Health & Wellbeing:
Your university or college will probably have student welfare provision with advice on health and wellbeing. As Germany is part of the European Union, if you are from a country that is a member of the EU and you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you will be able to access state-provided healthcare in Germany at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.
As Germany is part of the European Union, if you are from a country that is a member of the EU and you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you will be able to access state-provided healthcare in Germany at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.
If you are from outside the EU you will not be entitled to state healthcare and you should investigate appropriate health insurance.
Shopping in Münster has everything you could wish for but on a manageable scale. For window shopping (or actual shopping if you’re feeling rich) in extraordinary surroundings, head to the Prinzipalmarkt, an arcade with medieval colonnades, full of designer labels and upmarket independent shops. The variety continues along Salzstrasse where you’ll find everything from mainstream shops to small cafés. The Ludgeriviertel is another attractive place to find big name brands, and for a complete architectural contrast head for the Stubengasse where you’ll find fashion and food side by side.
If you’re on a budget, look out for the Trödelmarkt – a flea market that is held along the promenade in the summer, and the twice-weekly market in Domplatz is great for regional specialities.
With 50,000 students in town, it’s no wonder the night life is buzzing in Münster. Students tend to congregate in the Kuhviertel (cow quarter) on the edge of the Altstadt, where there are loads of pubs. The Cavete is a popular student haunt, as is Pinkus Müller, a microbrewery thought to be the oldest organic brewery in the world. Kruse Baimken, near the Amsee, is one of the most popular beer gardens in town.
For clubs and bars, the harbour should be your first stop. Heaven, which plays club classics and house music, is usually packed with students, as is Klup for disco and house. For live concerts and parties, head to Jovel.
If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, head to Mexican-themed Enchilada which is always a fun night out and does great cocktails (half price in Happy Hour!) alongside Mexican food.
The food in Münster is an interesting mix of traditional regional cuisine and dishes from further afield, as the city’s long tradition of welcoming outsiders has influenced its food. Münster specialities include pumpernickel – slow-baked rye bread – and Westphalian ham for which the pigs were traditionally fattened on acorns. If you’re not too squeamish, don’t miss the chance to try Töttchen – a Münsterland speciality – which was once considered a pauper’s food but is now something of a delicacy. It is a savoury ragout containing veal and calf’s tongue.
The Altes Gasthaus Leve is supposed to be the oldest pub in the city and worth a visit for its local menu and selection of beers. Students often eat at a student pub such as Cavete on Kreuzstrasse, or at the student canteen Aasee-Mensa in Bismarckalle, where you can get filling food very cheaply.
If you want a more international flavour, try Orient Grill at the Hauptbanhof for doner kebabs, or Mocca D’Or for good Italian food.
At the twice-weekly Wochenmarkt you’ll find local meats and cheese, freshly-baked bread and flowers, amongst many other things.
Sport & Leisure:
Münster is a sporty city. Everywhere you look people are on bicycles – it’s known as Germany’s bicycle capital – and with parks, tree-lined avenues and the five kilometre promenade that surrounds the town, it’s easy to get around by bike.
If you fancy walking, running or even sailing, head for Münster’s Aasee near the city centre where you can hire a boat. And don’t forget to check out the city’s sports clubs which include riding, golf and ballooning as well as cycling and running – you can find out more from the City Sports Association.
If you’d rather spectate, catch the USC Münster Volleyball ladies at the Berg Fidel Volleydrom or check out Münster’s SC Preußen Münster football team which is currently in the third league.