Munster Religious Buildings Tour, Part 1, Munster

Münster is a wonderful place for those who are interested in religious architecture. The old town district features many beautiful Gothic, Romanesque, Classicism, and Baroque-style churches. Take this tour to explore the Westphalian religious heritage.
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Munster Religious Buildings Tour, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Munster Religious Buildings Tour, Part 1
Guide Location: Germany » Munster (See other walking tours in Munster)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: Xena
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St. Antonius

1) St. Antonius

St. Antonius catholic church belongs to the parish of St. Joseph in Münster. The church building was designed in 1914 by German architect Ludwig Becker. It was planned as a neo-church, displaying the important aspects of Baroque style with a transept and a large dome built over the crossing. The church was seriously damaged during the Second World War, but by 1949 the building was reconstructed under the guidance of the renowned German architects Dominic and Gottfried Böhm. The structure was simplified, the new building didn't have a dome and transept. The interior was carefully restored, creating a new hall, full of light and air, with beautiful large semi-domes on the sides. The ceiling was made out of many parallel ridges resulting in an impressive picture. One of the main features of the church is the large west window sporting an amazing stained glass created by Vinzenz Pieper.
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St. Ludgeri

2) St. Ludgeri

The Church of St. Ludgeri is one of the oldest religious buildings in Westphalia. It was inaugurated in 1173 and has gone through multiple changes before reaching its present exterior style. Initially the church was made of wood, but regardless of this, the premises looked very beautiful and created the impression of true greatness. About three hundred years later, the church was damaged by a fire and rebuilt in a different style. The choir was vastly enlarged on the east side and two Romanesque style towers were added to the sides. The St. Ludgeri Church also maintains some Gothic details, including panel painting, stained glass, fresco and illuminated manuscripts. The tall, majestic tower dominates over the construction, it is crowned with beautiful stained windows and refined ironwork spires. The interior showcases pure Gothic style and is considered to be one of the most important models of Medieval art in Münster.
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St. Aegidii

3) St. Aegidii

St. Aegidii Church, alike St. Ludgeri, is one of the oldest parishes in Münster. It dates back to the end of the 12th century and is located in the historical center of the city. The first parish of St. Aegidii was established in 1174, and there is documented evidence of its existence during this early period. In 1184, the church was used as the base for the first Cistercians Monastery in Westphalia. In 1821, this church collapsed and was demolished to be rebuilt 100 meters further to the east in pure Classicism style. The construction process was planned and controlled by the German architect, Johann Conrad Schlaun on the request of the Capuchin Parish.
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St. Petri

4) St. Petri

The St. Petri is a Catholic Church in Münster. This church is famous for having wonderful acoustics and is often used for sacred concerts, various official ceremonies, as well as for weddings. The church was built during a 7-year period (1590-1597) by architect and construction manager, Johann Roßkott. The church has been designed as a basilica-type building without a transept. The exterior walls were built of red brick and light sandstone was used for the structural elements. On the inside, the two floors are divided into galleries by elegant arches. Stylistically, St. Petri Church could be attributed to the harmonious combination of the Gothic and Renaissance styles. The whole structure of the church creates an impression of a sound and secure Holy dwelling.
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St. Paulus Dom

5) St. Paulus Dom (must see)

Münster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom) is a cathedral in the German city of Münster. It is the city's main church and one of its most important historical monuments, as well as the center of the Diocese of Münster since Diocese's foundation in 805. Perhaps the most famous feature of the cathedral is its astronomical clock. Unlike modern clocks, the Münster clock is divided into 24 hours, runs counterclockwise, and indicates hours and minutes simultaneously. Since the clock faces south, the hands thus follow the actual course of the sun. The main hand, decorated with a silver sun and a rainbow, indicates the time. Each red and white line within the circle of Roman numerals represents four minutes. Five minor hands indicate the position of the planets Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury, while a silver ball (half painted black) represents the moon in its phases.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Überwasserkirche

6) Überwasserkirche (must see)

The Überwasserkirche is a Gothic church in the western part of the city of Münster, Westphalia. Its name is translated from German as "Over the water" and originates from the fact that it is located west of the St. Paulus Dom, on the opposite side of the Münstersche Aa river. During the Middle Ages, the church was used as a school for young women of noble birth and for this reason the parish is also known as Liebfrauenkirche, which means the “Church of the Loving Women”.
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Observantenkirche

7) Observantenkirche

The Observantenkirche is an Evangelical Church, built in 1694 by the Franciscan monks. The building was raised by two renown architects Anton Hülse and Johann Bavra. The interior of the church was richly decorated by religious paintings and icons, donated by the wealthier parishioners. Up to the end of the 17th century the church was equipped with the altar, organ and three bells. During the period from 18th till 20th century, the fate of the church was less than fortunate. During the French invasion, the building was used as barracks or mews, as well as a stock place, and all the church equipment was auctioned off. While during the Second World War, the church was almost destroyed by Allied bombing. The full restoration started in 1958 and in May of 1961 the church was transferred to the Evangelical Theological Faculty of the University of Westphalia. The contemporary church is built from red brick and the southwest facade is made with Westphalian light sandstone. The main premises of the Observantenkirche are constructed in pseudo-Gothic style.
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St. Johannes Kapelle

8) St. Johannes Kapelle

The St. Johannes Kapelle (St. John's Chapel) in Münster is a small Gothic church, built in the northwest of the historic old town. The chapel represents a tower-less building with buttresses and sandstone soffits. The west portal of the construction shows clear details of Renaissance style. The inside is rather small, but even so, it is decorated with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. During the early 14th century, the chapel used to be a branch of the Steinfurt Knights Commandery. Luckily, the St. Johannes Kapelle was just slightly damaged during Second World War and needed only lightweight restoration, after which it hasn't been changed at all.

Walking Tours in Munster, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Munster

Create Your Own Walk in Munster

Creating your own self-guided walk in Munster is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Munster Religious Buildings Tour, Part 2

Munster Religious Buildings Tour, Part 2

The city of Münster dates back to 793, when a monastery was built on the right bank of the river Aa. This was the historic “headspring” of the town named “Monastery”. Consequently, one could claim it was destined for the new city to glorify the religion. Today, Munster is known for its numerous religious buildings and this tour aims to show you the most beautiful and inimitable of them.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Museum Walking Tour in Munster

Museum Walking Tour in Munster

Münster is well-known for its long list of fascinating museums. This wonderful city can tell you much about history, archeology, geology, art, and other fields. Take this tour to get acquainted with its culture and discover the most interesting of Münster museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Münster Nightlife Tour

Münster Nightlife Tour

Münster isn't just museums and parks, it also offers its visitors an active nightlife. It is home to a plethora of bars and pubs, most of which are eager to entertain their visitors seven days a week. Take this tour to explore the hottest nightspots in town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Park Walk in Münster

Park Walk in Münster

Münster is a city that will pleasantly surprise you with its green areas and numerous parks, most of which were built on top of former fortifications. Today these recreational spaces represent the pride and joy of the city of Münster. This tour gives you the chance to visit six of these wonderful parks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Münster, a city in western Germany, makes the list of Germany's top tourist destinations primarily for its Medieval architecture. The most notable sights include 13th-century St. Paulus Dom featuring a mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles, Prinzipalmarkt square framed by gabled houses, the Gothic city hall, and late medieval Lambertikirche. For these and other pearls of Münster architecture, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
West Munster Walking Tour

West Munster Walking Tour

West Munster offers a concentration of fascinating tourist attractions, like the Münster Zoo and Hippomax, the Botanischer Garten and an unique open-air museum. Take this two-hour tour to explore the most interesting sights in the western part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Munster for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Munster has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Munster, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.