Just a 15-minute walk from the famous Prinzipalmarkt, the banks of the Aasee stretch out. The 2,300 m long lake is an indispensable local recreation area for the people of Münster, and a blue-green oasis in the cityscape of Münster for visitors. Its paths come alive with joggers, cyclists and inline skaters, and walkers who simply want to let the wind blow around their noses. In fine weather, countless sailing boats share the waters with almost as many pedal boats. Blankets are spread out on the green areas, people eat together, talk and laugh a lot - no one can escape the relaxed atmosphere on a beautiful summer evening. No wonder that the restaurants and cafés with "lake views" are also very popular.
Since 1977, the city has celebrated its world-famous sculpture projects every 10 years. This has also left traces around the Aasee that are worth seeing. The "Giant Pool Balls" by Claes Oldenburg is certainly the best known and most photographed sculpture around the lake. "Pador Pier", "Werwerka Pavilion" and "Without Words" are the names of some of the numerous other works of art in public spaces. Take time for a walk around the Aasee and let yourself be surprised by these unique works.
Münster's first zoo director Prof. Hermann Landois (1835 - 1905) was the first to come up with the idea of building a lake. In addition to beautifying the cityscape, flood protection was the main focus of the project. Construction finally began in 1914, but the project was interrupted for years by the First World War. It was not until 1934 that the "old Aasee" was completed. From 1972 to 1976, the water surface was doubled by the construction of the "new Aasee".