Top things to do in Münster
The picturesque city of Münster is named after the region and located in the northern part of North Rhine-Westphalia. I have fond memories of visiting Münster when an old school friend of mine was studying law there. I know I’m not 19 years old anymore, but I still love going back to wander around this historical city with its charming houses and cobbled streets. Münster is known to offer a good quality of life for its residents as well as the many students who flock to the city every year to study.
Modern, trendy cafés and restaurants as well as small businesses and start-ups make Münster a vibrant and fascinating place. The beautiful market square (Prinzipalmarkt), with its gabled houses is the perfect place to capture the true essence of this beautiful city. Münster Cathedral is one of the most important landmarks in the Westphalian and the historical Town Hall was the place where the Peace of Westphalia was signed in 1648 to end the Thirty Years’ War.
In 2017, Münster celebrated 60 years of being twinned with the British city of York. Many friendships have developed between the people of both York and Münster over the years, with more connections being made every day. If you’re interested in joining this community, have a look at their Facebook page here.
Cycle your way around the region of Münster
Münster is known to be one of the most cycle-friendly cities in Germany. There’s no better way of getting to know the city and its surrounding area. Münster is well known for its routes like the ‘Hundred Castle’ cycle path, which takes you past many historical castles and abbeys along the way or the ‘Literature’ route, which traces the steps of the famous poet, Annette Droste-Hülshoff.
Another popular attraction to visit in Münster is the zoo (Allwetterzoo), which is located close to the beautiful Aasee Lake.
Various cultural events, theatres and museums – including the Pablo Picasso museum – make the city an exciting place to be.
Münster is easily reached by plane, flying to either Münster/Osnabrück or Dortmund (which is around an hour’s drive away). There’s a train that connects Dortmund with Münster and takes approximately an hour and twenty-five minutes.
If you’d like to explore the North of Germany, you could start your trip in Münster and then travel on to the wonderful city of Bremen or further up to the seaside city of Bremerhaven, with its fascinating maritime museums and options for sailing and boat trips. The area is also well-known for its attractive cycling routes along the River Weser and the North Sea coastline (e.g. EV12 North Sea Cycling Route).
Warendorf – famous for its equestrian sport
In 1826 the Prussian King Frederick William III established the North Rhine-Westphalia stud farm. Numerous institutions around the horse riding industry have gone on to settle in the area. For example, the national umbrella organisation for horse riders (FN) and the German Olympic committee for horse riding (DOKR), which trains future top-class horse riders. The Olympic and World champion, Hans Günter Winkler and the successful rider, Frank Ostholt often come back to the place.
The Stallion Parade (Hengstparade) is an equestrian event held annually in Warendorf. Over three hours, visitors can watch more than one hundred elegant stallions in an impressive choreographed presentation. The event attracts more than 10,000 visitors at the end of September every year. Find out about the upcoming Stallion Parade here.
Warendorf – the perfect place for a hack
Many horse riding enthusiasts come to Warendorf to discover the idyllic 190km horse riding tracks through the pristine meadows, forests and parks. There are many good places to stop and enjoy a drink or something to eat along the way. Most accommodation will welcome riders and their horses overnight before continuing on their journeys the next day. It’s also possible to book training sessions in the numerous riding schools located around Warendorf.
If you’d like to travel to the Münsterland region by plane, the closest airports are Dortmund (about 50minute drive), Düsseldorf (about 1.5hour drive), Hanover (about 2hours drive). From there you could continue your journey by train, coach or rent a car.