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    Manors of the Nobility

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    City manor of the Freiherren von Heereman
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    The noble families of the region reside on their water palaces in the countryside but many of them also owned a manor in the city of Münster.

    Some of these are preserved and/or rebuilt. If you see a big old house check if there is a sign that explains what it is.

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    Pig in the Shower

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 28, 2009

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    Pigs are very clean animals. This one is taking a shower in the front garden of a flower shop next to Zentralfriedhof. The shower is really on at intervals; of course it had just stopped when I had the camera ready.

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    Catholic Academy Franz-Hitze-Haus

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 28, 2009

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    The Catholic Academy does conventions, seminars etc. about almost any topic that is in the widest sense connected with Christian faith - see the website for the current programme. I have been three times, always in September for the study week on art history and theology which takes place every year. The house provides accommodation and meals for the participants and the atmosphere is very pleasant, friendly and familiar.
    Language skills in German are needed.

    Address: Kardinal-von-Galen-Ring 50 (west of the city centre, not far from Aasee)

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    Krameramthaus - House of the Merchant Guild

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 28, 2009

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    The renaissance building has been repaired in its original shape after the war. It is the house of Dutch culture and hosts exhibitions of contemporary art nowadays.

    The house served as accommodation for the Dutch delegation during the negotiations that lead to the Peace Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, which ended the 30 Years War.

    Location: behind Lambertikirche

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    Grave Chapel of Sister M. Euthymia

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    The field with the graves of the Clemensschwestern (Sisters of St Clement) in Zentralfriedhof has long rows with little tombstones that are all alike. All except one. One of the nuns got a special grave in a modern glass chapel which is visited frequently by faithful catholics who leave candles and flowers and “Thank You” gifts. One of them, Sister M. Euthymia, was beatified under Pope John Paul II, so her grave became a pilgrimage destination.

    Life of Sister M. Euthymia
    Emma Offing was born in Halverde (Steinfurt district) in 1914. In 1934 she joined the order of the Clemensschwestern in Münster and received the name Euthymia. There she became a trained nurse. During the war she took care of prisoners of war and forced labourers. These called her “Angel of Love”.
    In 1948 she returned to Münster and took the direction of the laundry of convent and hospital. Despite a lot of work she remained the friendly sister who had a smile and a good word for everyone and helped everyone who asked her to. She spent a lot of time in prayer.
    In 1955 she died of cancer. Since her death people have been praying for her intercession with the Lord.
    Sister M. Euthymia was beatified in Rome on October 7, 2001.
    (Translated by yours truly from the board outside the chapel)

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    Zentralfriedhof – Main Cemetery

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    Münster’s main cemetery, located between palace and Aa lake, covers a huge area. It is not exactly a tourist destination but if you are in this part of the town it is worth a look. In the front part around the alley old tombstones of famous citizens and noble families are to be found. The cemetery is divided among the parishes of the city, most of which are catholic but the protestants have their grave fields, too. The monasteries have their own graveyards with uniform little tombstones showing the names of the monks or nuns.

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    Schloss Raesfeld

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    One of the most idyllic moated castles in the Münsterland, in the little town of Raesfeld (near Dorsten). The castle is used as a public administration academy, so the interior cannot be visited, but you can admire the castle from outside or walk the castle grounds in a beautiful rural setting. A few nice shops have set up in the castle, and there is a good restaurant. Popular setting for weddings, too !

    P.S.: The moat is filled with waterbirds (canada geese, black swans, ducks etc.) - so watch out not to step in their droppings.

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    Schloss Westerwinkel

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    Beautiful Schloss Westerwinkel in Ascheberg is only open to the public for groups after prior telephonical appointment. If you are interested, you will have to check with the local tourist office. It is probably less complicated to just visit the castle grounds, which are impressive enough. The inner courtyard is open for visitors, and you can walk along the moat around the castle.

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    Burg Gemen

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Dec 27, 2007

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    This huge moated castle is now used as a Youth Hostel - the interior can therefore not be visited. You can walk around this impressive castle along the moat though. The castle dates back to the 11th century but due to architectural additions the form it has now was established mainly in the 17th century.

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    Schloss Varlar

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Dec 27, 2007

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    This beautiful moated castle is unique as it is one of the few neo-classic moated castles in the Münsterland area. The interior can not be visited - it is privately-owned - but you can partly walk around the castle and admire it from a distance.

    Drive direction Coesfeld on road B254 and then on direction "Ahaus" until exit "Schloss Varlar".

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    Haus Borg (near Rinkerode)

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Dec 27, 2007

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    This moated castle with its typical blue-white windows and gates is privately-owned and especially hard to find. It can not be visited, but the exterior can be admired if you walk around the castle. It can be found opposite to the little town of Rinkerode (south of Münster) along road B54. Park your car in Rinkerode, then cross the B54 and go through the tar road with the gate, parallel to the channel, then walk on 200 metres.

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    Schloss Lembeck

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Dec 27, 2007

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    One of the largest moated castles in the Münsterland, built in the second half of the 17th century. The castle is open to the public (except for the winter months) - guided tours of the state rooms are possible. The castle has a hotel, a restaurant and a cafe, too.

    Location: near Dorsten

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    Burg Vischering

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Castle Vischering (with a small local museum inside) in Lüdinghausen is one of the best-known and most-photographed moated castles in the Münsterland. Worth the visit, though the interior of the castle is not very spectacular.

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    Schloss Nordkirchen

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    The best-known moated palace in the Münsterland is Schloss Nordkirchen in the village of Nordkirchen. The palace itself is not open to the public, but the park and garden is. It is nicknamed "Little Versailles"

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    Watch the details and find out about.

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Mar 10, 2003

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    Stephans-church and wonderful facades.

    Looking at all magnificent facades, buildings and watching the little things in them, one can learn a lot more then just hurrying down the street and randomly calling out "oh's" and "ah's". The Stephan's-church for example has a couple of stone barches sticking out, where they used to hang cages high on either side of the tower. Here it was that some new-thinkers that flead from The Netherlands during the Spanish inquisition, were hanged as examples of turning against the Catholic Church. Thinking that in the rapidly changing to Lutherian, German kingdoms they would be safe, they anyway got caught, send to trial and convicted to death.
    Other less morbid details are the many little statues on the facades of the "Patricians" houses on either side of the mainstreet. They often represent professional groups of late medieval times. Can you recognise which professions?

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