Münster has a rich historical past, which can still be seen in many of its buildings.
Many have suffered throughout the war years, but have since risen from the ashes like the mythical phoenix. So come take a walk through history with this short tour through some of Münster’s most interesting sightseeing destinations.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
This Münster sight is a 13th century Gothic and Romanesque-style cathedral. On the exterior of St. Paul’s, there is an astronomical clock with hand-painted zodiac signs. There’s a performance each day at noon as the clock plays a Glockenspiel song.
Like so many other ancient architectural marvels in Germany, it sustained heavy damage during the Second World War. It has since been restored, but the destruction is still documented in pictures found inside the Cathedral.
Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall)
The Altes Rathaus on the Prinzipalmarkt was the site of the famous signing of the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the 30 Years War in 1648. The City Hall was also damaged during the war years, but its interior had been removed for safekeeping prior to fighting.
These days, both the saved interior and repaired exterior make this one of Münster’s best sights.
Lambertikirche (St. Lambert Church)
St. Lambert Church was built in 1375 and is best known for the three cages that hang from its tower. These “Anabaptist cages” were used to display the bodies of the leaders of the Münster Rebellion.
The Church became a more positive place during the years prior to World War 2, when Cardinal von Galen gave a series of speeches denouncing the repressive policies of Hitler and the Nazi Party.
The Erbdrostenhof Palace is a baroque structure that was built by the famed Johann Conrad Schlaun. With its three wings and impressive facade, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in the city.
As with so many other buildings here, the palace was also destroyed during the war. Happily, today it has been completely reconstructed and is a main attraction.