FOLLOW THE MAURITZHOF HOTEL’S BIKE TOUR - PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO IN MÜNSTER
How can you experience the city like a local? By bike of course. How perfect that Mauritzhof Hotel lies in the centre of Münster. At our doorstep: the green promenade. Forming a ring around the old town, it’s a favourite for cyclists, joggers and those just out for a stroll. Equally close by and convenient to reach: the main train station, the city centre, tourist attractions and shopping district around Prinzipalmarkt with its historic gabled houses.
We suggest the following tour, which naturally includes some of our own favourite spots. Whether you have a full day or only time to check out one of our tips on what to do visit in Münster, you’re sure to have fun on your explorations.
Following our healthy and tasty breakfast, you’ll be energised for your tour. We have hotel-own bikes ready for hire, and highly recommend these as your mode of transport. You’ll find that as a university town, Münster not only exudes a youthflair flair, it also has excellent cycling paths for getting around.
Wednesdays and Saturdays the vibrant open-air market should be your first stop of the day. With its bounty of fresh and regional products, it’s not just an institution among Münster’s locals. It also attracts visitors, fascinated by the colourful stands, and the buzzing atmosphere. Not to mention the beautiful backdrop: Münster’s cathedral and historic square.
For those who have already worked up an appetite, do stop in for lunch at Caputo’s. The Italian restaurant lies on Picasso Square, just opposite Germany’s only Picasso museum. It’s the casual sister of the much-celebrated restaurant Villa Medici. Within its urban interiors, Patrone Carmelo Caputo serves up a fine composition of dishes from his homeland in northern Italy.
Within 10 minutes you’ll reach Schloss Münster, the baroque palace built for the duke-bishop in the 18th century. If you time your visit well, you’ll even hear the bells ring as they strike the hour. When you’ve had your fill of regal splendour, a further 5-minute ride takes you from land to water. Here you’ll switch from bike to paddleboat and enjoy a leisurely float around the Aasee Lake.
Having satisfied your foodie cravings within 10 minutes you’ll reach Schloss Münster, the baroque palace built for the duke-bishop in the 18th century. If you time your visit well, you’ll even hear the bells ring as they strike the hour. When you’ve had your fill of royal splendour, a further five-minute ride takes you from land to water. Here you’ll switch from bike to paddleboat and enjoy a relaxed float around the Aasee Lake
Following so much exercise, you’ll need to quench your thirst. So naturally we’ve included the Pinkus Müller brewery on Kreuzstrasse. As fifth generation brewers since 1816, the tradition-steeped business offers an impressive assortment of beer – best enjoyed on the large terrace with Westphalian specialities from their own restaurant. An alternative watering hole is the young Finne organic brewery in the Kreuzviertel neighbourhood. Thanks to the craft beer revival, it attracts a youthful crowd. The beer menu features classics in addition to seasonal brews. These are served with Flammkuchen and other snacks in a sociable and lively atmosphere. Not to miss: see the production in action directly behind the counter.
For a relaxing finale to the day, stroll through the revitalised Kreativkai harbour with its blossoming creative scene. What was until recently a commercial city port is now the site of lively cafes, restaurants and bars. Its warehouses have been taken over by Münster’s young creatives and from the pier you can take in the picturesque scene of old barges still docked there. Tip: during the summer, Coconut Beach Club is the coolest place to be.
Every day must come to an end, and so it’s time to return home to Mauritzhof. With a last drink at the beautiful bar, you are certain to end it in style.
If you’ve got the energy for a second day, here are some tips to take you beyond the city limits. Again by bike of course! Follow the „Pättken“– a local word for the small paths criss-crossing the countryside – to hidden moated castles, charming taverns and spectacular scenery. Unwind under grand old oaks, letting nature work its wonder.