The name Neumünster is derived from the latin "novam monasterium" (new monastery). Founded in 1127 as a monastery the city grew rapidly in the second half of the 19th century as a center of industry (iron works, leather and textile industry, railroad service workshops). Today the city's economy is based on a modern mix of industries. Approximately 40 percent of the city were destroyed by allied bombings in World War II so there is no historic district today.
Since the 19th century Neumünster is an important hub for street and railroad traffic in Schleswig-Holstein.
Neumünster is connected via four exits to the Autobahn A7 (Hamburg-Flensburg) and via highways B430 and B205 as well by smaller roads to other cities in Schleswig-Holstein. For visiting events in "Holstenhalle" use the exit Neumünster-Nord to avoid driving through the city.
Regional train (Schleswig-Holstein-Bahn SHB) connections to: Heide (and further to Büsum/Northsea)
Regional train (Nordbahn) connections to: Bad Oldesloe (and further to Lübeck with Deutsche Bahn AG)
Regional train (AKN) to Kaltenkirchen and Hamburg
Lübeck is connected by train only via Bad Oldesloe by Nordbahn trains.
Caution: Neumünster has three railway stations - Hauptbahnhof (central station), Südbahnhof (southern station) and Neumünster-Stadtwald. All train services serve Hauptbahnhof. AKN and Nordbahn are serving Südbahnhof, too. SHB serves Neumünster-Stadtwald, too. (For all AKN, SHB and Nordbahn trains Hauptbahnhof is the final destination.) When you have to change trains from AKN, Nordbahn or SHB to another train service make sure that you do not leave your train too early at Südbahnhof or Neumünster-Stadtwald!
Hamburg airport is the nearest public airport and is connected to Neumünster by a special motor coach ("Kielius" ) operated hourly by Autokraft. There is a reduced price for return tickets. Tickets have to be bought by the driver. (Caution: they do not accept credit cards!)
The remainders of a World War II airforce base are used as a privat airport for small private planes and helicopters.
Lübeck airport can be reached by train via Lübeck main station.
By bus within the city and to some suburbian villages. Bus services usually end at about 20:00 hrs. The city and the surrounding landscape is very flat and convenient for bicyclists. Taxi is good but expensive.
Gerisch Skulpturenpark, Brachenfelder Straße 69, . Sculpture park and cafe.edit
Tuch + Technik Textil Museum, Kleinflecken 1, . Museum about the textile industry in Neumünster with rotating exhibits on technology. Also has a fascinating exhibit on the history of Neumünster from the Stone Age until today.edit
"Holstenköste" : the largest but one city fiesta in Schleswig-Holstein only topped by Kieler Woche. 4 days in June with some 200.000 visitors.
"Weinköste" : a smaller fiesta on the subject of wine and eating in September.
Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival : several concerts of the festival take place in Neumünster, especially in the "Holstenhalle", a big hall usually used for conventions and cattle auctions. (Leonard Bernstein once praised its outstanding acoustics. Not kidding!)
NordBau : one of Germany's largest fairs for constructional engineering.
Equestrian sports: several important events take place in the "Holstenhalle" .
Neumünster is an important shopping center for the whole region. Besides a lot of shops in the inner city there are are a shopping mall in the west ("Freesencenter", ) and "DOC", a big designer outlet center in the south ). Weekly markets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at "Grossflecken" in the inner city.
A lot of restaurants of all styles and price levels are available.
"Postkeller": the oldest restaurant in town (founded in 1877) located in the basement of the old post office (Grossflecken 29). Food is fine, portions are generous and inexpensive. Open from 11:00 to 23:00 hrs. All meals are served from 12:00 to 23:00 hrs. It's also a café and a bar and sometimes cramped.
"Klatsch Palais" : opposite to "Postkeller" on Grossflecken. Café, restaurant, bar. Provides a special smokers' area.
"Feuerstein" : cheap and generous meals from 12:00 to 23:00. (corner Kleinflecken/Mühlenhof).
"Kröger's" : opposite to main station; cheap and generous meals from 12:00 to 23:00
"Am Kamin" : fine cousine, a little bit more expensive
"Südbahnhof" ): located in a former railway station. (AKN and Nordbahn trains still stop in front of the restaurant.) Café, bar and restaurant. Except in winter you can enjoy the big open air pub garden.
"Glaushaus" : a few kilometers outside (Willingrade/Gross-Kummerfeld). Famous for its several types of roast venison.