Why you should visit Münster!

Because it simply has so much to offer: as a university town and a Hanseatic City, as the bicycle capital of Germany, as home to the Peace of Westphalia and as one of the member cities of the “Historic Highlights of Germany“.

Not only that, but Münster has also been awarded the title of “The World’s Most Liveable City“. In 2004, it was the first German city to take first place at the International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom-Awards), organized by UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, and IFPRA, the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration.

But that is not the only award that Münster has won.

Münster has also been the recipient of a number of other awards. It has been bestowed the title of “Germany’s cycling capital” for many years in addition to placing in the top three in recent years in polls regarding sustainability, prosperity and “feel-good” factor. In 2012 Münster received gold at the European Energy Awards – to name but a few examples.

Münster is a young and modern city with 280.000 inhabitants, including some 55.000 students, an innovative and strong economic location, a city of science and Savoir Vivre. Still, it has remained faithful to its tradition. A hospitable, cosmopolitan city, Münster has much to offer from history and culture to atmosphere, scenery and culinary delicacies.


City Centre

When you arrive in the centre of Münster you will see cobblestones paving the Old Town, cyclists as far as the eye can see, a diverse marriage of outstanding art and architecture from different eras, with green aplenty a-plenty in between – without a doubt, Münster has charm in spades. Living and working, studying and celebrating all go hand in hand here. And for more than seven million tourists annually, Münster is a rewarding destination.

The historic inner city provides an opportunity to discover Münster’s heritage. The Town Hall, St. Lamberti church, and the Prinzipalmarkt inner-city square tell a tale or two of the days of the medieval Hanse, the Täufer-Reich – the realm of the Anabaptists, and the Peace of Westphalia. Additionally, the baroque Erbdrostenhof, the Schloss, St. Paulus cathedral and the other architectural monuments are worth taking a closer look.


Münster’s historic Old Town is waiting to be explored and the best thing is that sightseeing and cultural voyaging can be combined here with an extensive shopping trip. In Germany, Prinzipalmarkt is among the premier destinations for shopping afficionados. Exceptional jewellery and major designer labels can be found here. The pedestrian precinct and the adjacent roads with their fashion boutiques and antique dealers, curious little shops, and sophisticated department stores are irresistibly tempting.

Münster’s lifestyle also includes ending a stroll through the city at one of the many cafés or restaurants. As long as possible, people take pleasure in sitting outside, enjoying a glass of wine or Pinkus beer, taking in the view of the cathedral, the Town Hall, or the Erbdrostenhof.


Art and Culture

A variety of delights to suit any taste are provided by Münster’s artistic and cultural offerings – from establishments that are open daily to annually recurring events and unique special occasions.

In the city of education and science, a trip to one of the 31 museums is simply a must: whether the Museum of the City
or Westphalian State Museum for Art and Cultural History, the Hippomaxx Horse Museum or the Museum for Lacquer Art. It goes without saying that a visit to the Museum of Pablo Picasso Graphics is not to be left out. This is where the unique collection of lithographic works and regularly staged special exhibitions attract art enthusiasts to the city.

Also of international reputation is Münster’s exhibition of sculptures, one of the most important German displays of contemporary plastic arts. Since 1977, the exhibition has been staged every ten years. It showcases the works of internationally renowned artists who – and this makes it such an attraction – created them especially for certain locations in Münster. A number of exhibits remain lastingly in Münster, changing the city into a large park of sculptures.

Almost 20 theatres and cabaret ensembles, in excess of 20 cinemas and a number of galleries set the stage for stimulating entertainment on an everyday level. The Wagner productions by Städtische Bühnen, a stage catering to the four categories of drama, music, dance and children’s theatre, has won nationwide recognition. Famous names, from Coldplay to the Vienna Philharmonics fire an audience of up to 12.000 at Halle Münsterland. With acrobatics, clowning and live music the Roland Theatre has been magically capturing its audience for some years now. A vivid free theatre and music scene enriches Münster’s cultural programme.

Whatever people may say about Münster and the Westphalians: We here in Münster take any reason to celebrate. Popular large-scale events such as the Send fun fair and the Eurocityfest and even specials such as the International Kite Festival, or the renowned JazzFestival attract thousands of visitors time and time again.

Guests come to Westphalia’s metropolis from the Münsterland, the whole of Germany and abroad. After all, Münster has much to offer – considering the plethora of art and culture of international standing, paired with the enticing historic inner city and a heritage of major significance to Europe.



Münster is an attractive city amidst Münsterland’s charming park scenery. So why not simply extend your stay after an exhausting congress and treat yourself to an uplifting weekend? Or arrive ahead of the Congress, and spend a few wonderful days in Münster?

A versatile leisure programme is assured when visiting Münster. After a trip through its shops and history and enjoying the delights of art and culture, Münster’s restaurants extend their warm welcome: traditional pubs in the Kuhviertel, the so-called cow district, the new promenade by the Kreativkai near Halle Münsterland, old established inns and en vogue night clubs promise fun in the city, no matter whether day or night.

Even those keen on nature and sports get their money’s worth in Münster. In the middle of the city the promenade, the Aasee lake, and the Canal are ideal for jogging, cycling or skating. The most wonderful cycling tours tend to start in the city centre and take you far out into the green Münsterland. Friends of water sports can rent a canoe and drift on the idyllic river Werse, or sail around Aasee.

Münster’s leisure offerings are a genuine added value for any event. After all, these very endless possibilities are the reason why a Congress easily turns into a week’s stay, and why people enjoy coming back time and time again.


Cycling around Münsterland

An absolute must when visiting Münster is a bicycle tour of the delightful surroundings. Made-to-measure cycling paths stretching for more than 4.000 kilometres show the best of what the Münsterland has to offer. And in between the meadows and fields, farms and forests one is bound to encounter one of the many moated castles.

The Münsterland easily captivates visitors with a number of picturesque moated castles and palaces. Schloss Nordkirchen, also known as the “Versailles of Westphalia” with its famous gardens, Burg Hülshoff, the place of birth of the great poetess Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, or even Schloss Westerwinkel and Burg Vischering welcome you to enjoy a relaxing journey into the past.

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If you wish to rent a bicycle during the Congress, you can find all the information required here.

Information regarding sightseeing and dining in Münster can be found here.

More information about the beautiful city of Münster can be found here.