Being the "Peace of Westphalia", the city of Munster is one of the most beautiful German cities. The land of humanitarians like Hegel, Goethe and Schlegel, has its true representation through the cultural diversity of this city.
Bringing an end to the Thirty Years War in 1648, this where the Treaty of Westphalia was signed, hence denominating the region with its present name.
Known as the "Peace of Westphalia", the city is rich in cultural diversity. The bustling lifestyle portrays a co-relation between the ancient historical tradition as well as the modern trend. When there are museums and palaces on the one hand, the city oozes of modernity in its glass buildings on the other. The cultural ambiance is balanced and harmonious with museums, parks,theaters, palaces and castles. Presently, Munster houses some of the excellent universities and industrial sectors. It is also known as the "bike capital" of Germany.
Places of InterestA visit to the city would immediately draw the attention to the historic old quarters of Münster.
Some of the places of interest are:
The Prinzipalmarkt square, once was the home to the affluent merchants in the heart of the city. What is worth seeing is the architecture of the arching walkways and the gabled fronts. Although destroyed during the second world war, the region was resurrected to provide a cultural ambience to the city.
Erbdrostenhof Palace, built between 1745 and 1753, displays the grandeur of the baroque facades and beautiful gateways. Designed by the master architect Johann Conrad Schlaun, this palace is the repository of the history and the culture of the country.
Kiepenkerl quarter, first of it kinds to be named after some ancient occupational activity, this quarter of the city is dedicated to the traditional salesman called the Kiepenkerle, who travelled the areas surrounding the city to bring goods in a basket called the Kiepen. These goods were then sold in the market.
Museums in MunsterA host of 35 museums, the city of Munster is truly the cultural hub of Germany.
Some of the most important museums are:
Leprosy Museum, is dedicated to one of the most common and horrifying diseases in Africa, Asia and Latin America, this museum houses informations on the disease and its prevention.
Museum of Lacquer Art is dedicated to one of the most important ancient art forms called the lacquer art. Tracing the history of this art form, the museum houses art forms from China to Japan to the European form of the art.
Bible Museum houses the tell-tale of the sacred manuscript. It even houses the hand-written manuscript of the holy book to the modern day publication.