Peace as a mission – committed to peace
Osnabrück has been known as the “City of Peace” ever since the Peace of Westphalia was signed here ending the Thirty Years’ War. Perhaps this is why the happiest Germans live here, as a recent poll showed. Already in the Middle Ages, the fourth largest city in the state of Lower Saxony was an important hub of old trading routes. No wonder, then, that so many businesses have settled in and around this vibrant city.
The exact location
On an interesting and varied stroll through the old town or a double decker sightseeing tour, there’s a lot waiting to be discovered in Osnabrück. A good tip: get yourself the Osnabrück CityCard, a ticket for all buses within the city and free admission to several museums. And with your mobile tour guide, the Osnabrück App, in your pocket, you won’t miss a thing – the app even shows you the nearest available parking space.
A city in the green
Osnabrück is the only major German city completely surrounded by a nature park, the UNESCO Global Geopark Terra.vita. Discover the giant redwoods and prehistoric fossils on the Piesberg near the city. An adventure for big and small! The botanical gardens with its imposing tropical house set amid two former quarries is also worth a visit – and within walking distance.
A city of talent
Famous artists, authors and even a German president hail from Osnabrück. Among them are Erich Maria Remarque, one of the most widely read authors of the 20th century, or Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, an early representative of constructivist art. The Felix-Nussbaumhaus House features the world’s most comprehensive collection from the Osnabrück-born painter. The museum is impressive in its own right, built according to a design by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind. Another Osnabrück native, the DJ and record producer Robin Schulz, is currently mixing together the perfect sound in some of the best clubs in the world.
Eat like a local
The original Osnabrück Springbrötchen, a local bread roll, are always worth sinning for – as are the traditional Hedeweggen, a type of raisin bun. If you’re watching your figure, try some local pumpernickel bread. Looking for something more substantial? For a good warm meal try some turnip stew or enjoy the wintertime custom of Grünkohlessen with kale, potatoes and sausages. Top it all off with some chocolates from Leysieffer in Krahnstraße.
A walk through the old town
The market square is a meeting place and centre of life in Osnabrück. Here you’ll find the historic Townhall, the city scales and St. Mary’s Church on the one side and colourful townhouses with stepped gables on the other. In addition to the Christmas market, the square hosts the annual Maiwoche festival as well as the custom of hobby horse riding on the anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia. The old town is also perfect for window-shopping. A weekly market with lots of regional and seasonal products is held once a week at Große Domfreiheit square.
Stand casually on the water?
The city paddlers show how it's done. On the Osnabrücker Kanal, with a special flair between fresh green and a touch of industry, there is a lot of fun to be had in stand up paddling.
Feets in the sand
In July and August the castle garden of Osnabrück is transformed into a large beach bar. Foodtrucks, cocktails and music provide the cool mix for mild summer evenings.
Long-distance, local and regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn stop at Osnabrück station, with regular ICE, IC, FLX, RE and RB service. From the station it is advisable to continue to the hotel by taxi or by bus.
The Münster Osnabrück Airport (FMO) is about 30 minutes away by car. The airport can also be reached by shuttle bus (line X15) operated by Stadtwerke Osnabrück.
Follow the A1 motorway, then merge onto the A30 toward Osnabrück. Take exit 15 “Hasbergen/Gaste”, turn right onto Rheiner Landstraße and follow the road onto Lotter Straße. When you reach the Einhorn Apotheke pharmacy (Lotter Str. 5) turn left onto Bergstraße and follow the signs toward “Parkgarage Stadthaus”. About 30 metres after the turn, the entrance to the parking garage will be on the right.
From the north (Bremen/Hamburg)
Follow the A1 motorway to exit “Osnabrück Nord”. Continue straight on the B68 toward “Osnabrück Zentrum” (stay on Bramscher Straße and Hansastraße). After passing the sign for the Osnabrück city limits, continue straight ahead and after 2.2 km turn right to stay on the B 68 (Hansastraße, Hasetorwall, Natruper-Tor-Wall), following the signs toward “Parkgarage Stadthaus”. After approx. 500 m turn right into the “Stadthaus” car park (2nd entrance after the traffic light).
From the east (Hannover) and west (Rheine/Amsterdam)
Follow the A30 motorway to exit “Hasbergen/Gaste”. Continue toward “Osnabrück Zentrum” following Rheiner Landstraße and Lotter Straße. When you reach the Einhorn Apotheke pharmacy (Lotter Str. 5) turn left onto Bergstraße and follow the signs toward “Parkgarage Stadthaus”. About 30 metres after the turn, the entrance to the parking garage will be on the right.
Drive as far back as possible in the garage. From there you will have direct access to Vienna House Remarque Osnabrück.
From the central bus station (located at the main train station) take bus 91/92 toward “Hellern” or lines 81/82 in the direction of “Pye”. Take the bus to “Neumarkt” and change there to lines 11/12/13 toward “Eversburg/Büren”. Get off at “Rissmüllerplatz” or “Heger Tor”.
- Felix Nussbaum House (400 m)
- Market square (450 m)
- OsnabrückHalle event centre (950 m)
- Osnabrück station (2.0 km)
- Münster Osnabrück International Airport (35 km)
Lat: 52.278936 | Lon: 8.037098