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Culture, leisure and sport in Münster

Münster has so much to offer! Whether culture, leisure or sport - there is so much to discover in the city. From the theatre, the Christmas market and the Asee to the alternative café and pub culture. There is also the large independent cultural scene or Gleis 22, one of the oldest and most active clubs for concerts by alternative bands.

Culture in Münster
  • Skulptur Projekte (every ten years, international art exhibition throughout the city)
  • LWL Museum of Art and Culture (varied, often international exhibitions)
  • Pablo Picasso Museum of Art
  • Museum of Lacquer Art
  • LWL Museum of Natural History with Planetarium (changing exhibitions and demonstrations)
  • several theatres: Münster Theatre with dance, drama and music sections, Wolfgang Borchert Theatre (at the harbour, drama), Theater im Pumpenhaus (drama and dance), GOP Varieté
  • independent theatre groups that also perform in unusual places such as pubs
  • Indie/alternative concerts at Gleis 22 (Hafenstraße)
  • small punk and alternative concerts in the Baracke (Aasee)
  • Docklands Festival (electronic music) and Vainstream Festival (rock music)
  • Concerts by the Münster Symphony Orchestra (regularly at the Münster Theatre)
  • Concerts by the Münster Student Orchestra, the chamber orchestra amici musici and other ensembles
  • Concerts by various choirs
  • concerts at the Hot Jazz Club
  • one large cinema (Cineplex) and two small art-house cinemas (Schloßtheater and Cinema/Kurbelkiste)
  • open-air cinema in summer ("Kampflimmern" at Hawerkamp, organised by Cinema)
  • Poetry slams in various (cultural) pubs

Leisure in Münster

Listen in! Podcast "So oder so" | The Port in Münster

"SO OR SO - your Münsterland". With this podcast from Germany's most beautiful region, you will experience a short acoustic excursion to the harbour in Münster. Let Münsterland reporter Dennis Burk take you there and learn more about the urban and Mediterranean life on the harbour promenade. Curious about the perfect destination? Take seven minutes and listen in:

Leisure and sports in Münster
  • Cycle tour through the Rieselfelder nature reserve
  • Cycle tour on the 100 Castles Route, the Peace Route or the Wers Cycle Path
  • Canoe tour on the Werse
  • Walking or running around the Aasee or on the promenade around the old town
  • Walking or running through the Botanical Gardens or one of the parks, for example Wienburgpark
  • Volksbank Marathon Münster (running competition in September)
  • Sparkassen-Münsterland-Giro (cycle race in July/August)
  • Swimming in six indoor and five outdoor pools (in various parts of the city; some with wellness areas and/or sauna)
  • Swimming in the Dortmund-Ems Canal (in summer)
  • Basketball, beach volleyball and bacon board on several public sports fields
  • Sailing or pedal boating on the Aasee lake
  • Rowing on the Aasee or the Dortmund-Ems Canal
  • Bouldering hall in the city area and climbing hall in Senden
  • riding and sports clubs in various parts of the city
  • various dance schools and dance groups
  • Inline skating tour "Skatenight" through the city centre (every fortnight in summer)
  • many different films in three cinemas
  • open-air cinema in summer ("Kampflimmern")
  • shows at the GOP Varieté
  • Excursion to the Allwetterzoo (with Westphalian Horse Museum)
  • Excursion to the LWL Museum of Natural History with planetarium
  • Hansemahl" picnic on Prinzipalmarkt (May)
  • Britnic" cultural picnic (June)
  • Polo picnic on the polo field in Münster-Handorf (July)
  • Celebrity waiters for a good cause at the Aasee (August)
  • Christmas market at various locations in the Old Town
  • Send" fair on Schlossplatz (spring, summer and autumn)
  • New Year's Eve run around Lake Aasee (3, 5 or 10 km)

Did you know?!

Preußen Münster is a club from Münster that plays in the regional league. The city's volleyball players - the first women's team of USC Münster - have been holding their own in the Bundesliga for years and are one of the most successful German volleyball teams.

Listen in! Podcast "So oder so" | The Türmerstube of the St. Lamberti Church in Münster

"SO OR SO - your Münsterland". With this podcast from Germany's most beautiful region, you can experience an acoustic excursion into the Türmerstube of St. Lambertikirche. Let Münsterland reporter Dennis Burk and Türmerin Martje Saljé take you along and learn more about Martje Saljé's special job. The Türmerin watches over Münster's rooftops every evening and blows the Türmerhorn. The public is not allowed to enter her Türmerstube. But for the "SO OR SO" podcast, the Türmerin of Münster has made an exception. Come along and learn more about this historic profession in 14 minutes:

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