Münster main station (Münster Hauptbahnhof) is connected well to the German IC network. Get there for instance directly via Dortmund, Hamburg or Bremen (and other cities as well). At Münster main station take a bus (line 14), heading to 'Zoo' and exit at the final station (Zoo).
Motorways A 1 or A 43, from the Münster city limits there are signposts that lead you directly to the Zoo. More than 3,000 parking places are available here (3 Euro per day, status: 2014).
There are long distance bus connections from all over Germany to Münster. The busses stop at the main station. From here take a bus (line 14), heading to 'Zoo' and exit at the final station (Zoo).
During the summer season there is a very special kind of arrival: by boat. The boat 'Solaaris' is operated with solar power and crosses the Aasee hourly (the lake right next to the Zoo). This is a perfect connection between the Münster city center and the Zoo.
Various opening hours – see text for details
In the Allwetterzoo Münster (All Weather Zoo) the most important ways between the (roofed) compounds are roofed as well, hence the visitors can get there at any time of the year and in any weather.
The zoo in its current concept was established in 1974, but the original zoo was founded 100 years before, in 1875. There are numerous compounds where the visitors can view the animals immediately, such as elephants (the visitors are invited to feed them at certain schedules), feeding of the seals, monkeys and a large aviary with aras, loris and other birds.
A petting zoo with goats, sheep, donkeys, ponys and a pig completes the experience for big and small people. For having a break there is a large restaurant, a cafeteria as well as numerous bistros and kiosks all over the area.
On a plain of approx. 30 hectare more than 300 animal species (and more than 3,000 animals) can be viewed. The main attractions are
• The Great Apes House with chimpanzees, gorillas, mangabeys and ring-tailed lemurs.
• The Lions House with lions, bornean bay cats and flying foxes.
• The Bears House with coati-mundis, syrian brown bears and malayan sun bears.
• The Aquarium with fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
• The Elephants House with asian elephants, rhinos and suricates.
• The Tropics House with flying foxes, tamarins and bali starlings.
• The "Robbenhaven" (seals harbour) with californian sea lions and penguines.
Furthermore there's a petting zoo for the kids, a couple of accessible compounds (like monkeys or parrots) and several compounds for giraffes, shorebirds, tigers cheetahs and leopards as well as a large "Africa" compound with zebras, blackbucks, gazelles, springboks, ostrichs and pelicans.
The opening hours vary: the zoo opens daily (there are no days off!) at 9 am, and basically it closes one hour after the closure of the ticket office (status 2014:
• from April to September the ticket office closes at 6 pm
• in October and March it closes at 5 pm
• from November to February it closes at 4 pm.
The animal houses close half an hour after the closure of the ticket office.
Escape Address: Sentruper Straße 315, 48161, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Being in Münster should mean viewing the city as well (and not only the zoo). The city center is waiting with amazing places and houses, such as the 'Prinzipalmarkt' with the historic city hall and numerous patrician houses, the cathedral, the Lamberti church, Spiekerhof and way more. There are hundreds or thousands of facets of the city to be discovered.
Münster can justifiably so be considered the "bike city". 35 - 40% of the daily rides in the city are made by bicycle. The network of bicycle paths inside the city is more than 300 km long, hence it's very comfortable for cyclers to be in Münster. Ascending slopes are really rare, and the most destinations are inside a radius of less than 5 km (comfortably accessible by bike). Additionally Münster is a significant junction of several long distance cycle trails.
The westphalian style of cooking is a regional cuisine in the region of Westphalia. In the broadest sense it's part of the North German cuisine, but rather than at the coast, the Westphalian cuisine doesn't really use fish. The typical "fatty, sweet and warm" is not as distincted as e. g. in Lower Saxony or Schleswig-Holstein, but it's tastable for sure. Typical dishes are meat pastry, broad beans with bacon or numerous stews.