Places of interest
Have a good time around the Aasee (Lake Aa)
The Aasee is Münster’s most central local recreation area. It’s only a 15 minute walk from the Prinzipalmarkt and offers a whole range of interesting leisure activities for young and old - from walking through sailing trips to visits to the zoo.
With its picturesque paths, the Aasee attracts promenaders, bicyclists, and inline skaters to the countryside. A boat rental, a sailing school, and two sailing clubs invite you to explore the lake from the water. The physical well-being of the trippers is catered to by coffeehouses, restaurants, and hotels all around the lake.
The park around the Aasee, comprising approximately 900.000 square metres, was awarded a prize as Europe’s most beautiful park in 2009 ("Europas schönster Park des Jahres 2009).
Whoever is on his way around the Aasee won’t get past modern art. That’s because there are a lot of sculptures around the lake that have been created by internationally renowned artists specifically for the four major sculpture exhibitions from 1977 to 2007.
During the summer months, guests are shuttled by the solar boat SOLAARIS from the city centre to the four special Aasee attractions. The Allwetterzoo (All-Weather Zoo) is best-known to many from the ARD programme "Pinguin, Löwe & Co”. Hippomax, the Westfälische Pferdemuseum (Westphalian Horse Museum) which is also located in the Allwetterzoo, is all about horses.
Alien galaxies and worlds long since past are made accessible to the visitors by the LWL-Museum für Naturkunde/Westfälisches Landesmuseum mit Planetarium (LWL Natural History Museum/Westphalian State Museum and Planetarium).