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Münster Castle

Münster Castle

Münster Castle is of course a must-see when visiting Münster . It is a very good starting point for a stroll through the streets of the city. There are numerous sights in the immediate vicinity that you should plan some time to visit.

From prince-bishop residence to university

Münster Castle was the prince-bishop's residence until 1803. The architect Johann Conrad Schlaun built the Baroque structure for Münster's penultimate prince-bishop, Maximilian Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels.
The 91-metre-long three-wing complex with a five-aisle central risalit is elegantly designed using red brick and light-coloured sandstone. In 1945, the castle was completely bombed. Between 1947 and 1953, it was rebuilt according to old plans, at least in its outer appearance.

A castle becomes a knowledge centre

Today it is the seat of the administration of the University of Münster. The Institute of Botany of the Department of Biology of the University of Münster, which was built at the end of the 19th century, is located in the castle garden. At the same time, the institute's botanical garden is located there, which invites visitors to public tours on an irregular basis.

The city's attitude to life is clearly shaped by the university. The countless students populate the city's beer gardens and squares, especially in good weather. The bicycle as the main means of transport is of course particularly suited to this relaxed lifestyle. The Schlossplatz is a popular venue for events. The "Tournament of Winners" or the "Send", Münster's big folk festival, have their home here.

Listening Journey | Münster Castle

Münster Castle has lots of exciting stories in store for you. Join Dr. Eckhard Kluth, curator of the EMU, on a journey through time from the laying of the foundation stone to the current use of the palace and the famous palace garden.

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  • 100 Castles Route
  • Park at the house
  • Admission free / free of charge

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4 Tips for Münster Castle

  • Only a few metres away is the Aasee with its green spaces and beautiful lakeside paths. On a walk around the lake, look out for the numerous sculptures.
  • The"Kleine Kiepenkerl" is an institution in Münster. This is not only due to the traditional Westphalian cuisine, but also to the historic interior.
  • The "Promenade", Münster's cycle path around the old town, passes directly by the castle and offers connections to many interesting cycle routes in and around Münster.
  • You can easily reach the LWL Museum of Art and Culture on foot. Since its opening, the museum has been one of the city's cultural highlights.

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Summer night cinema at Münster Castle Summer night cinema at Münster Castle
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We tested the summer night cinema at the castle for you

Films under the open sky: Every summer the Schlossplatz in Münster becomes a cinema for a few weeks. But is this special cinema experience worth it? Our colleague Kerstin Clev tells you in her blog post. On the MünsterlandBlog she tells you about her visit to the summer night cinema at Münster Castle.

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