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Münster

German location
NameMünster
Administration
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
Districturban
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BrgermeisterMarkus Lewe
PartyCDU
Governing partyNone (After 2009 local elections, neither did a party secure a majority of seats nor did any permanent coalition of parties emerge. Party "alliances" occur, but only on an issue-to-issue basis)
Basic statistics
Area (km2)302.89
Elevation (m)60
Population273984
Founded793
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateMS
Postal code48143 48167
Area code0251
02501 (Hiltrup, Amelsbüren)
02506 (Wolbeck, Angelmodde)
02533 (Nienberge)
02534 (Roxel)
02536 (Albachten)

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Münster (-deˈmʏnstɐ-) is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. It is also capital of the local government region Münsterland. The city is best known as the location of the Anabaptist rebellion during the Protestant Reformation, as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War in 1648, and as the bicycle capital of Germany.

Münster gained the status of a Großstadt (major city) with more than 100,000 inhabitants in 1915. Currently there are around 270,000 people living in the city, with about 48,500 students, only some of whom are recorded in the official population statistics as having their primary residence in Münster.


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