Munster is the cultural capital of Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region, with a host of museums, galleries and historic attractions to explore. A public university gives the city an upbeat vibe, with most students getting around on two wheels. Considered the bicycle capital of Germany, Munster has a reputation as an eco-friendly city.
Things to do in Münster
Munster may have been heavily bombed during WWII, but most of its iconic landmarks have been lovingly restored. Start with Dom St Paul, a magnificent 13th-century cathedral. St Lambert's Church is another gem, offering a gruesome glimpse at the Munster Rebellion.
For shopping, there’s no looking past Prinzipalmarkt. The pedestrianised strip is lined with medieval colonnades, which houses a fantastic collection of stores. While you’re there don’t miss City Hall, where the Peace of Westphalia treaty was signed back in 1648.
Nearby is the Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History, showcasing pieces from the Middle Ages to the 21st-century. The Picasso Museum is another cultural highlight, with over 780 lithographs on display.
If you want to break up a day of sightseeing, Lake Aasee is a great place to catch your breath. You can rent a paddle boat, stroll along the promenade or simply relax at one of the many lakeside cafes.
Getting around Münster
Munster is home to more than 500,000 bikes, with rental shops and stations dotting the city. If you don’t feel like pedalling, the city is also powered by an efficient public bus system. Munster Central Station is just outside the old town, with Münster Osnabruck International and Dortmund serving as the closest airports.