What to do in Münster with kids? Basically, there is enough to do in this city to have a good time with your kids for at least a day. The city is a two-hour drive from Utrecht, making it easy to visit in a day trip. Many Dutch tourists also visit the city in the period before Christmas as there are as many as five different Christmas markets in the city then. There are also plenty of fun activities in town for kids. We list for you the best sights and activities in Münster with kids .
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Münster with kids #1: Allwetterzoo Münster
Münster Zoo is located in the southwestern part of the city, and by streetcar you can get there in twenty minutes from the city center. The zoo’s name refers to the many indoor enclosures the zoo has, allowing you to visit the zoo in all weather conditions. Thus, in addition to all the indoor enclosures, the zoo has an indoor walking trail of more than a kilometer. This allows you to continue admiring the animals even in the rain without getting wet.
The zoo has a fair number of large animals such as the elephant, lion, bear, tiger, zebra, giraffe, crocodile and several monkeys including the gorilla. What also makes the zoo so much fun for kids is the number of playgrounds present throughout the zoo. In all, there are as many as seven playgrounds at the zoo, with most of them located next to a food court. This makes it ideal for parents to eat or drink at their leisure while the kids are playing in the nearby playground.
Another great advantage of the zoo is that you can get very close to several animals. For example, it is possible to feed the elephants, you can walk around in the monkeys’ and parrots’ enclosure and you can walk among the penguins. Furthermore, at the zoo you can go to the sea lion show, there is an aquarium and kids can learn to ride mechanical horses.
You should soon count at least half a day for visiting this zoo, but it is also perfectly possible to spend a full day there. Especially if you go for an extensive lunch and your kids have a good time in the various playgrounds. For more information on opening hours, ticket prices and different animals, take a look at the zoo’s German-language website.
Münster with kids #2: Münster’s green promenade
The nice thing about Münster is that around the center is a whole green strip. Therefore, you can actually walk in all directions from the center and walk among the greenery within ten minutes. You can make a full circle around downtown among the trees on the city’s boardwalk by bike or on foot. This circle has a length of 4.5 kilometers. For a list of all rental bike providers check the city’s website. Around this boardwalk you have several fun playgrounds located, where you can make a nice stop.
As you tour the green boardwalk, you also pass a large lake. You can also bike along this lake (Aasee) just fine. On the lake itself, on a warm day here you can take a boat trip on a tour boat or take a boat or paddleboat out on the lake yourself. You can also have a nice picnic with the family along the water’s edge. You will also find fun playgrounds around this lake, such as Mecklenbecker Strasse.
Another beautiful garden that is just slightly off the boardwalk route (an extra 2 minutes of cycling) is the city’s Botanical Garden. Near the castle which is located here is a botanical garden that is free to enter. You also have a barefoot trail in this botanical garden for the kids.
Münster with kids #3: exploring the city center
Of course, during a city break to Münster with kids, you should also take a look at the city center. This historic downtown is largely car-free and you can do some great shopping here (if you are a fan of this, of course). It is also fun to take a look at the historic buildings in the center such as the Münster Cathedral and the Rathaus. In the center you have plenty of terraces in the various squares to grab a bite to eat and a drink.
If you are short on time and still want to see much of the city of Münster with kids, the city’s hop on hop off bus is a great option. This bus takes you on a one-hour round trip and stops at 12 different places in the city. The round trip on this hop on hop off bus is also included when you purchase the Münster card, which you can find more information about at the bottom of this blog in the other information section.
Münster with kids: museums in the city
There are a number of museums in the city that have family-friendly elements. However, you and your kids must be a fan of museums, otherwise the question is whether you should visit these museums in Münster with your family. We discuss some of them.
#4 LWL-Museum für Naturkunde: this is a fairly large museum, where you can, of course, admire many stuffed animals. The museum is located near the Münster Zoo and you can easily spend a few hours here if you want to admire all the exhibits. In addition to many stuffed animals, there are a number of dinosaur and mammoth skeletons. A disadvantage of the museum is that the information at most exhibits is only in the German language. They sell discounted family tickets for the museum. The museum also has a restaurant where you can get something to eat and drink. The same building also houses a Planetarium. You pay a separate entrance fee for this.
#5 Open Air Museum: this museum is also located on Lake Aasee and is next to the Münster Zoo. The village has about twenty different old houses and a mill. The village is not super big and if you don’t have much time in Münster you can skip this open-air museum just fine.
Münster with kids #6: Christmas market
The city of Münster’s Christmas market consists of no less than five different Christmas markets found in the city center. For the kids, there are several merry-go-rounds in the squares where they can take a ride, and in addition, during this period in the center you will find a Christmas manger, a 6-meter-high wooden pyramid, a fairy world and no fewer than 300 different stalls that provide a cheerful Christmas atmosphere.
The Christmas market starts in the last week of November and ends when Christmas begins. The market is then open daily from about 11 in the morning until 8/21 in the evening. The period when the Münster Christmas Market is held is therefore a great time to visit Münster with kids.
Where to sleep in Münster with kids
Budget hotel: Flowers Hotels
Middle class hotel: Mövenpick Hotel Münster
Luxury hotel: Hotel Haus vom Guten Hirten
To search for other hotels in Münster with kids click here for the whole list of hotels.
Further information Münster with kids
Münster map: online you can pre-order a map of the city, which allows you to travel on public transportation for free, visit a number of attractions for free, rent bikes for free, take a free canal cruise, use the city’s hop on hop off bus, take a free tour of the city and get discounts on various attractions. Check the website to see what all you can use the card for and if it is advantageous for your family.
If you visit the city of Münster by car, you will need an environmental sticker. These can be ordered from the ANWB website and will be sent to you within 5 days. To do this, you need to enter the car’s registration number and report code (found on the registration certificate) and then the correct color will be selected.