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Münster - City of Tradition and Innovation

Modern university city and administrative centre for 1.5 million people

Münster - a city abounding in history and in tales, a city which has remained young for over 1200 years, with a multitude of facets and yet with one distinct image. High-tech and home-grown crafts, baroque seats of the nobility and bold architectural notions, historical heart of the city and revolutionary urban development - in Münster these are not contradictions, but aspects of a lively city where 50 % of the population is still under the age of thirty.

Progress rooted in tradition is characteristic of the modern Münster, a university city with 280,000 inhabitants and almost 55,000 students. Important institutions in the spheres of economics, administration, science, culture and social life are based in the city, the administrative centre of a region which is home to more than 1.5 million people.

Not to be forgotten is the reputation of this city - hailed in comparative surveys as the premier city in terms of environment and atmosphere, and also nominated the online capital of Germany in recent weeks - as the bicycle metropolis of the Republic. There are more bicycles than inhabitants here, and more than 40 percent of all journeys are made using the "Leeze". Town planning has given special priority to this means of transport for many years, as clearly demonstrated by over 250 kilometres of cycle routes and a wealth of cyclist-friendly transport solutions.

The image of this Westphalian metropolis covering an area of over 300 square kilometres - of which more than 70% is green space - as a national administrative and service centre is bolstered not only by the Westphalian Wilhelms University, the third-largest university in Germany, but also by the 1st Deutsch-Niederländische Korps, the North-Rhine Westphalia Constitutional Court and national banks and insurance companies.

In Münster, the gables of the past are linked to the contours of modernity, tradition joined to innovation. The attractive appearance of the city was preserved after the Second World War thanks to careful reconstruction of the historic "Altstadt" around the Prinzipalmarkt. Münster offers an added bonus in the shape of a wide variety of cultural and leisure attractions and charming surrounding countryside situated in the midst of the idyllic rural Münsterland.

Visitors come to discover the home town of Germany's greatest woman poet, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, as a city which places a high value on leisure, a city of international sculpture projects, a city of galleries and theatres, a city of seminars and conferences. It is not just the natives of Münster who are attracted by the 20 museums, 20 cinemas, the "Städtischen Bühnen" with drama, music, dance and children's theatre and a free, lively artistic scene; visitors crowd the tables and bars of around 800 hostelries, while 3500 beds await tired tourists.

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