Münster without bicycles? Unthinkable! Over 100,000 citizens use the "Leeze" - the translation of the word "bicycle" in Münster dialect - on a daily basis in order to get to work, school, sport or lectures or to discover the city. Münster is home to an estimated 500,000 bicycles. This means that, from a statistical perspective, each inhabitant owns almost two bicycles.
Cyclists have access to an extremely well developed, 450 kilometre network of cycle paths designed for bicycle traffic, in addition to 255 kilometres of cycle paths located off the main roads on access routes. There are even special bicycle roads, on which the "Leezen" set the pace and take precedence over cars. The infrastructure is rounded off by a selection of bicycle parks, rental points and a dense dealer network.
It’s no wonder that Münster has been voted "Germany's most bicycle-friendly city” several times, both by the ADAC (German Automobile Association) and the ADFC (German Cyclists’ Federation). Germany’s leading consumer safety group, the ”Stiftung Warentest”, came to the same conclusion.
However, caution is required: this popular means of transport is a favourite target for thieves. On average, more bicycles are stolen in Münster than in other cities. Those who don’t lock their bikes may soon have to go on foot. This also applies to those who inconsiderately leave their bicycles in inappropriate locations on pavements, streets or pedestrian zones. Bicycles which disrupt traffic or obstruct footpaths are removed by the municipal authorities and taken to central collection points.
Münster is located at the heart of the Münsterland Cycling Region. Cycling is the perfect way to explore the flat parkland, which is dotted with old moated castles. The Münsterland cycling network covers 4,500 kilometres. It offers a wide selection of themed routes and circuits. The excellent infrastructure, which includes bed & bike accommodation, service and bike rental points and bicycle navigation systems, make the Münsterland a cycling paradise for leisure, sport and relaxation.