Today, Ashford and Einstein students got the chance to explore the city of Münster: City of Bikes!
After attending morning classes, students met at the “Red E” and boarded our bus to Münster! After an hour drive, we arrived at Fürstbischöfliches Schloss Münster, which is an old castle that is currently used as administrative offices for Münster University. Students got the chance to explore the city via scavenger hunt here as they raced around to different historical landmarks and completed their assigned tasks. Students reflected on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and collected data for their projects! Some tasks directed them to different landmarks around the city, some taught them about the history of Münster, and others were just plain fun!
On our tour, we were directed to a number of hugely important historical landmarks and learned more about the history of Münster. For example, we learned that Münster was home to incredible historical events such as the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. This important peace treaty brought an end to the Thirty Years War and the Eighty Years War. It’s also thought to be one of the foundational treaties of international relations and was the basis on which modern Europe was built: a great place to reflect on UN Goal 17- Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions!
While we wandered around the city, we also noticed that there weren’t very many cars within the city walls. Münster is home to over 500,000 bikes, which averages out to 2 bikes per resident! There are over 450 km of bike paths, and many residents see biking as a way to travel sustainably without harming the environment. It also makes the city very easy to walk around in, and the landmarks easier to see. It was great to see a city working so hard towards UN Goal 11, and a great place for data collection!
We even got the chance to stop and sample more German pastries, such as Berliners (similar to a type of Jelly doughnut), German pretzels, and American Cookies (NY Style Black and White Cookie) Many of our students are learning to love German bakeries, which have been available on just about every corner!
The scavenger hunt company will send us some fun pictures the students took while exploring the city, and we will add them to our slideshow as they come in! It was great fun to watch students get the chance to explore the city while also learning about the history.