Mayday Münster

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Next Monday we celebrate Mayday but many of us just use it is an excuse to enjoy another holiday. And Westphalian’s in the German city of Münster are no different. Except they do things on a grander scale.

The Münster’s Prinzipalmarkt is transformed into an open-air dining room: From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the 3rd of May, the local shopkeepers and landlords invite any and everybody in the area to what is called a Hanseatic Repast. On tables measuring one hundred metres long, they personally serve their guests with traditional Westphalian open sandwiches, beer and wine.

The shops in the city centre and in the area around the train station also open from 1 to 6 pm, which helps to encourage some additional shopping from people, now replete with sandwiches and beer.  As a memento of this once-a-year event, shopkeepers and traders distribute bright red “Hansa Bags” in a special Münster design to all their customers.

It isn’t just shopping and eating and drinking that attract visitors to the city on the holiday weekend. Free guided city tours  trace the steps of the Hansa to old and new sites within the historical Old Town and the guides give all sorts of fascinating facts from nearly 700 years of Hanseatic history The Hansa room in the Stadtmuseum is also open on this day for visitors to enjoy.

For more information about Münster, click here.


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