Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), Muenster

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The historic astronomical clock is the main draw at Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), a 13th-century church. In addition to being the city's main church, this cathedral is known for its artwork and the tomb of Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, too. But clock-watchers can see the astronomical clock's hands follow the sun in a counterclockwise direction on its 24-hour face. The main hand indicates the time, and the six minor hands reveal the position of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Mercury, and the moon. At noon, the clock's door opens, and three wise men figures come out to bow to Mary and baby Jesus, then vanish through the next door. Tours are available but must be arranged in advance. The church is active and open for services as well. To visit Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom) and other attractions in Muenster, use our Muenster family vacation planner.
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  • A large monumental Cathedral, some very interesting beauties, a must for those who come to this city.
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  • Cathedral to see if you are out there passing. A quite different architecture that you can see in France and a very nice clock inside
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  • The church had had a lot of developments in past centuries. That is all thoroughly explained. Part of it has been bombed, and is restaured after WWII. It is a place you should not miss, if you visit M...  more »
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  • It was much much nicer than what I expected. Cathedral is way different to what you always find inside German churches. There are amazing stained-glass windows and sculptures inside, displayed in a sort of artistic way rather than the usual boring-church-style, and together with the astronomical clock and the graveyard, it makes the cathedral a special place. If you're interested in arts and architecture, this place is a must in Münster. On top of that, on weekends a local market takes place in the square next to the Cathedral.
  • Wonderful historic Cathedral. A lot of Paintings and Sculptures Art. The musical sound of organ was amazing. And it is nice to see and attend while the people do their prays.
  • This is a beautiful old Cathedral and a must see both from the outside as well as the inside
  • I found it amazing that free tours were offered in 4 different languages just like that there.- great stuff! Learnt a lot in a short amount of time. Check out the great clockwork at midday
  • Very nice historical place.. I generally admire Munster's fast recovery. Since those times..

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