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Portrait of the City

"Prinzipalmarkt" in Münster
Münster is characterized by both innovation and tradition. The 1200-year-old history is reflected in the medieval ground plan of the old city and numerous historical buildings. Offering, as it does, a large variety of functions in a narrow space and a high standard of urban development, the old town is an excellent example of European municipal tradition. The large number of urban open-spaces, as well as the closed green belt around the old town and its location in the attractive park landscape of the Münsterland can be counted among the striking qualities of Münster.

Zentrum für Technologie und Umweltschutz
Centre for Technology and Environmental Protection
Modern Münster presents itself as the city of colleges and universities of international renommée and as the location for innovative centres of research- and technology-transfer. A large proportion of young people, numerous facilities and institutions related to the universities and colleges, a cultural life which is greatly influenced by the numbers of students and, not least, the great importance of the bicycle as a means of transport lend greatly to the atmosphere of the city. The exploitation of scientific potentials is an important basis for a future-orientated economic development. The international sculptural exhibitions, which received great acclaim, and the construction of the Picasso-Museum have distinguished Münster nationwide as a lively cultural city.

Gaining new areas:
The harbour in Münster
As a Westphalian service-, trade- and administrative centre, Münster assumes important functions for a region with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. Because of the various interconnections with the surrounding countryside, regional cooperation is gaining in importance. As it wants to be open to Europe, Münster especially fosters intensive cooperation with Dutch partners in connection with EUREGIO and the town triangle of Münster, Osnabrück and Enschede/Hengelo.

There is a tradition of future-viability in Münster. For decades urban development has been driven forward under the guidelines of saving resources and environmental compatibility . In city rankings, the quality of enthusiastic urban development was frequently confirmed: Bicycle Capital, Climate Protection Capital, Online Capital, the most important potential being the active citizens, without whose enthusiasm many of the successes of urban development would be unthinkable.

Data re Urban Development: Notes on Sustainment:
  • 279,600 inhabitants
  • 151,300 employed
  • 66,000 commuters
  • Density of Population 926/EW/km²
  • Unemployment Rate 9.4%
  • Centre in the Münsterland
  • Signatory of Aalborg-Charter
  • Bicycle-friendly town
  • Climate Alliance
  • Functional concept of space Münster 2010
  • Federal Winners Climate Protection 1997
  • Award for Local Agenda 21-Process
  • Award for sustainable urban development projects
  • Online Capital 1998

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