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    Münster/Osnabrück – a brief overview

    The two northwest German cities of Münster and Osnabrück are around 50km from one another, but have a common link in their shared airport, and fast transport links connect the two in under an hour. Both are bustling cities in their own right, but Münster, with a population of around 300,000, is twice the size of its more manageable neighbour to the southwest.

    Münster is also Westphalia’s regional capital and has a particularly young and vibrant feel thanks to its student population, which tops 50,000 during term time. Osnabrück is smaller and more business oriented, but no less lively.

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    Aasee (Münster)

    Münster
    Germany
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    You can easily reach the north end of this beautiful semi-rural artificial lake from Münster city centre, and it’s a great place for sailing, strolling, or simply relaxing by the water. It becomes very popular on summer weekends.

    Botanical Garden (Münster)

    Schlossgarten 3
    48149 Münster
    Germany
    Tel: (0251) 832 3827
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1900 (Apr-Sep)
    0800-1600 (Oct-Mar)

    These lovely botanical gardens, part of Münster’s Westfälische Wilhelms University, were originally founded in 1803, and still contain hundreds of rare and exotic species.

    Stadtmuseum (Münster)

    Salzstrasse 28
    48143 Münster
    Germany
    Tel: (0251) 492 4503
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat-Sun 1100-1800

    This city museum takes visitors on a journey through time from the founding of Münster in medieval times to the present day.

    St Paulus Dom (Münster)

    Domplatz 28
    48143 Münster
    Germany
    Tel: (0251) 495 6700
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0630-1900
    Sun 0630-1930

    Münster’s main cathedral was built in the mid-13th century, but had to be rebuilt after being destroyed during WWII. One element that escaped the bombardment was its fabulous astronomical clock, dating from 1560, which springs into action every day at noon.

    Kunstmuseum Picasso (Münster)

    Picassoplatz 1
    48143 Münster
    Germany
    Tel: (0251) 414 4710
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This museum, in an 18th-century nobleman’s house, focuses on the works of Pablo Picasso, and contains a collection of around 800 graphic pieces, including what is thought to be a near complete series of the Spanish artist’s lithographs.

    Zoo Osnabrück

    Klaus-Strick-Weg 12
    49082 Osnabrück
    Germany
    Tel: (0541) 951 050
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1830 (Apr-Oct)
    0900-1700 (Nov-Mar)

    This spacious city zoo covers a large area, and the animals are given plenty of space in which to roam around.

    Felix-Nussbaum-Haus (Osnabrück)

    Lotter Strasse 2
    49078 Osnabrück
    Germany
    Tel: (0541) 323 2207
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri 1100-1800
    Thu 1100-2000, Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    Housed in a striking 1998 building designed by Polish architect Daniel Libeskind, this collection centres on works by the Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum (1904-44), who was born in Osnabrück, but died in Auschwitz.

    Museum Industriekultur Osnabrück

    Furstenauer Weg 171
    49090 Osnabrück
    Germany
    Tel: (0541) 912 7845
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Sun 1000-1800

    A few kilometres north of Osnabrück, this small museum dedicated to the region’s industrial heritage is located at a former coal mine. Some of the old buildings and machinery have been preserved and restored.

    Medieval Houses (Osnabrück)

    Hackenstrasse, Bierstrasse and Krahnstrasse
    Osnabrück
    Germany
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    Several half-timbered houses in the city centre escaped major damage during WWII. Among the most impressive are the 1533 house at Krahnstrasse 4, and the nearby 1586 Renaissance Haus Willmann at number 7.

    Market place (Osnabrück)

    Markt
    49074 Osnabrück
    Germany
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    Osnabrück’s impressive main square is hemmed in by the Marienkirche church on one side and the late-Gothic 1512 Town Hall on another. The latter is where the Peace of Westphalia was negotiated, ending the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648).

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Münster/Osnabrück

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    With a student population of over 50,000, it is no surprise Münster’s nightlife scene is among the liveliest in Germany – Wednesday is a popular time for going out.

    Osnabrück’s nightlife is only marginally quieter, and also has plenty to offer.

    Pinkus Müller

    Kreuzstrasse 4-10
    48143 Münster
    Germany
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    Large and popular brewpub close to Münster’s centre, serving house beers in large volumes.

    Veron

    Albersloher Weg 14
    48155 Münster
    Germany
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    Münster’s trendiest (and loudest) nightclub keeps people dancing into the early hours.

    Hot Jazz Club

    Hafenweg 26B
    48155 Münster
    Germany
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    Münster’s hottest live music venue, this cellar bar hosts all kinds of acts, not just jazz.

    Alte Gaststätte Holling

    Hasestrasse 53
    49074 Osnabrück
    Germany
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    Family-owned since 1798, this traditional pub in Osnabrück pours a good choice of draught beers.

    Panorama Bar

    Neumarkt 7
    49074 Osnabrück
    Germany
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    This sixth floor bar with great city views over Osnabrück is a café by day and cocktail lounge in the evening.

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    Restaurants in Münster/Osnabrück

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    Both Münster and Osnabrück can boast chic award-winning restaurants, including one of the best eateries in the country, as

    well as Germanic brewpubs and down-to-earth cafés. Whatever you need, you won’t go hungry.

    La Vie

    Krahnstrasse 1-2
    49074 Osnabrück
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    One of the best restaurants in Germany, this 3-star Michelin place in Osnabrück settles for nothing less than perfection.

    Gourmet 1895

    Bahnhofstrasse 14
    48143 Münster
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Small and elegant Michelin-starred restaurant in Münster’s Hotel Kaiserhof serving classicly refined food.

    Altes Gasthaus Leve

    Alter Steinweg 37
    48143 Münster
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Classic German cuisine cooked to perfection in a large traditional old inn in Münster.

    Hausbrauerei Rampendahl

    Hasestrasse 35
    49074 Osnabrück
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    More hearty German cooking in this stylish old central brewpub near Osnabrück’s cathedral.

    Mocca d’Or

    Rothenburg 14-16
    48143 Münster
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Friendly bustling central bistro in Münster serving up no-nonsense Italian dishes at low prices.

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    Calendar of events

    Osnabrück Culture Night (Osnabrücker Kulturnacht)

    13 September 2014

    Venue: Various venues, Osnabrück.

    A diverse, dynamic programme of anything and everything cultural pulls crowds into the city for this special late-summer artsy soirée. Live music, theatrical spectacles and eye-catching art installations are all on the menu, with over 40 venues participating, including museums, theatres and galleries.

    Schauraum: Festival of Museums and Galleries

    18 – 21 September 2014

    Venue: Various venues, Münster.

    Three days of special activities draw thousands of visitors to Münster’s cultural venues, culminating in the night of museums and galleries on the final evening. Expect wacky sculptures, street theatre, concerts, kids’ entertainment, wine tastings and late-night behind-the-scenes museum tours.

    Morgenland Festival

    19 – 30 September 2014
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    Venue: Various venues, Osnabrück.

    Showcasing a superb selection of music from the Near and Middle East, this festival has hosted musicians from across the region, from Azerbaijan to Iraq to Turkey. Classical, jazz, rock and traditional music are all represented, with specially commissioned new works often featuring.

    Send

    25 October – 2 November 2014
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    Venue: Schlossplatz, Münster.

    A colourful whirlwind of fairground rides attracts over one million visitors to Münsterland’s oldest fair, held three times a year. Teens go wild on the latest high-adrenaline machines, while Ferris wheels and carousels provide a more serene experience. On the Friday evenings, crowds pour into the square for glittering fireworks.

    Münster’s Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmarkte)

    24 November – 23 December 2014
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    Venue: Various venues, Münster.

    Five Christmas markets, all within walking distance of each other, create a magical Advent atmosphere in Münster’s city centre. Draped in twinkling lights, more than 300 stalls are loaded up with Westphalian delicacies, local handicrafts and pretty Christmas decorations.

    Osnabrück Christmas Market (Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt Osnabrück)

    26 November – 22 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Marktplatz, Osnabrück.

    Over 100 illuminated stalls entice Christmas shoppers with beautiful handmade toys, one-of-a-kind artworks and freshly baked pastries. Set beneath the stunning backdrop of the historic Town Hall and St Peter’s Cathedral, this market is a winter experience not to be missed.

    May Week (Maiwoche)

    8 – 17 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various stages in the city centre, Osnabrück.

    Around half a million visitors flock to 10 days of open-air shows during Osnabrück’s huge free arts festival. Over 100 acts take to six different stages performing a cracking mix of music, comedy and theatrical productions. Festival goers can pick up unique crafts and tasty treats at surrounding stalls.

    Hammer Strassen Fest

    2 – 3 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Hammer Strasse, Münster.

    Stalls stacked with jewellery, crafts and edible goodies line Hammer Strasse for Westphalia’s largest street festival in early August. A couple of stages host a terrific programme of live music, while bouncy castles, carousels and bungee trampolines keep kids content.

    Osnabrück Wine Days (Osnabrücker Weintage)

    7 – 10 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Marktplatz, Osnabrück.

    Oenophiles are in heaven at this summer wine-tasting festival by the Town Hall. Specialist merchants pour a top-notch selection of around 500 German and international wines over four days, and there’s a chance to buy your favourite bottles to take home with you.

    Kreuzviertel Festival

    23 – 24 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in the city centre, Münster.

    One of Münster’s oldest festivals, Kreuzviertel is always a big hit. Live bands entertain crowds from two stages, and there are excellent food and drink stands. A highlight is the children’s flea market on the Sunday morning, when parents are likely to be parted from most of their cash.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Münster/Osnabrück

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    Neither Münster nor Osnabrück has any 5-star hotels, but both have enough alternative top-end options to satisfy the pickiest

    customers. Room rates are generally low in both, as in most German cities.

    Kaiserhof

    Bahnhofstrasse 14
    48143 Münster
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Sumptuous and large central hotel close to Münster station, which has been serving guests for over a century.

    Romantik Hotel Walhalla

    Bierstrasse 24
    49074 Osnabrück
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Charmingly characterful guesthouse in a half-timbered building dating from 1690.

    Mauritzhof Design Hotel

    Eisenbahnstrasse 17
    48143 Münster
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Elegant design hotel in central Münster with individually furnished and styled rooms.

    Steigenberger Remarque

    Natruper-Tor-Wall 1
    49076 Osnabrück
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Stylish well-equipped modern business hotel decorated in warm shades.

    Windthorst

    Windthorststrasse 19
    48143 Münster
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Just a short walk from central Münster, Windthorst offers 3-star comforts for remarkably little money.

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    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness "slow" periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Münster/Osnabrück

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    Key Areas

    Münster’s main shopping centre is based along and around Prinzipalmarkt, a pedestrianised street with medieval colonnades that has been the place for retail therapy since the 12th century. In Osnabrück, the best place to look for exclusive designer goods is along Krahnstrasse, running from the Town Hall to Nikolaiort.

    Markets

    For bargains in Münster, the area running between Hindenburgplatz and the Aasee hosts a flea market on the third Saturday of every month from May to September. In December, Osnabrück’s Christmas market, in the shadow of the Heger Tor gate, is regarded as one of the prettiest in Germany.

    Shopping Centres

    Built in 2006, Münster’s glass-domed Arkaden shopping mall (Ludgeristrasse 100), close to Prinzipalmarkt, has over 26,000 sq m of retail floor space. In Osnabrück, the most convenient central shopping centre is Kamp-Promenade (Kamp 49), off Neumarkt, a small mall with around 30 outlets.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

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