The Westphalian city with a population of around 280,000 is an ideal place to study and offers many leisure activities for the 50,000 or so students at the eight universities.

There are numerous pubs, bistros, clubs and bars in the city. But they are not only filled on weekends; Wednesdays during the week are the typical day out for students.

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The "Altstadt" invites with the "Cavete" or the "Blaue Haus" for a cosy start in the evening, but in the distillery there is also dancing on the tables at an early hour. For the people who want to celebrate, the most diverse locations from Haverkamp to the harbour and the newly designed Germaniacampus offer an individual offer for the different tastes.

Recreation is also not neglected in Münster. Münster was the first city of its size to be awarded the title of the most livable city in the world and is regularly voted the bicycle capital.

The local recreation area around the Aasee contributes a large part to this. It invites you not only to jog or go for a walk. Especially on weekends, many recreational captains with their sailing boats or pedal boat drivers can be observed on the lake. The sun terraces of the Uferlos, Am Aasee or the A2 offer the best opportunity to watch the hustle and bustle at close range.

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The urban indoor and outdoor swimming pools in Münster invite you to relax in the cool water. The Planetarium and the Münster all-weather zoo are also always worth a visit.

The city also offers a wide range of other leisure activities: cultural events, many museums, exhibition halls, theatres, concerts and cinemas offer varied entertainment.

The Juwi-Fest, the Hafenfest and the Vainstream Rockfest are some of the highlights in Münster's calendar of events. It is always worthwhile to stop by here.

The Send is the largest funfair in the Münsterland and takes place three times a year. The highlight is the big opening fireworks, which traditionally takes place on Friday evening.

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Münster is also known beyond the city limits for its great markets.

A special highlight is the weekly market on the Domplatz. It takes place every Wednesday and Saturday between 7:00 and 14:30. There are more than 150 stands offering a wide range of products, from seasonal produce from local farms to exotic delicacies.

From May to September the big promenade flea market takes place once a month. Around 300 professional and 600 private sellers trade what they can. On two special dates, there is also the opportunity to make one or two bargains the evening before - the flea market also opens its doors at night for visitors.

During the Advent season a special hustle and bustle begins in Münster. The city's five Christmas markets open their doors here.
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The St. Lamberti Light Market, the market in the town hall courtyard, the Christmas Village at the Kiepenkerl, the Adents Market at the Aegidiimarkt and finally the Giebelhüüskes Market at the Überwasserkirche offer an impressive spectacle and all kinds of opportunities for strolling and browsing. Many students meet at the countless mulled wine stands to end the day or start the evening after the end of lectures.


Embedded in the park landscape of Münsterland, the tranquil district and university town of Steinfurt with its 34,000 inhabitants is today a business location with many medium-sized companies.

In addition, there are numerous restaurants and pubs, which are particularly popular with students.

About 3,000 students study on the campus in Steinfurt. It is located in the Burgsteinfurt district.

The Steinfurt Department of Münster University of Applied Sciences is home to the engineering subjects. The following departments and institutes are located here:

The townscape of Steinfurt is characterised by the historic town centre, the moated castle Schloss Steinfurt and the old mills of the surroundings.

Steinfurt rightly bears the title of a state-approved health resort. Besides the many cycling and hiking routes, the Bagno Landscape Park, which not only offers the opportunity to relax in nature, but is also used for various cultural or sporting events, contributes to this.

In the middle of the park is the Bagno concert gallery. It was built in 1774 and is therefore the oldest free-standing concert hall in Europe.

2006 another local recreation area was opened near the city: If you cycle a little bit to the north, you will meet the Offlumer See. Apart from swimming, sailing, fishing or a tour around the lake, you can also enjoy the view in the Seecafé on the promenade.

If you can't do without the big city, it's best to get out your semester ticket. The city of Münster can be reached by train within 40 minutes every hour from Burgsteinfurt station. With the semester ticket, our students are mobile within the whole of NRW.

The semester ticket also includes travel to Enschede. The Dutch city not only attracts with its large weekly market, but also the numerous shopping opportunities attract many students from Germany.

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