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TOP 5 SIGHTSEEING SPOTS IN MÜNSTER
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Münster is one of the oldest cities in Westphalia and even has great significance for pan-European history. In 1648, the Thirty Years’ War was officially ended in the historic town hall. But the city has much more to offer than its famous town hall. Numerous sights, attractions and recreational areas wait for you in and around the city. We would like to introduce you to some of the highlights.
1. MÜNSTER CASTLE & BOTANIC GARDEN
After the historic town hall, Münster Castle is THE landmark of Münster. The former prince-bishop’s residence is now the administrative seat of the famous Münster University. The magnificent baroque building is surrounded by a spacious palace garden, which today houses the botanical garden of the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster. Here you can be enchanted by the splendour of the flowers, especially in spring, but the exotic plants in the greenhouses (e.g. in the Canary House) also make a visit particularly worthwhile.
2. PRINZIPALMARKT & DOMPLATZ
This historical landmark can be found in the heart of Münster. The old town is characterised by the majestic frontage of the houses, which visitors can admire from Prinzipalmarkt. The square and the houses tell the story of the city, the Hanseatic era and the great merchant families. The weekly market itself takes place a few metres from Prinzipalmarkt on Domplatz. In front of the 57-metre-high St. Paul’s Cathedral you can buy some groceries on Wednesdays and Saturdays, before having a coffee in the old town.
3. MÜNSTER’S PORT DISTRICT
As a Hanseatic city, Münster also had a large port district. Today, however, many of the old buildings serve a different purpose. A lively art and cultural scene has developed in Münster’s port district, and restaurants, bars and nightclubs have also set up shop. The city harbour is a meeting place, especially in summer, for winding down in the evening or for a leisurely stroll along the water. Open-air concerts also take place here – so it’s almost always worth a detour.
4. AASEE IN THE SOUTHWEST
The Aasee is more than just a reservoir – it is Münster’s largest local recreational area and perhaps its most popular natural sight. The lake in the south-west of Münster offers a variety of possible activities. It is greatly suited for water sports and boat trips, long walks and bike tours along the shore. Couples enjoy picnics at the most beautiful spots around the lake, and friends often meet to barbecue and chill out. In particularly cold winters, the Aasee has even become a skating rink.
5. HOUSE ASSEN IN THE LIPPE VALLEY
For the last tip, we would like to take you a little out of the city. Less than an hour’s drive from the city centre is the Renaissance castle Haus Assen in the Lippe Valley. Surrounded by forests and water, it is undoubtedly one of the most idyllic sights in the Münsterland region. Around the old castle, beautiful hiking trails and walking routes await all those who like to enjoy the dreamlike landscape and fresh air to the fullest.