Münster, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, can easily be reached by plane, train or car.
By Air: The nearest airports are Münster-Osnabrück international airport (FMO) and Düsseldorf airport (DUS). Flights from either Frankfurt, Munich or Berlin take less than an hour.
By Train: Münster is well connected by train. You can also reach here by train from Frankfurt or Amsterdam Airport in about three to four hours.
Deutsche Bahn allows you to plan your route from door-to-door throughout Germany. Just click on http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en. A detailed travel plan including changeovers and a combination of train+bus+walk will be suggested depending on your search criteria.
More information: The official Münster tourism website has detailed information on how to get to Münster using other available modes of transportation like car and getting around locally by bus. Visit http://www.muenster.de/stadt/tourismus/en/arrival.html
Astonishing discoveries on every step of the way: who would suspect an of-the-moment locale behind medieval walls, or the world’s largest collection of Picasso graphics behind the façade of a Westphalian noble seat? Whereas Lamberti Church is home to one of Germany’s last watchmen, top researchers turn institutes and clinics into “beacons” of academic excellence. Gems of the Baroque art of construction stand here next to icons of classic architecture, and over 60 figures bear witness to the “sculpture projects” which transform Münster into the Mecca of the international art scene every ten years. A traditionally welcoming hospitality is here equally at home, as is an exciting club scene or stylish and hip hot spot in the new nightlife district, at the harbour.
It is this very exciting mix that makes Münster’s charm: the side-by-side and togetherness of a venerable past and cosmopolitan internationality.
Although European history was written in Münster with the Westphalian Peace Treaty in 1648, of which the Hall of Peace at the historic Town Hall testifies, the formation of the first Westphalian University in 1773, the nucleus of today’s educational and academic city – with around 50,000 students at eight universities – was just as important for its independent development.
The very reason why Münster is one of the “Historic Highlights of Germany” can be experienced at its centre – which is where the heart of the over 1200-year-old Hanseatic and shopping city beats: on Prinzipalmarkt, the gables of the merchants’ houses form a splendid silhouette, whereas under the archways, exquisite shops entice buyers to go for a spree. And just around the corner one can feel the youthfulness that permeates this place: At the weekly market, one of Europe’s most beautiful of its kind. In the shadow of the mighty Paulus Cathedral, a traditional Münsterland farmer sells his goods next to the organic producer, and the Dutch cheese maker or fishmonger stands next to the supplier of Italian delicacies.
In spite of this plethora of impressions – Münster always maintains a human measure, leaving space for leisure. In a few minutes on foot – and in “Germany’s Cycling Capital”, naturally also by bike – one can locate green sanctuaries: along the promenade, at the Schlossgarten, on Lake Aa where open steps and terraces provide the perfect setting for a view of the sailors and a touch of maritime flair; or a little further beyond, towards the Münsterland’s park landscape with its dreamlike moated castles.
Once back in the vivaciousness of the city, there is still ample opportunity to ponder: Which one of the 30 museums to visit? Maybe a city tour tracing the footsteps of the Anabaptists? And what about tonight – classic big-time opera or young dance avant-garde? Or rather the presentation at the historians? Or even extend one’s stay? Or simply come back very soon?
Information: Münster Marketing, Klemensstraße 10, 48143 Münster, Tel. +49 (0)251 / 492-2710 Fax +49 (0) 251 / 492-7743, firstname.lastname@example.org , www.tourismus.muenster.de