The Swan Boat
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.
- Sailing and Boating
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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!
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Voltage, frequency and plug ins.
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.
- Road Trip
- Business Travel
Talko to someone who knows ...
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.
- Business Travel
- Road Trip
Send (yearly fun fairs)
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)
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.
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
- Arts and Culture
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").
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.
22.11.04 - 23.12.04
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (sundays from 11 a.m.)
- Religious Travel
- Family Travel
Weihnachtsmärkte = Christmasmarkets
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.