Watch out! You might get run down by a bike in Münster and that's just an example of the exuberance found in this entrancing town. In fact, when strolling around Münster’s Altstadt, it’s hard to imagine that nearly everything you see is only 60 years or so old. After near-total destruction in WWII, the cultural capital of Westphalia opted for creating a carbon copy of its medieval centre rather than embracing the ideas of modern town planning.
Yet Münster is not mired in nostalgia. Its 50,000 students keep the cobwebs out and civic pride is great – both of the town's main cultural treasures are emerging from ambitious renovations and enhancements. More than anything, though, it’s the 500,000 bicycles – called Leeze in local dialect – that quite literally bring energy and movement to this pretty city.
Via Lonely Planet
Video: Stadt Münster