Exploring the City of Münster

I am always thrilled at the idea that a fascinating city would be easy to reach. Luckily, Münster is very near Osnabrück. Hopping on a train to get there wouldn’t hurt. So I rode the train to Münster, and thirty minutes later, I’ve arrived.

Tell Me About Münster

Münster is one of the major cities of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city was founded in 793 AD, allegedly when Emperor Charlemagne sent his emissary Liudger to have the Saxons convert to Christianity.


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The name Münster comes from the Latin word “monasterium” or monastery because a monastery was built on the spot where the modern city now stands. Today, the city of Münster is known as the “bicycle capital of Germany”.

Walking Around Münster

Personally, when exploring cities, I go to the so-called Altstadt and roam around it. With Münster, you can reach the altstadt on foot from the central train station within ten minutes.

Münster Central Train Station
Münster Central Train Station

The Altstadt is a charming spot, and the shops are very close to one another. First, you’ll be at Middelberg bakery cafe, and then next thing you know, you’ll find yourself shopping at Lush. I did find myself at Lush after a short visit at the city museum.

Clemenskirche
Clemenskirche
A row of shops and a looming St Lambert's
A row of shops and a looming St Lambert’s

I kept walking further until I saw this beautiful church with a black-coloured spire. It’s name is St Lambert’s Church and I was so glad to meet it.

My first look at St Lambert's
My first look at St Lambert’s

The black colour of its tower has got me looking at it a few times. I have a strong attachment to the colour and I can never agree more that it’s strikingly beautiful. I went to the corner of the church only to find out that there’s something more charming than the first few meters of the old town that I have walked on.

Looking at Prinzipalmarkt for the first time
Looking at Prinzipalmarkt for the first time

Lo and behold, there was the Prinzipalmarkt. This area is similar to the Marktplatz in Osnabrück, only that the buildings were glimmering in the summer sun.

Other side of the Prinzipalmarkt
Other side of the Prinzipalmarkt

The Prinzipalmarkt really looked enchanting in the sun. I have seen a photo of the place at night and it was stunning! I’m hoping I could witness Prinzipalmarkt in the evenings. The whole stretch of the Prinzipalmarkt is dotted with shops selling luxury brands, bookshops, cafes, and specialty shops. Walking along and marvelling at the bourgeois buildings at the same time, I found myself completely in awe. Would you believe that this area was absolutely destroyed in World War II? In fact, it was and renovation went under way for some eleven years, keeping the buildings close to the original. Thank goodness for conservation efforts.

Facade of St Lambert's
Facade of St Lambert’s

I trained my eyes back to the beauty that was St Lambert’s. Mind you, this church isn’t the cathedral of the city. I wasn’t able to visit St Paul’s Cathedral because I was completely mesmerised by the very core of the old town.

As I observed, this spot has buildings with varying architectural designs, which makes the Prinzipalmarkt quite interesting to look at.

munster historic city hall
munster historic city hall

more interesting buildings
more interesting buildings
Stadthaus Münster
Stadthaus Münster

The photo above is the Stadthausturm Münster. This tower is the only surviving part of the former town hall. Miraculously, according to sources, Stadthausturm survived the war undamaged. Today, a daycare centre is located within its premises.

The church's spire saying “Hallo!”
The church’s spire saying “Hallo!”
Two round breads saying hi, as you do.
Two round breads saying hi, as you do.

And it was time for some snack before going home. I went back to the middle of the old town and stopped by a cafe called Coffee Fellows. I ordered a glass of iced chocolate and a pesto chicken sandwich. Both yummy, especially the drink which I really enjoyed.

Coffee Fellows' Iced Chocolate
Coffee Fellows’ Iced Chocolate
Pesto Chicken Sandwich by Coffee Fellows
Pesto Chicken Sandwich by Coffee Fellows

While on the train heading home, I remembered seeing three rectangular things hanging on the tower of St Lambert’s. As I was reading further, I found out that they were allegedly cages during the Middle Ages. According to some lore, three men were imprisoned in the cages after they were beaten to death. Their remains were left to rot in them for the public to see.

OK, enough with the details. That’s best left with history sleuths. Until next time, wherever my feet takes me!

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  1. Thank you for sharing your time in Münster 🙂 I was there for my Erasmus last semester and have been deeply in love with this city! Thanks for the beautiful pictures you posted here and they remind me of the good old days there 🙂

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