Münster is located in the North West of Germany in the North Rhine Westphalia region. York is in the centre of the UK, in the county of North Yorkshire.
As twin cities, York and Münster share many similarities and both have a lot to offer.
From Münster's Carnival and Sent Fair to York's Viking Festival and the Yorkshire Fringe, both cities have a thriving social and cultural scene that is uniquely their own.
Both cities are home to first class universities offering a wide range of courses and creating a youthful, vibrant feel to the cities. The variety of businesses, shopping outlets and eateries create a modern metropolis within the beauty of a historical setting.
Like York, once the site of a major Roman fortress, Viking headquarters and the Tudor’s Council of the North, Münster is also steeped in history. The city is known for the treaty of the peace of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years War in 1648 and for the Anabaptist rebellion.
Whereas York can boast of the famous cobbled street, the Shambles, its Mansion House, the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the Kings Manor, Münster matches these magnificent buildings with the gabled architecture of Prinzipalmarkt, its gothic Town Hall, St Lambert’s Church and the Schloss (Palace).
York’s star attraction, York Minster, dominates the city skyline just as Münster’s cathedral is a focal point in the city, around which a busy market flourishes each week. Münster was also once surrounded by medieval city walls, much as York is today; however, the scenic promenade cycle route now circles the city in their place, demonstrating Münster’s status as a cycling city.
The twinning offers the opportunity to share in these similarities and also to appreciate and enjoy the cultural contrasts found through meeting the people of these two beautiful cities. We are excited about promoting their enduring partnership.