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Top Choice Museum in Osnabrück

Felix Nussbaum Haus

Osnabrück-born Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum (1904–44), who emigrated to Belgium and was murdered at Auschwitz, hauntingly documented life, exile, persecution and death under Nazi occupation in much of his work. Thi…
Top Choice Museum in Münster

LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

After a harmonious fusion of the 1908 neo-Renaissance original with an airy postmodern wing, Münster's main museum for art and culture now has the proper digs to match its prized collection of works from the Middle …
Top Choice International in Osnabrück

Tasty Kitchen by La Vie

The little sister of Osnabrück's triple Michelin-starred La Vie started out as a pop-up but the concept proved just too popular. In a meticulously renovated 600-year-old home in the heart of town, Tobias Pietzsch se…
Top Choice German in Münster

Altes Gasthaus Leve

Münster’s oldest inn (since 1607) has painted tiles, oil paintings and copper etchings that form a suitably rustic backdrop to the hearty Westphalian and German fare. Besides seasonal specials, try stalwart dishes s…
Top Choice Castle in Münster & Osnabrück

Burg Vischering

The quintessential medieval moated castle, Burg Vischering is Westphalia’s oldest (1271), and the kind that conjures romantic images of knights and damsels. Surrounded by a system of ramparts and ditches, the comple…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Münster

Kruse-Baimken

Huge trees soar over the passel of tables at this lovely beer garden right off the Promenade near the Aasee. Unsurprisingly it gets very crowded, especially as the food (mains €10 to €20) is just that much better th…
Top Choice European in Münster

Holstein's Bistro

Münster's slow-food outpost has been raising the bar of inventive seasonal fare for almost 20 years. The ever-changing menu reflects what's fresh, but there's usually a variety of soups, salads, pastas and more on o…
Top Choice Live Music in Münster

Hot Jazz Club

A fine reason to head out to the Hafen, this subterranean bar keeps it real with live music of nearly all stripes – despite the name. Many concerts are free, and comedy and improv nights also make calendar appearanc…
Cathedral in Münster

St-Paulus-Dom

The two massive towers of Münster’s cathedral match the proportions of this 110m-long structure and the vast square it overlooks. It’s a three-nave construction built in the 13th century, when Gothic architecture be…
Historic Site in Münster & Osnabrück

Varusschlacht Museum & Park Kalkriese

You don't need to be a history buff (or even a fan of Russell Crowe in Gladiator) to come to this museum and park, although by the time you leave you'll have a fine idea about how rebellious Germanic tribes won a ma…