Leisure in Münster

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Münster is worth seeing

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Münster invites with sights for every taste. Münster has officially had the status of a major city since 1915, and in 2009 the city had about 275,000 inhabitants. With almost 50,000 students, Münster is one of the largest university cities in Germany.

In 799, Pope Leo III founded the diocese of Münster and the dioceses of Osnabrück, Minden and Paderborn during his meeting with Emperor Charlemagne. In 805, St. Ludger was consecrated as the first bishop of Münster in Cologne Cathedral.


Münster is known as a cycling city as well as for its historic Old Town. In 2004, the city won the LivCom Award as the most livable city in the world in its category.

Photo: City of Münster / Maren Kuiter

Historic city center - Münster

The historic city center

The historic city center is located about 5 km from the castle hotel and is very easy to reach, either by car or bus. The city with more than 1200 years of history has a high recreational value.

Particularly worth mentioning as the center of the city is St. Paul’s Cathedral, a building of the 13th century. Very interesting is especially the astronomical clock in the choir gallery, whose calendar goes up to the year 2071.

The historic old town, the Aasee, or the young Kreativkai – all this is so close together that you can easily discover the city on foot. For the real Münster feeling, however, hop on a bike.

Photo: Press Office Münster / MünsterView
Prinzipalmarkt Münster


Integrated into the historic city center with the beautiful arcades of the medieval Prinzipalmarkt, a unique, individual shopping world stretches out.

Elegant designer stores, fine jewelry stores, beautiful bookstores, sophisticated department and furniture stores, gift and antique stores line up here.

In between, you can enjoy the panorama in one of the many street cafés or in the typical Westphalian pubs. During your stroll you should not miss the weekly market, which is one of the most beautiful in Germany.
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Photo: Press Office Münster / MünsterView

City Hall in Münster

The city hall

The Peace Hall with City Wine House. Historically, world history has been written in this city. A good 350 years ago. In 1648, the representatives of the European royal houses negotiated the Peace of Westphalia, putting an end to the atrocities of the Thirty Years’ War.
Photo: Press Office Münster / Bernhard Fischer
Picasso Square Münster

Picasso in Münster

The Pablo Picasso Graphic Museum in Münster, which opened in the fall of 2000, is the first Picasso museum in Germany. With its more than 780 lithographs by Picasso, it houses a collection that is unique in the world in its unity.

Photo: Press Office Münster / MünsterView

All Weather Zoo Münster

All-weather Zoo

In the all-weather zoo you can experience the animals up close in any weather. In addition, the new horse museum “The Hippomax” and the dolphinarium are offered. Right next door are the Natural History Museum with planetarium and the Mühlenhof, a reconstruction of a farmstead with museum and the centerpiece, the old Bockwindmühle, which was all built around 1960 by a citizens’ initiative.
Photo: Press Office Münster / Angelika Klauser
Wochenmarkt in Münster

Weekly market

With around 150 stalls, the weekly market on Domplatz is the largest in Münster. A lavish offer attracts streams of visitors to the city center on Wednesdays and especially on Saturdays. Fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, spices, oil and antipasti, countless cheeses, honey, bread and cakes, meat and sausage, game and poultry and – especially in late summer – a veritable sea of flowers.


One card for everything and everything is in

Experience Münster’s top sights with a map.
Your benefits: One card for everything, free admission to Münster’s top museums and attractions, free guided city tours, free use of public transport, free bike rental.


Prices of the Münstercard from 01.03.2022:


1 calendar day:
Adults € 25,00 / Children € 15,00

2 calendar days: Adults € 39,00 / Children € 19,00


More information here. You can get the Münstercard at the reception.

Relaxation & Sport

Wide range of possibilities

Photo: Press Office Münster / MünsterView

Cycling in Münsterland

Plateau Tours | Cycling

Münster has one of the best developed cycling networks in Germany. Enjoy a ride along Münster’s promenade, a 4.5 km long avenue around the city, Münster’s former fortress rampart. Or you can cycle from one moated castle to the next along the many signposted paths.
Photo: Press Office Münster / Angelika Klauser
Aasee in Münster

Water features

Pedal boating or a sailing trip on the Aasee lake

Münster’s most central recreational area is the Aasee. It is only a 15-minute walk from Prinzipalmarkt and offers a number of interesting leisure activities. A boat rental, a sailing school and two sailing clubs invite you to explore the lake from the water. The picturesque paths also entice you to take beautiful walks in the greenery.

Golfing in Münsterland

Golfing in MÜnsterland

An 18-hole golf course is located directly behind the castle and blends harmoniously into a largely flat, park-like terrain. Guests who have an appropriate DGV requirement have the opportunity to engage in sporting activities here. When designing the square, emphasis was placed on the special features of the Münsterland landscape, such as rampart hedges, lakes and streams.


As a hotel guest you will receive a green fee discount.
The arrangement of tee times and payments are made directly at the secretary’s office of the golf club
by phone: +49 (0)251 214 090
Secretariat and clubhouse of the golf course are independent from the hotel.

Further cooperations including green fee reduction exist with the golf clubs:

Castles & Palaces

the treasures of the Münsterland

Photo: Press Office Münster / Bernhard Fischer

Hülshoff Castle

The Droste Museum Hülshoff Castle

The poet Annette von Droste Hülshoff was born here in 1797 and spent almost three decades of her life on this estate until moving to Rüschhaus. The two-winged manor house from 1545 with a neo-Gothic chapel annex stands in the middle of the water. Well-kept parks extend all around and invite you to take a walk.

Photo: Press Office Münster

Rüschhaus Münster

The Museum Haus Rüschhaus

The country house built by J. C. Schlaun for himself and his family, which became famous as the residence of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, combines the characteristics of the Westphalian farmhouse with the elegant forms of representative, stately architecture. The equipment of the 18. and 19th century was preserved for the most part, the baroque garden was recently restored according to old plans.
(Closed on Mondays)
Foto: sw3d | Digital Design
Nordkirchen Castle

Nordkirchen Castle

Nordkirchen Castle is a baroque castle complex in southern Münsterland, a good 25 kilometers south of Münster. It is located on the territory of the municipality of Nordkirchen in the district of Coesfeld in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Foto: sw3d | Digital Design
Vischering Castle

Vischering Castle

Vischering Castle is a Münsterland moated castle on the northern edge of the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Lüdinghausen. Despite an almost complete rebuilding in the 16th century, the castle has largely preserved its fortified character.
Photo: Münsterland e.V.
Cycling in Münsterland

The 100 Castles Route

To the treasures in the Münsterland

Away from the busy roads, the 100 Castles Route leads through the green parkland of Münsterland. Meadows, pastures and hedgerows determine the picture of this rather flat landscape. In the middle of it all lie the true treasures of Münsterland: Palaces and castles with their imposing palace gardens and parks bear witness to former stately times.