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Bundesland: Niedersachsen Lower Saxony
Landkreis: Heidekreis  



el: Μούνστερ
bg, mk, ru, sr, uk: Мунстер

2965 Munster Munster is situated at an elevation of 73 m on the river Örtze in the Lüneburger Heide (Lüneburg Heath) region of Lower Saxony, almost exactly halfway between Hamburg and Hannover. The city is located between the Germn Army's training areas Munster-Nord and Munster-Süd. According to the number of stationed soldiers, the combined training area is the largest of the German Army and the fourth in size of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces). The municipality of Munster has a population of about 14,800 (2012).

Munster was first mentioned in 1252 in a list of domains in possession of he bishopric of Verden. The original document is lost but a copy of it made in the mid 19th century is still kept in the library of the cathedral school of Verden. The army training area Munster-Süd opened in 1893. In 1956 Munster became a garrison town of the German Army and since about 1990 is Germany's largest of its kind. In 1967 Munster officially obtained the status of a town. Until 1977 the town was part of the district Soltau, thereafter part of the district Soltau-Fallingbostel which in 2011 was renamed district Heidekreis.

The Munsterlager [left] were army barracks created in 1893 next to the railroad from Bremen via Soltau to Uelzen, about 1.5 km east of the village of Munster, which at the time had only about 470 inhabitants. The first soldiers stationed here was the Oldenburg Infantry Regiment No. 71. During World War I the barracks were also used as a detention camp for some 21,000 prisoners of war. After World War II the British Army occupied the facilities in 1945. In 1956 the training area was handed over to the German Bundeswehr and subsequently became the German Army's largest garrison. The garrison of the British Army was closed in 1993. The former barracks were renovated and partially rebuilt. For the most part these facilities today belong to the Munster public utilities. The former officers' mess today is used as a hotel.

Another glass in this collection shows views of Münster in North Rhine-Westfalia (note the difference in spelling: 'u' vs 'ü').

[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munster_(Örtze); https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truppenübungsplatz_Munster]


Glasses of this collection showing former training areas of the German Empire:
Altengrabow (D),
Arys (Orszysz, PL),
Hagenau (Haguenau, F),
Hammelburg (D),
Hammerstein (Czarne, PL),
Heuberg (Stetten am kalten Markt, D),
Lockstedter Lager (Hohenlockstedt, D),
Münsingen (D),
Munsterlager (Munster, D),
Sennelager (Paderborn, D).
Thorn (Toruń, PL).
Warthelager (Biedrusko, PL).