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.
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.
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.
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.