerelis Written Sep 13, 2015

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For us the travel tips we have written in this section made the most of our travel experience and we came home in the same happy, healthy state that we left.

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    Send (yearly fun fairs)

    by milugares Updated Feb 10, 2008

    3 times a year (Spring, Summer and Autumn), Muensterraners celebrate "Send": fun fairs at the Palace Square, with attractions, street vendors (imbiss), fireworks (friday)... and great fun.

    Calendar for 2.008:
    Fruhjahr send: 3 to 7 April 2008
    Sommersend: 26 to 30 June 2008
    Herbstsend: 23 to 27 October 2008

    Check details at:(in German)
    www.muenster.de/stadt/send.html

    For English speakers, try translating the page with online services like Google, Altavista or alike.

    Another alternative: http://www.thisisyork.co.uk/york/fact_file/muenster.html
    *Update: unfortunately, it seems this page no longer exists. I only found this, which mentions the twinnig of the 2 cities: http://www.york.gov.uk/visiting/Town_twinning/.
    But for english-speaking, I found an external page with history about the city and GREAT photos. I'll place the link on the Muenster overview page.

    Send
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    Kiepenkerl

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Jun 11, 2007

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    The "Kiepenkerl", a nice witty fellow clad in a blue skirt typical for the Münster region. In former times, they were smalltown tradesmen, wandering from town to town and selling goods from their backpack (called "Kiepe").

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    Christmas Market

    by milugares Updated Nov 28, 2004

    Like many other places in Germany, Muenster has also a "Weihnachtsmarkt".

    Little wooden houses with candles, crafts, and of course, food and "Gluhwein" (hot wine with cinammon and other spice) are spread among the different streets in the heart of the town, around Town Hall, Lamberti church, Spiekerhof or Aegidiimarkt.

    Specially on saturdays, it is full with visitors, many of them from the nearby Netherlands.

    Dates 2.004:
    22.11.04 - 23.12.04
    10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (sundays from 11 a.m.)

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    Weihnachtsmärkte = Christmasmarkets

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 31, 2002

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    Like in many German towns, from the first "Advent"-weekend the cities are full of Christmas-spirit and on several places "Weihnachtsmärkte" give a great atmosphere. In Münster these markets are often spread along the crescent-street and offer various themes (lights, candles, food/drink, decorations etc.). Nice is that here the markets are not so massive as in some others German cities, but pictoresk and cosy small. From The Netherlands, busloads of Dutch are brought each year, to either joy and annoyance of our East-neighbors.

    The old atronomical clock in the Sankt Paulus-Dom

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