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The traveling side of the Erasmus experience

30/10/2015 - 10:04-1 Comment by | romania flag

Among the expectations of an international student in general, and of an Erasmus student in particular, is to travel quite a lot. Being in a new country and having a lot of new friends come along with the desire to explore as much of the new spaces around you as possible.

Therefore, if traveling is high on your priorities list when going abroad, it is important to choose a destination that will give you the opportunity to visit the places you want.To be honest, I did not take this aspect into consideration when I chose Münster, but I was really lucky. Each student of the University of Münster has a Semesterticket which, besides giving you free entrances to the theater, also allows you to travel with the public transportation in all North Rhine-Westphalia without the worry of buying tickets. This includes buses and trains. So, all the Erasmus students here in Münster, myself included, started to do daytrips by train to visit the cities around.

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Personally, I started with Düsseldorf, the state capital of NRW, and the place where all the shopaholics in the world should go, but only if they are prepared to spend some money. Truth be told, Düsseldorf has a nice scenery, especially when you walk along the promenade on the Rhine and gaze in the distance at the TV and Radio tower. But its strength lies in the multitude of luxurious shops and good-looking restaurants (also in the museums, but we did not get a chance to visit them yet). My friend and I were not there to do shopping, so the highlights of our day was a boat trip on the river and the visit to the tower where we could admire the entire city from above.

Next in line were Aachen and Cologne. Traveling to Aachen means a three hour train ride for the people of Münster, but I have to admit that the charm of this city is worth it. Do your visit of the cathedral, of the city hall, and admire the architecture of the city chosen by the Charlemagne to be the centre of his empire, but do not forget about the famous Aachener Printen, a specialty of ginger bread cookies one can only find here, as their recipe is a secret well kept. We tried them and we really enjoyed them!

Cologne is the most popolous city of Rhine and, although I did manage to visit its famous cathedral, to take a romantic walk along the Rhine and to visit some great pubs, I still feel like there is more to discover. So, my plan is to come here later in November, in order to get the chance to see the Christmas Market as well. I promise I will tell you all about it when the time comes.

Next on my list is Bonn, the city where Beethoven was born and where, as far as I read, there are multiple cultural activities to be done. Also I plan to visit Essen and Bielefeld, but I think I will leave them for the beginning of the next year. One last thought before I finish: if I were to make a confession, I would have to say that with every new city I visit, despite its specific charm and the fact that I truly enjoy discovering them, I am just reminded of the beauty of Münster and of how hard I have fallen in love with the city I live in.

Tags: English Blog Post, Everyday Life, German Cities, Leisure Time, Society & Culture, Transportation

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    Hi Cezara,

    my name is Marcos and I am from Brazil.

    I have a change to spend about 3 month in German next year and I am thinking to live or in Munster or in Dusseldorf. Which of the cities do you recommend?

    I will go to study German in a language School. I am 28 year old and I hope to know new place, new people (as I will go alone).

    I have read about Munster already and I am afraid that is too small and there is much things to do there. On other hand, Dusseldorf is bigger, but more expansive.

    Could you give me some advice?

    Thanks a lot!

    Comment by Marcos created 03/12/2017 - 21:30

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