Though not as renowned as it’s eastern siblings, Münster in western Germany boasts heritage and culture, as well as fantastic eateries and stunning surrounding landscapes. Discover it now with a DFDS ferry crossing to the continent.
Why Visit Münster?
Münster’s eclectic blend of old and new, with historical architecture housing modern arcades, and natural scenery surrounding man-made lakes, is what makes it such a versatile city break.
Planted in the north western region of North-Rhine Westphalia, Münster has featured prevalently throughout the areas past, including serving as the meeting grounds for negotiations regarding the Thirty Years’ War in 1648, and was were the Treaty of Westphalia was signed.
The architecture in the city varies from medieval establishments of the ecclesiastics, to gabled merchant houses, to postmodern structures, meaning every time you turn a corner, you find something to surprise.
As the bicycle capital of Germany, Münster is a haven for professional and novice cyclists, alike, with countless cycle-friendly tracks throughout the city, as well as countless cycling routes in the nearby countryside.
Travelling by ferry to the continent means you can enjoy the freedom of a self-drive holiday, plus you don’t need to worry about luggage restrictions.
Our closest port to Münster is our Dutch port, meaning that when you travel on our Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry crossing, once you arrive you are just 3 hours from Münster. This crossing is ideal for those travelling from the north and Scotland.
You can also easily access Münster via our Dover to Dunkirk or Calais routes, which are just a 5 hour drive to central Münster.
We also have our Newhaven-Dieppe ferry crossing. This 4-hour crossing lands you in the heart of Normandy, just a 6½ hour drive from Münster.
What to See in Münster
The city’s cathedral, St Paulus Dom, has drawn international attention for its Gothic and Romanesque design, including two towers that date back to 1192. The pointed archways inside are of typical Gothic style. The 16th century astronomical clock is a particularly interesting feature, as are the sculptures you can find throughout the building, especially the life-sized creations of Jesus and the Apostles. If you’re around on a Wednesday or Saturday, make sure you check out the market, where you will find local artisanal ingredients, amongst a range of other items.
Prinzipalmarkt is the cultural hub of Münster, as locals and tourists take in the continental gabled buildings, venturing inside to explore boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants. The imposing Historical Town Hall resides in this famous square, with ornate pediments and gothic accents, and is well worth an explore.
Münster is also home to Germany’s only dedicated Picasso Museum. Housed in an 18th century building, the museum offers a vast collection of Picasso’s works, not to mention temporary exhibitions. The Wesphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural history is equally as interesting, with an extensive collection from an array of historical periods.
Aasee, an enormous manmade lake just on the outskirts of the city, is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. The lake is always busy with yachts, and the surrounding parks are fantastic for walking, or sitting back with a picnic. If you’d rather be waited upon, then head to any of the nearby restaurants.
Where to stay in Münster
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