Muenster is a lively, cosmopolitan city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The city center is almost entirely pedestrianized, with the ‘Leeze’, the Muensteran term for the bicycle, reigning supreme: on average, there are two bicycles for every Muenster inhabitant! The entire city is a network of bicycle paths and lanes, and is enclosed within a cycle path around what used to be the medieval city walls. Expats living in Muenster have much to explore, with the main shopping street, the Prinzipalmarkt, home to the Town Hall, where for example the Peace of Westphalia was signed in 1648, ending the Thirty Years’ War. An astronomical clock dating from 1540 is housed in the Cathedral of St Paul, which was built in the late Romanesque and early Gothic styles. The Ludgeri quarter contains many restaurants, pubs and cafés, and the old docklands area, the Kreativkai waterfront, is a prominent city night spot, with trendy clubs and restaurants. An expatriate living in Muenster may join InterNations, the global online community of expats who, as registered member, may network via the InterNations portal to find business and social contacts in Muenster and beyond.
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The Münster-Osnabrück Regional Airport receives flights from European destinations, and is connected to the city by train, whilst Duesseldorf International Airport is some eighty minutes from Muenster via the autobahn network. The efficient German intercity train system serves Muenster, whilst the local suburbs are covered by an almost 24 hour bus service. However, even with the best transport network available, relocation to another country can be a daunting prospect, even for the seasoned expat. As a member of InterNations any expatriate moving to Muenster has the expertise of thousands of fellow members to call upon for advice as needed. InterNations' Expat Magazine gives further, general advice on the relocation process and what it involves, and it covers many more relevant topics of interest not only to expats in Muenster.
Muenster is known as the “creative desk of Westphalia” due to its proliferation of publishing, design, and computer-based companies, whilst retail and service industries form a significant part of the Muenster economy. Scientific research, specializing in nano-biotechnology and life sciences, also takes place in Muenster, and the city is home to the University of Muenster and the University of Applied Sciences. InterNations members include leading academics and business professionals, and expatriates working in Muenster may locate others of a similar standing via the online forums on the InterNations website, including members in Germany and Muenster itself.