Muenster (Münster) is a university town in North Rhine-Westphalia, with multi-faceted attractions for visitors. Due to the 50,000 students who study here, urban pleasures are readily available and quite varied. Visitors can take city tours and enjoy the old town with its Churches and museums. You can visit all the famous moated castles and palaces. But unlike other historic towns in Germany, Münster also has a huge collection of impressive modern (read post-war) architecture as well. If you intend to be a tourist, you will need to get a car for hire in Muenster.
Sure, Münster is famous as a city where they have more bicycles than people. But you can make it a lot easier on yourself if you get a car for rent in Muenster and zip around quickly to all the tourist attractions. You must visit the Prinzipalmarkt with the 14th century Gothic Town Hall where you will find the historic Peace Hall (Friedenssaal). This is where Münster and Osnabrueck signed a treaty ending 30 years of war and bloodshed. St. Paul's Cathedral from the 13th century with its astronomical clock and the St Lambert's Church with its three cages are interesting attractions. The recreational area of Lake Aa is very popular among visitors, and has an open-air museum and a zoo with 3,000 animals living in their natural habitats. You will also enjoy the Hippomaxx Horse Museum and the LWL Natural History Museum and Planetarium.
Legend says the Münster area once had over 3,000 moated castles and palaces. Only 100 remain now, but even that is stunning given that most other towns have one or two at most. If you have time, you can set out on an exploration of all 100 castles as you pass through the countryside on the "100 Schlösser Route." If you stop by the tourist information office at Airportallee 1 in Greven, you can get detailed instructions for visiting major highlights on this route in and around Münster. If you are pressed for time, the least you can do is visit the Nordkirchen Palace and Münster Palace. The latter is an administrative building for the University, while the former is now the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences. Do not miss the botanical gardens when the visit the Münster Palace.
Osnabrück, 45 minutes away on the A1, is obviously one of the main destinations for a day-trip out of Münster. Note that you will pass the Münster-Osnabrück International Airport at Greven along the way. You might also enjoy the drive to Bielefeld via Telgte and Warendorf, to see the Sparrenburg Castle and the fascinating attractions of the Old Market Square. Hamm is just 40 minutes away on the A1 and Duisburg and Dusseldorf are just over an hour away on the A43.
There are more agencies offering a car rental in Muenster for visitors than you can count on your fingertips. One set of depots can be found at the airport in Greven. Others you will find bunched in the city, on Berliner Platz, Hammer Str., Bismarckallee, Georgskommende and Friedrich Ebert St. But you do not really have to find them because it is far easier to use an online service to compare all the agencies. Select a deal you like and book your vehicle right now, so that it will be waiting for you when you arrive in Münster.
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