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Münster Highlights

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     nice Old Town; cyclist-friendly-city 

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     beware of the cyclists !; sometimes rainy; moated castles not always open for visitors 

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     the shots at destille ;-) 

Münster Things to Do

  • A night at the opera

    Photos:1. Singers and conductor applauding the orchestra2. Opera audience at the Münster City Theater3. Musicians in the orchestra pit4. Birds and animals taking their bows5. Program booklet for The Cunning Little Vixen (in German Das schlaue Füchslein) Unlike Mozart, who started writing operas when he was eleven, Leos Janacek got off to a late...

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  • Historic Town Hall

    The Town Hall , a Gothic building with a high gable dating from 14th century was destroyed in the war, has been rebuilt has a replica.

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  • Burg Vischering

    Someone neglected to tell the architect that castles are supposed to look mean and intimidating. Burg Vischering is a beautiful moated castle in a pleasant park setting. As you stroll around the moat, you see that there is not an ugly angle on this structure. The castle wasn't completely open when we visited, but we were still able to walk across...

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  • Zwinger, a dark history

    The Zwinger is a 16th century tower that was once part of the wall that surrounded the city of Munster. The wall is now a pedestrian greenway that encompasses most of the city, but the tower has been some what restored and houses a 'permanent' sculpture installation that evokes the oppressive history of the place. The tower was built as part of the...

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  • Picasso Square

    The most recent acquisition of Münster's art scene: The square in front of the Picasso Museum has received a new pavement from stones in different colours which depicts the face of Picasso, including his famous striped sweater. The inauguration happened just when I was there, on September 1, 2010.It is a bit hard to see from ground level. You get a...

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  • Art Nouveau Tower of the "City House"

    The so-called "Stadthaus" ("City House") was built next to the old city hall in 1902 - 1907 to accommodate offices of the city administration. While the rest of the building and everything around was destroyed in World War II, the tower survived miraculously and almost without damage. The tower is a landmark in the heart of the city where...

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Münster Restaurants

  • An historic traditional restaurant

    This is a very old and classic restaurant/beerhall that is right next to the old town hall in Munster. We didn't eat here, but enjoyed a few beers and schnapps in a really cozy atmosphere. It's all warmly lit with dark woodwork and tiled walls. You won't want to leave.

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  • Café Extrablatt

    Cozy interior on two levels, lovely posters on the walls, old furniture, delicious coffee and hot chocolate, but also little snacks! VERY enjoyable place, especially since it does not look very inviting from the outside. Just by chance we had a look inside and found out, that apparently the Münsteraner knew this place!! It was packed!!!

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  • Altes Gasthaus Leve

    Just walking past this old pub after visiting a nearby brewery, I noticed they sold Edelstoff from the Augustiner Brewery in Munich, just had to stop!So - time for a dessert, a huge blueberry pancake for Mrs B and a first ever creme brulee for me - very tasty! and, of course, a couple of Edelstoffs each.A lovely end to our evening.

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Münster Nightlife

  • right next door

    I'll be honest. If we could we'd have never left Pinkus Müller. I'd come to town specifically to go there and it was great but we had to leave due to reservations coming in. We found this place just up the street. It certainly looked (and was) atmospheric and the biggest requirement was filled: they served Pinkus Müller beers. It was also quite...

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  • For drinks and cocktails

    In a former petrol station, hence the name.Rather a small place inside, but quite crowded. Good "light" cocktails.

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  • Pubs area - Kneipenviertel

    Here is the heart of the nightlife.Narrow streets and colourful houses to enjoy beer.The area is the Kuhviertel ( cow neighbourhood) around Kuhstr.Some of them:Blaues Haus (www.das-blaue-haus.info),Cavete...

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Münster Transportation

  • Trains to Münster

    Photos:1. Münster main station, with bicycles2. Main station with one of the entrances to the bicycle station3. Upstairs in the Regional Express train from Münster to MönchengladbachI went to Münster on a direct ICE train (InterCityExpress) from Frankfurt am Main, with stops at Frankfurt Airport, Mainz, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Wuppertal, Hagen, and...

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  • Bike Capital of Germany

    Münster is known as Germany’s capital of bicycles. The landscape in Northern Germany is mostly flat and perfect for biking. Münster was one of the first cities that adjusted its traffic planning to bikes more than cars. The huge underground “bike station” next to the train station offers secure parking, rental bikes, repairs and service.To truly...

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  • Buses in Münster

    Photos:1. Inside a Münster bus2. Bus near the station, advertising clean electricity3. Cyclists and a busMünster has no trams (streetcars), but a very good bus system with frequent connections and state-of-the-art information screens.Nonetheless, only 10.4% of trips within the city are done by bus or local trains. The reason for this low percentage...

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Münster Shopping

  • The Angel Shop

    The cute little shop sells all kinds of angel figures and similar – nooo, I’m not going to call it “kitsch”... A look into the shop windows is recommended if you like cute little things. If you really really like cute little things you may want to enter the shop and buy some souvenirs. Location: Salzstraße, next to Dominikanerkirche

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  • So...much...beer

    Look for shops that specialize in beer and stand in wonder at all the varieties. You can get most of them in single bottles, so you can buy a bunch of different brews to try. It's pretty cheap too (especially if you are used to buying this stuff as imports!).

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  • Best streets for shopping

    Ludgeri Straße ist one of the best streets for shopping. Here there's almost everything. A huge department store called Kaufhof, where you can bye EVERYTHING! And many girl-clothes shops, (H&M, Xanaka are my favourites), some mobile phones centres, some bakeries (in Germany definitely sinful places!), a gift shop (Nanu Nana), Mc Donalds (strange!)...

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Münster Local Customs

  • 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 2008Sommersend: 26 to 30 June 2008Herbstsend: 23 to 27 October 2008Check details at:(in German)...

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  • Kiepenkerl

    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

    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...

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Münster Warnings and Dangers

  • Spelling: “Munster”?!?

    Take care about the correct spelling of the name of this city. English-speaking people tend to omit and ignore the two dots on the u. However, MUNSTER is the name of a small town in the Lüneburg heath north of Hannover and if you buy a train ticket to or book a hotel room in “Munster”, or enter the name into your navigation system, there will be a...

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  • Watch out for those cyclists!!!

    Be careful when walking on the sidewalks in Munster. There is a lane on the sidewalk that is for cyclists, and it's not always obvious. Most of the bike riders will ring their little bell at you if you are in their way, some will ring their little bell angrily, and some will practically run you down.In my mind, pedestrians are to be respected above...

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  • Access to Moated Castles (Münsterland)

    Please note that while some castles are completely open to the public (like Nordkirchen, Raesfeld, Lembeck, Anholt), many are in private ownership. The interior is often not open for visitors, sometimes not even the inner courtyard. This means you can only walk around the moat (or a part of it) and admire the architecture from the outside. This...

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Münster What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can't come to Münster without a rain coat or an umbrella (if you pay attention that the wind doesn't take it away!), because it's really the most rainy place I have ever seen!

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Münster Off The Beaten Path

  • Manors of the Nobility

    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

    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

    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...

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Münster Sports & Outdoors

  • Countryside Castles

    A nice company that specializes in biking and rollerblading trips that take you from castle to castle in the Muenster area.We took a nice one day ride (30km) with a stop for lunch at a castle.Trips are from 4-7 days.The owner is a friend as a disclaimer. The owner supplies all equipment necessary except a helmet if you want one.

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  • SC Preußen Münster 06

    A first round cup game against vfl Wolfsburg, not to be missed! Tickets arranged in advance and collected - no problem. Now Preußen stadium is, understandably, not the most modern so, on a very wet day there was little cover to be found. Sadly we only stopped for around 15 minutes before retiring to a pub!For the record a 2-1 win for Wolfsburg.

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Münster Favorites

  • University

    Münster’s university with about 30.000 students strongly influences the city’s atmosphere. The centre of the university is located west of the river Aa in the inner city, along Universitätsstraße (sic!). The Schloss is another important centre, and of course the huge hospitals and clinics further west.Everything students need to know can be found...

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  • life is full

    We sat ourselves down and ordered the first round of many beers and purveyed the menu even though I’d read it in the States many times in anticipation of the day. The beer and food were mostly up to expectations though when one expects so much it’s a tall order. It was fun seeing old friends we’d not seen for a year. It’s not easy when you live...

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  • a dream unfolds in the real

    I'll have to admit I wasn't in Münster long enough to really see it but I think even if I had been my favorite part of the town would be the Pinkus Müller brewery. Despite somewhat high prices it's exactly what I think about when I dream of Germany. Old World traditions, lots of dark wood and a warm cozy feeling. We’d managed to meet VTers Sabsi...

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