Today we visited the city of Münster to see its old town, cathedral and palace.
Both of us were hoping that the weather would be better. The good news was the forecast was on our side. Yay!
The train journey from Bremen only took 1 hour 18 minutes but was full. Metallica were playing in Cologne and a few people appeared to be heading there. Or there were a lot of Metallica fans gathering on the train for no reason.
After dropping our bags at the hotel our first stop of the day was Stadtmuseum.
This museum is free to enter and tells the story of Münster’s history over the last 1,000 years.
Even though we couldn’t understand the interpretation, it was interesting to browse the artwork, models, armour and weapons on display.
On leaving the museum I realised just how many bikes there are in Münster. There are over half a million bikes here apparently, even though the population is just over 300,000.
Just down the street from the museum is the Erbdrostenhof.
The palace was built in the 18th century with three-wings and is of Baroque design. The interior has a number of painted frescoes that were damaged in World War 2 but were later restored.
When I win the lottery I may purchase this abode as my summer residence.
After a light lunch we made our way to St Lambertikirche. The church was built in the 15th century and has three iron cages dangling from its tower.
It turns out that three rebels were tortured, executed and their corpses displayed in these cages. It was part of a failed attempt to establish an Anabaptist settlement in Münster.
If Hayley continues to spend my hard-earned money, I may arrange for her to spend an hour in one of these cages. At her own expense of course.
Münster’s Rathaus is located in Prinzipalmarkt, one of the city’s main squares. While sipping a cold beer, I learned that this historic town hall was the location where the Thirty Years’ War ended in the seventeenth century.
We couldn’t exactly miss the cathedral of Münster. It is huge!
The cathedral was built in the 13th century before being refurbished in the last decade. Like in Prague, this massive cathedral is home to an astronomical clock.
The square that is home to the cathedral is huge too! Little bars and cafes are dotted around the edges.
Moving on to our next destination of Schloss, we noticed the number of students around us were increasing. That’s because Schloss is now owned by the local university.
This wasn’t always the case though, the palace was built as the residence of the duke-bishop of Münster in the 18th century. It is another example of Baroque architecture in Münster.
Evening meal at Little Buddha
Our hotel was located in quite a fashionable area of Münster. There were loads of different food options.
We opted for a place called Little Buddha which specialises in Nepalese cuisine. I chose a mixed starters of breads and vegetable bhajis. For main I had a Thali of Nepalese dishes. All vegetarian too and very tasty. Not that I’m vegetarian mind.
Münster was a great city to visit. I definitely recommend you spend a day exploring it like we did.
We are off to Osnabruck tomorrow and hope to have an amazing day there too.