The university city of Münster

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Bronze model of the inner city of Münster © Florian Adler

Bronze model of the inner city of Münster © Florian Adler

Münster is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. It is also capital of the local government region Münsterland. The city is best known as the location of the Anabaptist rebellion during the Protestant Reformation, as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years’ War in 1648, and as the bicycle capital of Germany.

Münster gained the status of a Großstadt (major city) with more than 100,000 inhabitants in 1915. Currently there are around 270,000 people living in the city, with about 48,500 students, only some of whom are recorded in the official population statistics as having their primary residence in Münster.

In 2003, Münster hosted the Central European Olympiad in Informatics. In 2004, Münster won an honorable distinction: the LivCom-Award for the most livable city in the world with a population between 200,000 and 750,000. Münster is famous and liked for its bicycle friendliness and for the student character of the city that is due to the influence of its university, the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster.

Aerial view © ChrisV Supreme Administrative Court Heeremanschen Hof © Stefan Brueggemann Sculpture with the names and distances of the twin cities © Florian Adler Prinzipal Market © Rüdiger Wölk-Münster Prinzipal Market at night © Christian Nawroth NRW.Bank © Florian Adler Max-Planck-Institut for molecular Biomedicine © NickKnatteron Historical Town Hall © Florian Adler City Tower © Rüdiger Wölk-Münster City Theatre © Rüdiger Wölk-Münster City Library © Rüdiger Wölk-Münster Bronze model of the Cathedral Square by Egbert Broerken © Florian Adler Aasee Panorama © Florian Adler St Paulus Cathedral © Marie-Luise Carl Münster Harbor with Creativity Quai © Rüdiger Wölk-Münster Münster Castle © Falense International Airport Münster Osnabrück © Karl-Wilhelm Häger Bronze model of the inner city of Münster © Florian Adler
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Sculpture with the names and distances of the twin cities © Florian Adler
A well known saying in Münster is “Entweder es regnet oder es läuten die Glocken. Und wenn beides zusammen fällt, dann ist Sonntag” (“Either it rains or the church bells ring. And if both occur at the same time, it’s Sunday.”), but in reality the rainfall with approximately 758 mm per year is close to the average rainfall in Germany.

The city is the “creative desk of Westphalia”. Greater Münster has many agencies that public authorities, consulting companies, insurance companies, banks, computer centres, publishing houses, advertising and design. The service sectors has created several thousand jobs. Retailers have approximately 1.9 billion euros turnover. The city still has traditional merchants’ townhouses as well as modern outlets.

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