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) on your holiday in Muenster, and find out what else Muenster has to offer, use our Muenster trip planner .
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  • A visit is worthwhile and is really impressive. Again and again, organ concerts take place.
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  • We were very impressed! "Unfortunately", a small prayer began with supper after our arrival. Therefore we have not here so long delayed us.
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  • We are not as the culture freaks, but the Cathedral is worth a visit in any case. Very conveniently located in the Centre, from there you can move just fine.
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  • Very interesting historical place. Read many a book in my teenage years about the role of Munster during the reformation so it was great to see the reality.
  • Wonderful But not even close to our Dom in Osnabrück 😉😉
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful place, definitely worth the visit. Take the time to really see the detail and grandeur of the place.
  • Lovely cathedral, well-kept and nicely heated in the winter.
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