Lodgings are easy to find in Münster and vicinity: The local tourist office lists nearly 100 hotels, B&Bs, and other places to stay in the city and its suburbs.
The bad news is that accommodations in the Altstadt (the part of the city of most interest to visitors) are in short supply. The official hotel map has only eight listings inside the Promenade. Fortunately, there's another batch of hotels near the railroad station (within easy walking distance of the old town), and a number of other hotels aren't too far from the major sights.
Lodgings in the Altstadt include:
(3 stars superior)
Just across the Promenade from the old town, the Designhotel Mauritzhof (four stars, see illustrated article) offers comfortable, high-style modern rooms overlooking the green belt. It's only a two-block walk from the railroad station.
Closer to the station, the four-star Hotel Kaiserhof (where we stayed) has comfortable rooms and serves a good buffet breakfast.
Several other hotels are near the railroad station, and many others are around the city's periphery. Some, such as the Romantik Hotel "Hof zer Linde" and the Renaissance Hotel Schloss Wilkinghege with its wedding chapel and pond (see illustrated article), offer a cozy experience for motorists who don't mind a short commute to the sights.
Our booking partner, Venere, represents one Münster hotel: the Akzent Hotel Wersestürm'ken in the outlying village of Handorf, northeast of the city center. The hotel has parking, rents bicycles to guests, and is 10 minutes from the Münster railroad station by bus. It also has handicapped facilities and rooms for guests with allergies.
To search for accommodations, use the e-form on the Münster tourist office's Hotels page or see the Münster hotel listings at our discount booking partner (and Europe's largest reservations service), Booking.com.
If you arrive in Münster without a reservation, don't panic: Visit the Münster Information office on Heinrich-Brüning-Strasse in the center of town, and the booking staff will help you find a room. (We watched as the booking department's team leader spent at least 20 minutes seeking a room for one young couple at the height of the Christmas Market season.)
The Jugendgästehaus am Aasee is the official DJH youth hostel in Münster. It has a day room, a cafeteria/bistro, handicapped facilities, and bicyles for rent. The hostel is located slightly outside but within walking distance of the old town, on the south side of the Aasee. It's served by bus lines 10 and 34 (get off at the Hoppendamm stop).
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Photos: Mauritzerhof and Schloss Wilkinghege hotels
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