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Munster Tourist Attractions, Germany

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Münster, situated on the river Aa and on the Dortmund-Ems Canal, is the geographical and economic center of the Münsterland, the see of a Roman Catholic archbishop and a university town. It is a city of churches, of aristocratic mansions and handsome old burghers' houses. The old town is now surrounded by a ring of gardens on the line of the old fortifications.

Town Hall

In the Prinzipalmarkt of Münster, surrounded by arcades and gabled houses, is the Gothic Town Hall (Rathaus; 14th c., rebuilt), with the fine Peace Chamber (Friedessaal), in which the peace treaty between Spain and the Netherlands at the end of the Thirty Years War was signed in 1648. Next to it is the Stadtweinhaus, a gabled building of the Late Renaissance.
Address: Principalmarkt, D-48143 Munster, Germany

St Lambert's Church

At the north end of the Prinzipalmarkt in Münster stands the magnificent St Lambert's Church (Lambertikirche; 14th-15th c.). On the west tower are the three iron cages in which the bodies of the Anabaptists Johann von Leyden, Knipperdollinck and Krechting were displayed in 1536.
To the northeast is the Krameramtshaus of 1588, now the Municipal Library.

Erbdrostenhof

At Salzstrasse 38 in Münster can be found the Erbdrostenhof, an aristocratic mansion built by the great Westphalian architect Johann Conrad Schlaun in 1754 (restored 1953-70. Beyond it is the Baroque St Clement's Church, also by Schlaun (restored).

Cathedral

To the west of Münster's Prinzipalmarkt, in the spacious Domplatz, is the Cathedral (Dom) of St Paul, the largest church in Westphalia. Built between 1225 and 1265, it is in a style transitional between Romanesque and Gothic. On the south side, in the porch ("Paradies") of the west transept, are 13th C. figures of apostles and saints. Notable features of the interior, which is of impressive spatial effect, are the numerous tombs of bishops and canons (including Cardinal von Galen, d. 1946) and an astronomical clock (1540) on the wall of the choir. The chapterhouse has fine paneling. In the Domkammer are displayed a variety of objects from the diocese's thousand years of history.
Address: Domplatz 28, D-48143 Münster, Germany

Treasure of the Cathedral

The Treasure of the Cathedral in Münster portrays the architectural and artistic history of the cathedral. It contains the Processional cross and the retable of St. John, which date back from 1520.
Address: Domplatz 28, D-48143 Münster, Germany

Landesmuseum

On the south side of the Domplatz in Münster stands the Westphalian Landesmuseum of Art and Culture (medieval sculpture, pictures by German Impressionists, superb collection of stained glass). Adjoining this on the south, in the street called Rothenburg, is the Landesmuseum of Archaeology. On the west side of the Domplatz is the Bishop's Palace (Bischöfliches Palais).
Northwest of the Domplatz is the Gothic Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) or Überwasserkirche (1340-46), with a richly articulated tower.

Schloss

On the west side of the old town of Münster is the Schloss, the palace of the Prince-Bishops (by J. C. Schlaun, 1767-73; restored after destruction during the Second World War), which now houses the University of Westphalia. Beyond it lies the Schlossgarten, with the Botanic Garden.

Aasee

To the southwest of the old town of Münster lies the Aasee (40 hectares/100 acres), Münster's water sports paradise (water-bus, sailing school, boat hire).

Mühlenhof All-Weather Zoo

West of the Aasee, on the Sentruper Höhe in Münster, are the Mühlenhof Open-Air Museum and the All-Weather Zoo, opened in 1974 (over 2,000 animals of 470 different species; dolphin show). Adjoining is the Westphalian Natural History Museum (Planetarium).
Address: Sentruperstrasse 315, D-48161 Münster, Germany

Surroundings

Rüschhaus

7km/4.5mi northwest of Münster is the Rüschhaus, a mansion built by J. C. Schlaun in 1745-49 as a summer residence, later occupied by the Westphalian poetess Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (museum).

Haus Hülshoff

3km/2m southwest of Münster's Rüschhaus is Haus Hülshoff, a charming 16th C. moated castle in which Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was born in 1797 (museum).

Burg Vischering, Ludinghausen, Germany

Moat around castle Burg Vischering.
At Lüdinghausen, 28km/17mi southwest of Münster, stands the 16th C. moated castle of Vischering. Southeast of this is another moated house, Schloss Nordkirchen, a large Baroque building (early 18th c.) which is styled in "Westphalian Versailles."

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