Münster originated as a monastery founded in 794 by the Frisian missionary Lüdger to aid Charlemagne's campaign to gain control over the Saxons. In 805, Münster was made a bishopric and, in 1170, it obtained its town rights. In 1648, a peace treaty was signed at the Rathaus, marking an end to the Thirty Year's War. Today Münster is a city of about 270.000 inhabitants known for its university and as an administration center.
Münster has good links via the Deutsche Bahn main station Münster Hauptbahnhof. Düsseldorf Flughafen (Airport) is about 1 hour 20 minutes by train from Münster. Münster Osnabrück Airport is about 30 minutes drive from Münster. This airport has grown in recent years offering flights throughout Europe including to London (Stansted), Berlin and Amsterdam. By car travelers can reach Münster by the Autobahn 1 from north and south and Autobahn 43 from south east.
Münster has a huge number of bikes which creates a really special atmosphere. There are about 50,000 students in Münster so by bike and on foot are the key modes of transport. All sidewalks have a red-brick section reserved for cyclists. The complete city has a pedestrian/cycle path around it. The Promenade follows the route of the long-gone medieval walls. It makes for a very nice walk around the city and takes you past the lovely Aasee (a large artificial lake surrounded by a park). There is also a good city bus system. You can get tickets from the bus driver.
The Peace Hall, where the Treaty of Münster - part of Peace of Westphalia which ended Thirty Years War and established the Westphalian system of interaction between sovereign states - was finalized, is at the old city hall.
The Cathedral (German: Dom) is very impressive and well worth a visit. Also, the City Museum (free entry) in Salzstrasse is really interesting. (Although displays are only in German)
- There is an all weather zoo in Münster.
- Pablo Picasso Museum of Graphic Art, the only museum devoted exclusively to the graphic works of Pablo Picasso http://www.graphikmuseum-picasso-muenster.de/
- There is a nice modern indoor swimming Pool near the town centre. http://www.muenster.de/stadt/sportamt/baeder.html
There is a huge choice of restaurants in Münster. The cuisine of almost every country in the world is represented. For Italian the Mocca Dor is a nice choice. Some recommended German restaurants and bars include Stuhlmacher (by the Town Hall/Rathaus)on Prinzipalmarkt. Or just round the corner the Kiepenkerl has tables outside by the Maypole.
Take advantage from being in Münster by drinking an Altbier at Brauerei und Altbierküche Pinkus Müller. The Pinkus Müller restaurant and bar has its own brewery producing some really tasty beers. Münster has a large student community so there are a range of bars such as Cafe Extrablatt and Markt Cafe (on the market square by the Cathedral).
The Jüdefelder Strasse (located north west of the city center) gathers many bars and pubs such as Gorilla, Die Rote Liebe, Davidschwach and more. Alternatively, you can find a huge amount of bars in the "Hafen" area (south east of the city center, behind the main train station). Prices are usually reasonable (starting at around €2 for a beer and €4/5 for a cocktail).
- Markt Cafe,Modern Bar and Cafe opposite the Cathedral
- Stuhlmacher,Traditional Pub next to the Rathaus (town Hall) on Prinzipalmarkt
For conveniently located hotels near the Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) the Ibis Hotel is a good option about 5 minutes walk from the main station. Or directly opposite the station is the Hotel Conti.Another Hotel opposite the station that is a really nice choice with modern rooms is the Hotel Kaiserhof. From the outside it doesn't look much (just a modern office block type building) But inside it is really nicely decorated it the style of a traditional older hotel. There is also a free Sauna for guests.
- Kaiserhof Hotel, http://www.kaiserhof-muenster.de/
- Hotel Conti, http://www.hotel-conti-muenster.de/,
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