A popular local recreation destination in Münster is the Aasee lake and its 90-hectare park all around it. In 2008, the Aaseepark was named Germany's most beautiful park and in 2009 even Europe's most beautiful park.
Around the man-made reservoir, you can relax on the Aasee Terraces, for example. Concerts are also held here, including the annual open-air festival. Sculptures are also exhibited around the Aasee. The billiard balls by Claes Oldenburg are the most famous exhibit and are indispensable.
The sports on offer at the Aasee range from ball sports to horse riding, and from boating to jogging. There is an 8-kilometre circular path around the Aasee. At the Overschmidt yachting school you can rent pedal boats, rowing boats and paddle boats or take sailing courses. In addition, several regattas take place each year, and you can watch them. However, you will not have to go swimming: The water quality is too poor for swimming in the lake!
At the Sentruper Höhe Sports Park, which is open all year round, you can play handball, volleyball, hockey, tennis, beach volleyball, boules, pétanque, boccia, croquet, badminton, table tennis and bacon board, a tennis-like sport, in indoor and outdoor facilities. There is also a large chess board to play on in the sports park, as well as a gymnastics room and athletics facilities.
For those who don't like the sports on offer, they can visit the nearby Allwetterzoo Münster, for example.
How to get there
You can park at the Allwetterzoo car park in Sentruperstraße or at the Aaseeterrassen car park in Anette-Allee. There are a total of six parking spaces around the lake.
Take bus line14 in the direction of the zoo and get off at the Goldene Brücke station. From there it's a short way to the Aasee Park.
If you take bus line 10 in the direction of Roxel Hallenbad, get off either at Bismarckallee, Jugendgästehaus Aasee, Huberstraße, Bonhoefferstraße or Vorländerweg.