Prinzipalmarkt („The parlor“) and Historic Town Hall
Prinzipalmarkt is a piece of Münster’s exciting history. It tells about the Middle Ages, the Hanse and the ancient merchant families, who sometimes still have their business here. The place with the characteristic gabled houses and the archways is the traditional economic and political center of Münster. There you can find the historic Town Hall with its Peace Hall (Friedenssaal). This Hall was scene of the Spanish-Dutch Peace, as a part of the Peace of Westphalia. Furthermore numerous exclusive stores and catering business have settled here.
St. Lambert’s Church
St. Lamberti’s Market and Town Church is located where the Roggenmarkt (rye market) and Alter Fischmarkt (old fish market) lead to the Prinzipalmarkt. The hall church, which was built between 1275 and 1450, owes its high profile neither to the unusual relief of the Root of Jesse cresting the main portal nor to the fact that Cardinal van Galen preached his bold sermons during the Nazi era here, but rather to the gruesome history behind the three cages up on the spire. That’s where the corpses of the three Baptist movement leaders were hung in the mid-16th century. St. Lamberti accommodates the “loftiest charge office” in Münster, the Türmerstube (chamber of the tower keeper). In 2014 on January the 1st a woman moved into the Turmstube for the first time. Every night from nine to twelve p.m. on the half-hour, expect Tuesdays, the copper bugle can be heard.
The Aasee is Münster’s most central local recreation area. It’s only a 15 minute walk from the Prinzipalmarkt and offers a whole range of interesting leisure activities. With its paths, the Aasee attracts promenaders, bicyclists, and inline skaters to the countryside. A boat rental, a sailing school, and two sailing clubs invite you to explore the lake from the water. The physical well-being of the trippers is catered by coffeehouses, restaurants, and hotels all around the lake.
The Port and the Creative Quay
The particular charm of the municipal port of Münster lies in the mixture of restructured warehouses and modern architecture. Creative thinkers have found their district here: advertising agencies, architectural offices, and publishing houses, such as Coppenrath Verlag with Felix the bunny have settled here. Those eager to breathe in some port air during the day are recommended to see the Münster Exhibition Hall. Afterwards, the view over the water can be enjoyed from one of the numerous coffeehouses or restaurants. In the evening the port attracts with its various opportunities by taking in a movie, going to the Wolfgang Borchert Theatre or enjoying the Hot Jazz Club. In good weather, the port is a big open air spectacle that lets you enjoy your long drink while lying in a deck chair under palm trees. And for all of you, who like to dance the night away, there are plenty of options around the municipal port.
Münster’s City Palace
The former residence of the prince-bishop with its rich figural ornamentation of the facades was constructed from 1767 to 1787 as a three-winged complex by Johann Conrad Schlaun. After the war, the exterior aspect was reconstructed true to the original. Today, the palace is used by the university administration. On the left side of the main building a small pass leads to the palace garden, with its admirable tree population. A more than 200-hundred-year-old botanical garden extends over the rear area of the palace garden.
The cathedral in its present state is essentially a creation of the 13th century. Of particular note is the astronomical clock, marvel of the late Middle Ages the calendar, which reaches into the year 2071. A few steps away from the clock is the sepulchral chapel of Clemens August Cardinal von Galen, the “Lion of Münster”. The great weekly market takes place in the shadow of the cathedral of Münster every Wednesday and Saturday forenoon. Visiting the market is a must for every citizen of Münster. You shouldn’t miss out on it either. You’ll find typical Westphalian products as well as delicacies from all over the world, and tradespeople who like to chat. Replenish your energy with hot fried fish or enjoy the colourful hustle and bustle whilst having a big cup of white coffee.