Münster is located in the North West of Germany in the North Rhine Westphalia region. As twin cities, York and Münster share many similarities and both have a lot to offer!
From Munster's Carnival and Send 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; Known for the treaty of the peace of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years War in 1648 and for the Anabaptist rebellion.
Where York can boast of the famous cobbled street “The Shambles”, it’s Mansion House, the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and The Kings Manor, Münster matches these magnificent buildings with the gabled architecture of Prinzipalmarkt, it’s 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 but also to revel in the cultural contrasts found through meeting the people of these two beautiful cities! We are excited about promoting the enduring partnership between these two incredible cities.