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Holidays in Münsterland – a long weekend including highlights and tips

Fancy a holiday in Münsterland? This region is located in the northern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, stretching from the upper Ruhr area to Lower Saxony. More than 100 palaces and castles, churches and monasteries, towns and villages worth seeing, wide and flat landscapes, lush gardens and parks and a network of cycle paths stretching for hundreds of kilometres await you in Münsterland. That’s perfect for a long weekend. Continue reading this post on the Escort Service Website.

Today we would like to introduce you to our journey through Münsterland, which we experienced similarly and can only recommend to you. We explored the magical and livable city of Münster with its many sights and highlights. Then we went out into nature on the bikes on the 100 castle route, which led us to Burg Hülshoff and Haus Rüschhaus, among other places. Enjoy our new blog recommended by our escort girls!

Day 1: Welcome to Münsterland!

Arrival in Munster & check-in

Arrived! After a relaxed train ride from Rostock, we reached the beautiful city of Münster in the early afternoon. In general, you can travel wonderfully by train since Münster is excellently connected to the train network. The central train station, with its IC, EC and ICE connections, connects Münster with the major cities of Germany and Europe. From Hamburg, Bremen, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Nuremberg or Berlin you can reach the town several times a day without changing trains.

We stayed at the H4 Hotel, which is only a few minutes from the central train station and is located right at the beginning of the old town. The main downtown location was just perfect for our exploration tour! A large double room with a comfortable bed, coffee and tea station, seating area, TV, WiFi, desk, minibar and safe awaited us. In addition, our room had a modern bathroom with a shower, towels and toiletries. In the morning, we could strengthen ourselves for the day at the delicious breakfast buffet and enjoy the first rays of sunshine on the terrace.

First walk through Münster

After we moved into our room and freshened up, we went straight to the old town of Münster. Here we wanted to get an initial overview and see what Münster offers. Although Münster has around 315,000 inhabitants, it is a reasonably manageable city despite its size. We felt the unique vibe of the student and bicycle city relatively quickly and were excited for the next two days. For the time being, we just let ourselves drift.

The old town enchanted us directly with the many beautiful gabled houses, squares, churches and historic buildings. We strolled through the Prinzipalmarkt, which has existed since the Middle Ages. Numerous shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafés are lined up here. On the way, we could discover some Münster sights, such as the historic town hall with the Hall of Peace, the Münster Cathedral or the St. Lamberti Church.

Discover cool shops

Since we had our sightseeing tour planned for the next day, we just browsed through some excellent shops on the first day. We recommend the newly opened shop “Dille & Kamille” with its many pretty household goods and plants. Be sure to drop by the “Cheese & More by Henri Willig Münster”. Here you can try all types of cheese from Holland, and of course, you can also take one or the other cheese home with you. The shop “your creative shelf” is diverse, with unique gift ideas and handmade one-offs.

At “One Day in Copenhagen”, you get a lot of pretty Scandinavian home accessories. Look at “Kauf Dich Glück” and browse through fashion, home accessories, gifts and cosmetics from the many sustainable labels. If you like to play board games, you should stop by the well-stocked specialist shop “Spielekultur”. You can find cool clothes of good quality at “BACKYARD – Münster”. The shop “Grün & Form” was also recommended to us, but unfortunately, we didn’t make it to it in time.

Delicious dinner at Isegrim

We ended the evening in the stylish restaurant “Isegrim”. There are not only burgers, cocktails and drinks here but also super delicious bowls, which you can put together yourself. Marco and I ordered the bowl with falafel and salad for €10.90 each. We were then able to choose five toppings, two sauces and two crunch toppings from several lists. In addition, we ordered a portion of sweet potato fries and wild berry iced tea. Absolute recommendation, 10/10 points!

Day 2: Explore sights in Munster

Explore the old town on foot

After a small but delicious breakfast, our discovery tour through Münster got underway. We strolled through the old town, just let ourselves drift and took a closer look at some famous sights in Münster. From the hotel, we started in the direction of the Erbdrostenhof (Münster’s most beautiful noble court) and the pretty little Clemenskirche. We went to the Prinzipalmarkt and the Kiepenkerl monument at the Spiekerhof. We followed Rosenstraße and reached the Kuhviertel with its many pubs (Kreuzstraße & Jüdefelderstraße) just outside the city centre.

The old town is also home to the LWL Museum for Art and Culture, the Pablo Picasso Art Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the City Museum and the Bible Museum. Not far from the Pablo Picasso Museum, you can discover the world clock with carillon on the house facade at Rothenburg 13. You can hear the carillon daily at 12, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. The great thing about the old town of Münster is that you can reach everything on foot. So you don’t need an exact route because you can let yourself drift wonderfully.

Historic Town Hall & Hall of Peace

The historic town hall is located directly on the Prinzipalmarkt in the old town of Münster, which is already worth seeing from the outside. But be sure to look inside because that’s where the Hall of Peace is. The Peace of Westphalia was signed here in 1648, heralding the end of the Thirty Years’ War. Admission is only €2 for adults but is free with the MünsterCard.

• Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
• Admission: 2€ for adults, concessions only 1€
• With the MünsterCard: Admission free
• Address: Prinzipalmarkt 10, in the historic town hall

St. Paul’s Cathedral & other churches

In the heart of the old town of Münster is the St. Paul’s Cathedral with the large Domplatz. Even from a distance, you can see the towers of the Roman Catholic Church, which are more than 55 meters high. Be sure to look inside (free) and see the organ, the old choir, the nave and the many figures and statues. Incidentally, the famous weekly market takes place here on the Domplatz every Wednesday and Saturday (7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.).

But there is still more to discover in Münster, such as the imposing St. Lamberti Church. Every day (except Tuesdays), a tower keeper blows a horn every half hour from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tower watchers used to act as guards and watched the area from the tower. The Liebfrauen Überwasserkirche, the Dominican Church and the St. Petri Church are also well worth seeing.

View over Münster from Café 1648

Of course, we also planned time for breaks. In the tourist information, you can enjoy a fantastic 360° panoramic view of Münster over coffee and cake in Café 1648. Of course, we didn’t miss it and took the elevator to the 11th floor. Here you can eat something in the restaurant or relax in the café on the 12th floor. The café is open daily (except Sundays) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Roestbar coffee houses are also recommended.

Castle & Botanical Garden

A highlight in Münster was our visit to the university’s botanical garden. Here you will find 12 themed gardens, more than 8,000 plants and six accessible greenhouses. We walked through the gardens and enjoyed the peace to the fullest. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city, you’ve come to the right place. Entry is free. The botanical garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is directly behind the castle where the University of Münster is based.

Biking on the promenade

Münster is a bicycle city, and you can feel that on every corner. The bicycle (also called Leaze) is the most commonly used means of transport in Münster. There are said to be more than 400,000 bicycles for the approx. 315,000 inhabitants. Crazy, right? We borrowed two bikes free of charge with our Münstercard (Radstation Stubengasse) and explored the area a bit.

What’s cool about Münster is that a 4.5 km long bicycle street (also for pedestrians) leads around the old town. The so-called “Promenade” is the highway for cyclists. So we always got from A to B super fast and didn’t have to go through the “traffic jungle” in the city centre.

Detour to the Natural History Museum

We were impressed by the natural history museum in Münster, which we could easily reach by bike after a 15-minute ride. As holders of the MünsterCard, entry was free for us. The natural history museum shows various exhibitions on the forest, climate, biodiversity, dinosaurs and space on an area of 4,200 square meters. We looked at the multiple displays with interest and were impressed by the excellent quality of the exhibits because the many animals seemed so natural!

Unfortunately, the planetarium was closed due to construction work. There, different shows are always on a 360-degree full-dome screen, which is certainly well worth seeing. Nevertheless, our visit was an absolute highlight, even without the planetarium. We recommend a bike tour to the Natural History Museum if you have enough time. Then you can visit the open-air museum on the way back (or there) or take a break at Lake Aasee.

Relaxing at the Aasee

We cycled back from the Natural History Museum towards the city centre. On the way back, however, we took a break at the Aasee, the central local recreation area in Münster. There are cafes, restaurants and hotels around the lake, a sailing school and two sailing clubs. You will also find numerous sculptures by internationally renowned artists around Lake Aasee (e.g. giant pool balls, water sculptures or whirlpool). We got something to eat at the snack stand and sat down on the Aasee terraces with a view of the water.

Sunset at the city port

From Lake Aasee, we continued on our bikes to the city harbour of Münster. The former goods transhipment point has developed into a creative quay with office buildings, galleries, restaurants, trendy clubs and lots of art in recent years. We wanted to look at the more than 30 artists’ studios in the Kunsthalle, but the doors were already closed. We made ourselves comfortable by the water, watched the hustle and bustle and let the evening end there relaxed. We later satisfFancy a holiday in Münsterland? This region is located in the northern part of North Rhine-Westphaliaied our hunger with a delicious pizza at Pizzaiolo on Neubrückenstrasse.

Day 3: On the way on the 100 castles route

The Münsterland is lovely to explore by bike, as there are more than 4,500 kilometres of cycle paths and 200 cycle tours as well as countless pretty towns, historic palaces and castles, picturesque rivers, pristine landscapes and much more. We were on the 100 Castles Route, which connects over 100 courts, castles, mansions and manor houses over almost 1000 kilometres. Here is an overview.

Ruschhaus house

We started our journey through history in Münster at the bike station at the central station. We cycled along the promenade in the direction of the castle (headquarters of the University of Münster). From there, the path led us further through the northwest of the city before we reached the Rüschhaus after about 7.5 km. The author Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, who is one of the most important German poets, lived here from 1826 to 1846.

Together with her mother and sister, she moved into the three small rooms on the mezzanine floor of the elegant country house and wrote, among other things, the work “Die Judenbuche”. You can take a look at the interior as part of a guided tour (€5 per person | free with the MünsterCard). The pretty baroque garden is freely accessible and can be explored without a guide. By the way: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff adorned our 20-mark note for many years.

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