Münster zoo is one of the most popular in Germany. It received its name (literally meaning “all-weather”) thanks to many roofed passages and roads that allow visitors move between open air cages and pavilions without fearing the whims of nature. The modern zoo opened in 1974, having become the successor of the zoo that had been working since 1875. There are more than 3000 animals of 300 various types living in the Allwetterzoo.
There is a horse museum (Westfälisches Pferdemuseum) functioning within the zoo. Here you can learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of relations between man and horse. In particular, you can learn about the practice of using pony for working in mines. Some of the most popular exhibits are the old grave of a horse, famous stuffed stallion Polydor, awards of Westphalian jockeys and their horses from prestigious international competitions. There is a small arena at the museum where shows with horses are organized from time to time.