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Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Münster is well known for its beautiful city center and the large number of bicycles and students. Founded in 793 Münster ranks among the historical cities of Germany. The Prinzipalmarkt with the Lamberti Church and the City Hall housing the Treaty of Westphalia, as well as the Cathedral and the Market Square are just a few of the internationally significant architectural monuments from the last 800 years. The city has about 300,000 residents. About 55,000 students shape the face of Münster. The unique atmosphere of the city makes Münster one of the most liveable cities in the world, a title that was officially given to Münster by the international LivCom-Award in 2004.

Münster is also most well known as the location of the Anabaptist rebellion during the Protestant Reformation, as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War in 1648.

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University of Münster

The University of Münster is one of the leading research universities in Germany. With about 45,000 students it is also one of the largest universities in Germany. The university has strong international links which include partnership agreements with in excess of 400 universities from around the world.

Conference venue is the historic Schloss (Palace), built as residence of prince-bishop Max Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels between 1767 and 1787 by Johann Conrad Schlaun and Wilhelm Ferdinand Lipper, and is now the administrative center of the university.


The airport Münster-Osnabrück (airport code: FMO) is located about 30 km in the north of Münster and offers national and international connections (e.g. Istanbul, London, and Zurich). In particular, there exist good connecting flights to Frankfurt and Munich. From Airport Frankfurt it is also possible to take a train to Münster.

Bus service (S50 express bus, D50 direct bus, and R51 regional bus) to Münster main railway station is available in front of the airport building which costs about 6 Euros. You can find further information in the time table. Taxis are certainly available, but very expensive (about 45 Euros to the main railway station).

The third largest German airport in Düsseldorf (after Frankfurt and Munich) is 120km southwest of Münster and has an own railway station with connections to Münster.


Münster is well connected by train to important European urban centers and all major German cities. Please check the time table of Deutsche Bahn (German Railways).

Important: You should specifiy the destination by "Muenster" or "Münster". Please do not use the name "Munster" since there are several German cities named Munster, which are in no way related to the conference city Münster. The main railway station in Münster is officially named as "Münster (Westfalen) Hauptbahnhof" (Hauptbahnhof = main station) and is often shortened as "Münster (Westf) Hbf".

Please take the main entrance of the railway station. Then, you will find many public busses and taxis. A taxi ride to any hotel in the city center costs about 10 Euros. A map of the conference venue and the reccommended hotels can be found here.