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Münster - a brief portrait

Innovation and tradition characterise Münster

The Stadtbücherei Münster (Münster Public Library) is an example of modern architecture blending in with existing Old Town buildings. The lane between its two main structures directs the eye to the Gothic St. Lamberti Church on the market square.
(Source: Press Office, Münster City Council)

Münster’s history spanning more than 1200 years is reflected by the medieval ground plan of the Altstadt (old part of the city) and numerous historical buildings. The Altstadt is an exceptional example of the European city tradition with its varied functions in an enclosed space and high urban development qualities. The Prinzipalmarkt with the Lambertikirche (church) and the Cityhall of the Westphalian Peace as well as the cathedral and the cathedral square represent just a few of the internationally significant constructions of the Altstadt spanning a period of eight centuries. Historical buildings, modern architecture, contemporary sculptures – this composition ensures the Altstadt is a lively central point of the city. In addition the outstanding qualities of Münster include the fact that the city is very green with the Promenade, a green ring around the Altstadt, and the fact it is embedded within the charming park landscape of Münsterland.

The modern city of Münster

Historical backdrop meets modern art: Nam June Paik "parked" silver vintage cars in front of the castle as part of the "Skulptur.Projekte" project in 1997.
(Source: Roman Mensing)

Now the Westphalian metropolis presents itself as the city of the universities with outstanding international reputations, which accommodates approx. 50,000 students, and as the headquarters of innovative centres in the field of research and technology transfer. This academic potential forms an important basis for the future-oriented development of the economy. A lot of young people, numerous institutions that belong to the university, a varied and exciting cultural life as well as the bicycle as the omnipresent form of transport characterise the city’s unmistakable atmosphere. In addition the international sculpture exhibitions and the new Picasso-Museum that have attracted a lot of public attention have helped the city to gain a high profile as a cultural city throughout the country.

The regional capital

This administrative and commercial building in the city centre of Münster is one of the buildings used by the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (Westphalia-Lippe Regional Authority) which has approximately 13,000 employees.
(Source: Press Office, Münster City Council)

Münster assumes important functions for a region with more than 1.5 million people as the service, trade and administration centre of Westphalia. This is not least the reason why the city has also given the region – Münsterland – its name. Regional cooperation takes on an ever higher status due to the varied connections with the surrounding areas.

A city in Europe with connections to the whole world

 Signet: Münsters Partnerstädte
Münster is promoting its twin towns with this colourful signet.
(Source: Münster City Council)

As a result of its open European stance Münster engages in close cross-border cooperation with its Dutch partners, e.g. in the city triangle of "Münster – Osnabrück – Netwerkstad Twente". At the same time the city is a member in several European city networks, such as EUROCITIES and ICLEI. Münster has partners throughout the world. The city has entered into eight lively global city partnerships since 1957.

Future sustainability is a tradition in Münster

Urban development has been promoted with the objectives of sparing resources and environmental compatibility for a number of decades. The evolved city structure – a compact city centre with a lively Altstadt, attractive district centres and a virtually ideal green system – ultimately provides the ideal preconditions to this end and simultaneously constitutes an obligation towards the future. In this process the most important area of potential are the active citizens as a lot of the successes of the sustained urban development would have been inconceivable without their commitment and their initiatives.

Münster is a balanced city

A bird's eye view gives a good impression of Münster's qualities. The gleaming roofs of the cathedral can be seen in the centre of the Old Town. Along its edge runs the green ring of the Promenade, which is bordered on the left by the Aasee. Behind the castle, above the cathedral, there is a hint of the surrounding parklands beyond the suburbs.
(Source: Office for Green Spaces and Environmental Protection, Münster City Council)

This demand requires that economical, ecological, social and cultural objectives are observed simultaneously and with equal emphasis. The integrated approach and very citizen-oriented approach of the urban development of Münster consistently takes account of this consideration and is emphatically proved by the many awards and prizes won in national city competitions.

You want to gain an impression of Münster for yourself?

Then come and visit the city. You can find tourist information about the city at: www.tourismus.muenster.de

© Stadt Münster, 2006