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Munster (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany is located in Central Europe with Berlin as its capital city. The German language was once the lingua franca of central, eastern and northern Europe. It is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G8, Group of 8, and the G4, Group of 4, nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state. Germany is one of the largest European economies and the third largest economy in the world in real terms.
Munster is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. In the middle Ages, Munster was a leading member of the Hanseatic League. The signing of the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 at Munster and Osnabruck ended the thirty years war and was one of the foundations upon which modern Europe was built. In 2003, Munster hosted the Central European Olympiad in Informatics. In 2004, Munster won the LivCom-Award for Liveable Communities.
Some of Munster’s notable attractions are the Saint Paul's Cathedral, built in the 13th century in a mixture of late Romanesque and early Gothic styles. The 14th century Prinzipalmarkt, the marketplace in the city centre with the Gothic town hall in which the Peace of Westphalia treaty which put an end to the Thirty Years' War was signed in 1648, the 14th century Saint Lambert's Church , the 18th century Schloss or palace, the administrative centre for the University.
Its other places of interest include the University Geology and Paleontology Museum, the Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History, the University bible museum, City Museum or Stadtmuseum, the University Mineralogical Museum, Westphalian Horse Museum or Hippomax, the Muhlenhof open-air museum, the Westphalian Museum for Natural History, State museum and planetarium, the West Prussian State Museum or Drostenhof Wolbeck, the Museum of Lacquer Art, the Pablo Picasso Museum of Graphic Art, the 18th century University of Munster or Westphalian Wilhelms-University, and Fachhochschule Munster.
Tourism in Germany has expanded since the end of World War II, and many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history. The countryside exhibits a pastoral aura, while its cities exhibit both a modern and classical feel.

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