Historisches Rathaus Münster

Historisches Rathaus Münster

Historisches Rathaus Münster
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This 12th-century building is where the Westphalian Peace Treaty was ratified.
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KyFlynn
Munich, Germany1,865 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
When you're in the city, you easily spot the historical city hall, where you can visit the peace hall, for just 1,50€. Inside you can listen to the history of this room, and have a close look at the wooden panels.

It's nice, especially for lovers of history. For everyone else, there's not that much to see.
Written 10 February 2021
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Bob K
Oirschot, The Netherlands34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nice place to visit but don’t expect to be here more than 20 minutes. Besides the facade and the “Friedenssaal” there’s not a lot to see here. In the Friedenssaal, a few objects are on display but there’s nobody to tell you something about that or the room except for a small sign and a recorded tape which is played all day.
Written 8 February 2020
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RonTSmithers_B_C_
Smithers, Canada424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
Before you visit, look up "Peace of Westfalia" on Wikipedia. If you don't know about the 30 Years War (and the 80 Years War between Spain and the Netherlands) none of this will make sense. Inside the Rathaus is the "The Hall of Peace" where part of the most important treaty of the 17th century was signed (the other part was in nearby Osnabrook). Fabulous woodcarving! I found the portraits of the participants (and the heavyweights behind them) on the walls fascinating. Note the child Louis XIV. Note the 2 Hapsburgs: Phillip IV of Spain and Ferdinand III of the Holy Roman Empire, both showing their big, Hapsburg jaws. Neat collection of double handed swords (used for chopping at massed pikes). Don't miss the mummified hand.
Written 23 May 2017
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Debbie W
Hannover, Germany38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2013 • Business
We felt a bit cheated, buying tickets to access the area behind closed doors. We had expected to explore the building when, in fact, all we had access to was one room. Bit of a let down.
Written 6 July 2013
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TaherAlbaghliJulian
Kuwait City, Kuwait1,857 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
The Historical City Hall of Münster was one of the theatres of the negotiations of the Peace of Westphalia which concluded the Thirty Years' War in Europe and the Eighty Years' War between Spain and the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. It was the site of the Peace of Münster of 1648.

It is One of my favourites places in Munster when I visit the city. You must see
Written 15 February 2017
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Argyris
Muenster, Germany17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
If you come to Muenster, you have to visit the old town. Excellent places and buildings; too many restaurant and cafeterias.
Written 1 February 2018
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mahre90
Dubai, United Arab Emirates29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
Münster

Germany Münster one of the best place for the tourist .

This location in the heart of the city

You will see the best market with historical of munster , as well you can make shopping with same area .

Written 3 September 2017
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ailuchiesa
Buenos Aires, Argentina7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
One of my favorites places in Münster, if not, my favorite. It's a must all seasons long. I was lucky enough to be there already 3 times and I never get tired of it. It's amazing how it differs from winter to summer, but it is definitely recommended to visit anytime.
One of the things I like most about the Alt Stadt itself is the fact you see bikes everywhere. In my opinion people can't miss taking a walk in the area, specially during Christmas with all the Christmas markets!
Written 21 January 2017
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Anastasia G
63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Don't miss this city if you are close by around Christmas! It is a very beautiful city all year round but in Christmas it becomes exceptional.. you live your fairytale in this Christmas decoration! Don't miss a walk around when it gets dark and lights are on!
Written 30 December 2016
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Jeff R
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
In Münster the town hall is actually the "historical town hall" - day-to-day city business is actually conducted in a number of nearby modern buildings, but the historical town hall is used for ceremonial occasions and concerts, and the . While the original building (considered one of the best examples of late Gothic secular architecture) was destroyed in the Second World War, it was lovingly rebuilt after the war and has carefully been restored several times since. The main attraction is the Friedenssaal or "peace hall" - and it holds a deeply symbolic meaning for the people of Münster. If you know your European history, you will be impressed, perhaps even moved to tears. (I am.) If not, you might just say, oh, looks like some movie set from Disney or Warner Brothers. But then look again: this was where the Catholic nations of Europe signed the Peace of Westphalia (the Protestant ones signed it in nearby Osnabrück) on May 15, 1648 - a treaty which ended the Thirty Years War, and which marked the creation of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. The interior of the Peace Hall is THE original: all the oak wainscoting and wooden panels are from the original building and were removed and put into storage during the war, so that they survived the otherwise massive destruction of the city, especially by a bombing attack on 25 October 1944. There were other massive bombing attacks, (10 October 1943 and 25 March 1945), and they left 95% of the city in ruins, including numerous churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, which have also been lovingly rebuilt and restored. The bombings, strangely, left the old Prussian barracks untouched. For the people of Münster peace is a very serious matter, and they are equally proud of the wartime bishop of Münster, Clemens August von Galen, the only Catholic bishop to condemn from the pulpit the Nazi program of euthanasia. Now beatified, he is buried in the Cathedral in a chapel behind the high alter. When you enter the Cathedral, there is a stone from Coventry, and when you enter the historical town hall, there is a stone from the Frauenkirche in Dresden. Peace matters a lot to these people. Yes, the center of the city looks old because they people were committed to rebuilding their city as a symbol of peace. But back to the Friedenssaal....
Oil portraits from the 17th century of the delegates to the conference and/or the sovereigns they represented hang on one wall (if you look close, there is even one of the very young Louis XIV, the Sun King of France). If you take time to look at the biographies of these negotiators, you really do get the feeling that individuals do make a difference in negotiating peace. And then you will understand how the rebuilding of the historical town hall was a deeply symbolic act. Official visitors to the city are always received here and offered a sip of wine from "The Golden Cock," a gold-plated silver goblet in the shape of a rooster, before they sign the "Golden Book" of the city.
A visit here needs to be prepared for in advance. Otherwise you will only see objects and not events. And a visit here with children and teens needs to be very carefully prepared for. The people in Münster are reserved and will not preach to you about peace, but they fortunately have created this space for visitors to think about what it takes to make and keep the peace. I have been there many times.
Written 28 September 2016
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