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Juneathon Day 3: Münster

It wasn’t quite a regular Saturday yesterday. For over six months, we were looking forward to that day as we would be going to Munster, Germany. Not that Munster was ever a top destination on our list. But there was one difference yesterday: Anna Netrebko was performing there, at the open air opera recital at the Munster Castle courtyard. Ever since our first summer in 2008 when we travelled to see (and listen to) Netrebko, Villazon and Domingo in Schonbrunn, Austria, we knew we would try to attend a similar event again.

So when I spotted the Gipfeltreffen der Stars tickets in pre-sale last November (!), I spent the Christmas budget in one online credit card transaction.

The weather forecast was promising everything but sunshine, at one point there were snow clouds expected. Well, no elements could stop us from unpacking the evening gowns from the cupboards  – we just added 2 supersize umbrella’s and long winter coats.

After arriving to Munster, it was actually dry and sunny and we had about 4 hours to the event so we walked to check the castle surroundings to find out more about the location. First of all, we were thrilled to discover that our hotel was merely 922 m away from the venue entrance (thank you, Garmin!). The stage was already there and the stars were practicing. Jonas Kaufmann was last minuted substituted by Ramon Vargas but Anna was there).

We had enough time to walk through the historical city centre and even spotted some wildlife:

Turns out Munster is actually a very nice place to walk around. We bumped into many nice historical buildings but also shops, café’s, restaurants. The city is well kept, green and pedestrian friendly. The weather was still so good that we actually decided to conquer a bench in front of the castle so that we could listen to Anna rehearsing as we were chewing our dinner sandwiches. Already at that point, it was a perfect day.

Back in the hotel, we dressed up (the sun was still shining and for a moment I was convinced the winter coats were a nonsense) and slowly walked (heels slower than running shoes) to the castle. Of course there was enough time to enjoy the sunset and the fact that we were sitting practically AT the stage:

The concert was great. I know I am slightly biased but hey, this is my blog. (The winter coats were necessary, umbrella’s remained unpacked).

The ‘afterparty’ was twofold: first a quick coffee in a smelly Italian restaurant on our way back to the hotel and then the champagne part… So this morning I woke up with a hangover and a hammering sound in my head (rain drops). Somehow I managed to get up, look up my running gear and hit the road. It is Juneathon after all. Luckily I was well prepared: I googled some walking/running paths in Munster prior to our trip and as my head was still aching, I simply followed the paths. First the Promenade, a famous 4.5 km round path around the city centre:

It was all green and car free and the leaves kept me dry while running.

And then the second loop, a 6 km long path around the Aasee lake:

I connected both the routes to one 10.2 km door-to-door run, returning to the hotel wet and happy, just in time for breakfast. And then we packed, checked out and hit the road again, equipped with 2 kg of fresh strawberries from the nearby strawberry farm. A good weekend!

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14 thoughts on “Juneathon Day 3: Münster

  1. Just nice? No. It was excellent!

  2. What a wonderful day.
    Very impressed you got up and ran! looks very pretty.

  3. How wonderful being able to explore those two new routes, I can’t wait to go on holiday next week to see some new scenery… it’s a runners dream isn’t it?! I love that road you ran on the promenade… lined with trees, just beautiful!
    The concert also looked fantastic, good thing you brought your winter coats… knowing me I would have been one of the ones to leave it at the hotel (seeing sunshine I tend to be a little over optimistic). Have a great run tomorrow, are you back home?

    • Yep, new routes break the routine nicely indeed. We are back and at work – no bank holiday over here. And it is raining again. Perhaps we keep the winter coats ready…

  4. The best thing about trips away is discovering new routes, particularly wonderfully scenic ones like those. What a great weekend you had!

    • It indeed brings a new dimension to our travelling. We are heading to South France in two weeks time (Juneathon still on by then) and I am already checking Google Earth for good running paths… Happy running!

      • I’m doing the same for a weekend away in July and our main holiday in America in September! Think we definately have the running bug…

  5. Yes, must be. Will you be running a race in America?

    • I am thinking about it. An old school friend of mine emigrated there with her family and has just started running so I’m hoping to meet up with her and do something.

      • Awesome. Next time we are in Prague (where I come from), I will be running a 10km night race downtown. Hopefully some old friends will join.

      • A night race sounds lovely… I’d never really thought of Holland as a holiday destination but with all the pics you have posted I am starting to look into it for a weekend break. The ferry from Harwich is only an hour away from me and goes straight into the Hague. If I get something sorted I’ll let you know and perhaps we can meet up for a run.

      • Whenever you are in Holland, I would be happy to show you some running paths around (and pubs).

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