Münster - beautiful and smart
City of science, city of sculptures, city of the Peace of Westphalia, city of bicycles, Hanseatic city: Münster is a vibrant city in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. More than 1200 years of history can be seen in the medieval layout of the city center and in the many historic buildings.
Rich in tradition
Presently about 270,000 people live here. Research and teaching have shaped life in the city for a long time and have given the city its international renown. The University of Münster – the German name is Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster – was founded in the 18th century and is today one of the largest universities in Germany.
Vibrant cultural scene
Altogether almost 50,000 students at the various universities, a variegated cultural life and the bicycle as the omnipresent mode of transportation create the unmistakable ambiance of the city. Moreover, the internationally renowned sculpture exhibitions and the new Picasso Museum have given Münster the profile of a cultural city.
Highly regarded internationally
In 2004, Münster was ranked the city with the highest quality of life in the world. As the first major city in Germany, the Westphalian city won the gold medal at the LivCom-Award in Niagara, Canada and came in first place in the category of cities with 200,000 to 750,000 inhabitants. In the international competition of communities, Münster surpassed cities like Seattle in the U.S., Okayama in Japan, Changshu in China, Poznan in Poland and Coventry in the United Kingdom.