Uni Munster Castle (1)

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The Fürstbischöfliches Schloss (“Prince Bishop’s Castle”) in Münster is the main building and symbol of the Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität (University of Münster), located in the northeastern part of Germany, in the region known as North Rhine-Westphalia.

Constructed between 1767 and 1787, the baroque palace was originally built for Maximilian Friedrich von Koenigsegg-Rothfels, then the Prince-Bishop of Münster. Designed by Johann Conrad Schlaun, considered to be one of the greatest German baroque architects, the castle was badly damaged during World War II; after being reconstructed, it became the seat of Uni Münster in 1954.

Today it is a favorite tourist destination in this university city, being located west of downtown in the Schlossplatz (Palace Square). Finding the Schloss is quite easy, for if you are to look at a map of Münster, the castle is situated at the eastern end of a star-shaped moat that goes around the rest of the grounds (see photo below). Also, if you are to pass by, take a look through the main front doors, as there is an impressive mural just to the left.