Join us for a stroll through over twelve centuries of European history embedded in a vibrant and modern city. Learn how it all began with the small Saxonian settlement of ‘Mimigernaford’ where missionary Liudger founded a monastery and built a predecessor of today’s St. Paul’s cathedral. The square in front of the impressive sacral building bustles with life, especially on Wednesdays and Saturdays when the vast farmers market attracts locals and visitors alike. While the abundance of fresh produce and flowers may evoke impressions of paradise, actually getting there will only take a few more steps to the cathedral’s narthex, which is in fact called ‘Paradise’.
Outside the Cathedral a quite unusual crucifixion group introduces some of the key figures in Münster’s religious history. Meet Cardinal von Galen standing underneath the cross with some of his sermons against the Nazi-regime which earned him the moniker ‘Lion of Münster’. Seated aptly aside is Jan von Leiden, self proclaimed king of Münster and one of the notorious Anabaptists’ leaders.
This reformatory movement, originating in the Netherlands in the 16th century, has left its marks on the city. Take for example the “Überwasserkirche” which to this day remains as headless as the statues flanking its entryway. Listen to the fascinating tale of the Anabaptists’ reign which found its ghastly end in the famous cages still hanging from St. Lambert’s Church.
The adjacent ‘Prinzipalmarkt’ (= ‘main market’), with its picturesque pediments and arcades almost had been completely destroyed during World War II. It has since been restored to its former glory and once again bears witness to the struggles between merchants and clergy seeking to stake their claim on the city’s fortune.
Following the ubiquitous cyclists down the lively boulevard we reach the historic City Hall, an outstanding landmark in European History. Hear about the tense and eventful negotiations which took place in this very building before finally resulting in the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. This series of treaties put an end to the Thirty Years War and has shaped the face of Europe as we know it today.
Visiting the cathedral during our guided tours is possible during the following hours: Mon. – Fri. 10.00 – 17.00 and Sat. 10.00 – 14.45.
The Peace Hall can be visited during the following hours: Tue. – Fri. 10.00 – 17.00, Sat. – Sun.: 10.00 – 16.00.