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Munster, Germany 2016 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Travelled : 35 kilometres from Ludinghausen to Munster in the Northern Rhineland.

Visited : Munster.

Stayed : Camping Munster, a stellplatz (aire) in front of the campsite. All the usual services, โ‚ฌ15.50  N51.94658 E7.69121

The little parking spot in Ludinghausen provides a very quiet and restful night.  We pack up and get going by 9am, but as we drive north we spy a Lidl (supermarket) and stop to get some fresh fruit.  Apart from the fresh fruit we stock up on Veltin’s Pilsoner @ โ‚ฌ0.79 for a 500ml can and some Californian White Zifandal @ โ‚ฌ2.79, it appears the bar will be open tonight.

We arrive in Munster within the hour, the traffic is light and apart from some roadworks without hassle.  After a free night in Ludinghausen we can stay on budget with a stellplatz tonight.  Camping Munster is 4 kilometres from the altstadt with a dedicated cycle way as access.  There are several spots to pick from and we grab some shade as it looks like a hot day ahead.  We chat to an English couple who are just leaving and we settle in.

Before the photos. It is important to note that on the evening of the 14th November 1940 most of Munster was completely destroyed by an allied air raid. Following the war the decision was made to re-build many of Munster’s more prominent buildings such as the Dom, the town hall and the rest of the altstadt to their original specifications.


The Clemenskirche, a small and unusual church we accidentally wander past on our cycle ride to the altstadt.
The colonnade of shops along Prinzipalmarkt. All very upmarket in this area.
We park the bikes outside St. Lamberti’ Church and go exploring.
Inside St.Lamberti’ Church with its beautiful lead light windows and simple altar.
A simple fountain near St. Lamberti’ Church. We watch as the children run around the edge and invariable slip over, shed a tear, then run about again.
The Dom (Cathedral) of Saint Paul.  At over a 110 metres in length it’s Gothic proportions match the immense square it overlooks.  Being market day in the square today it’s not easy to get a photo without a van or stall in frame.
Inside the Dom a service is underway. I steal a quick photo of the statue of Saint Christopher, patron saint of travellers, like ourselves.
The cloisters adjoining the Dom in Munster. Not in the traditional Romanesque style we have so often seen, but a more simple and equally peaceful space.
The Dom’s famous astrological clock constructed in 1540. With some minor repairs the clock ran continuously until 1927. A full restoration took place over the next few years. It was placed in storage during the war years, being re-assembled and repaired in 1951.
The elaborate facade of the Town Hall in Munster. The facade in 3 stories higher than the rest of the building. Good luck in a fire.

Enough old stuff. Munster’s altstadt is surrounded by a 5 kilometre car free trail for both cyclist and pedestrian.  It follows the old defensive walls and moat circling the city.  It’s lined with plane trees and even in the afternoon sun a delightful shady ride.  By the end of this ride it’s time for a late lunch, German style.

The Lonely Planet recommended the Altes Gasthaus Leve, Munster’s oldest inn for lunch. It’s a small family hotel serving traditional Germany food. We give the sausage and saucraute a miss and go for the snitzel and mushrooms, very nice and reasonably priced at โ‚ฌ23 including drinks.

We ride back to the Hymer, get out the comfortable chairs and relax the late afternoon away.

Michael and Pam

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