Münster Peace Hall

There aren’t a whole lot of sightseeing landmarks that you can knock out in Münster when it’s cold — walk around the Aasee while it’s snowing? No, thanks — but one option is the Friedensaal in the Altstadt. This is where a treaty was created to end the Thirty Years War in 1648. We mostly ignored the important historical significance of the room and spent time laughing at the non-flattering portraits hanging on the wall.

Most of the interior was removed before the city was bombed in WWII.

Most of the interior was removed before the city was bombed in WWII.

Silver rooster. Used for science.

Silver rooster. Used for science.

This would likely hurt a lot if it fell on you.

This would likely hurt a lot if it fell on you.

This looks like a good place to get some treaty-ing done.

A good place to get some treaty-ing done.

It costs 2 euros to enter, which seems like sort of a lot considering you’re just looking at an old room. We got there 20 minutes before closing, and when I asked the ladies working at the front desk if we would need more than 20 minutes, they laughed at me. Regardless, I would say that the severed human hand is worth the price of admission.

Old shoe and severed hand accent pieces. $49.99 at Pier One.

Old shoe and severed hand accent pieces. $49.99 at Pier One.

Apologies for the poor quality of the photos – no flash allowed, lest it wake the hand and cause it to start crawling around.

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