ABOUT MÜNSTER

ABOUT MÜNSTER 2017-09-14T14:39:41+00:00

WELCOME TO MÜNSTER

Münster, a cosmopolitan university city, steeped in history dating back over a thousand years, with an important role in science, arts and culture within the region and beyond. The city earned its place in the records of world history when the Treaty of Westphalia was signed here ending the Thirty Years War, one of the deadliest religious European wars. Although Münster will forever be associated with this event, this modern city is now a bustling hub which is evident from the popularity of the bicycle. As many as 100,000 people cycle in the city daily. To truly explore this incredible city you should hop on your bike! And as a quick tip, the humble bicycle is often referred to as a Leeze here.

MÜNSTER’S TOP ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Old Town

  • The Port

  • Palaces and Churches

  • Münster fair

The University of Münster was founded in 1780 after the convent of lay sisters was dissolved and the funds used to found the University. With a total of 44,000 students, the University of Münster is one of the largest universities in Germany. Thanks to its extensive range of degree programmes, multifaceted research profile, and the atmosphere and quality of life in Münster, the University attracts students and researchers from Germany and around the world.

HISTORICAL CITY HALL OF MÜNSTER

Münster´s landmark is the historical city hall known locally as “Rathaus”. A Gothic building characterised by its high gable dating from the mid-14th century. After being destroyed in WWII it was rebuilt as a near-replica of the original. The most important room in the Rathaus is the Hall of Peace known as Friedenssaal, where the infamous Treaty of Westphalia was signed bringing an end to the Thirty Year War. The European Commission has honoured the historical Town Hall of Münster in 2015 with the European Heritage Label for being “site of the Westphalian Peace” – landmark of European history!  Apart from ending the Thirty Years War through negotiations in the historic Town Halls of Münster and Osnabrück (1648), the historical importance of the treaty is considered the beginning of the international system of laws.