Osnabrück is located in a scenic valley between the Wiehen Hills and the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forest. The city, which according to surveys is home for the most satisfied citizens in Germany, has been committed to peace after the proclamation of the "Peace of Westphalia" that ended the Thirty Years' War in 1648. The treaty was signed at the city’s magnificent Town Hall that gives its picturesque flair to the social and cultural centre. The market square remains the place where locals and visitors swarm to for the atmosphere around food and wine stands and Christmas markets. It is surrounded by the high gables of the old merchant houses, St Peter's Cathedral, built in late Romanesque style, and St Mary's Church, and leads off into pleasant streets with modern shops, several interesting museums, and a zoo.
Location: A city of Westphalia
Osnabrück lies 100 km north-east of Dortmund, and 130 km west of Hanover. There are regular bus shuttle and railway connections, which makes getting there easy. It is a pleasant journey through the German countryside. Münster Osnabrück International Airport is your best option to arrive from abroad, located near Greven, 35 kilometres to the south.
Culture: Around the Market Square
The late-gothic style Town Hall took more than 25 years to build, and visitors should not pass up the opportunity to investigate its intricate architecture and its most valuable items, exhibited in the treasure chamber: the Emperor’s Cup, the Osnabrück militia’s necklace, and the replica of the Treaty of Westphalia. The "Dom St. Peter" was founded by Charlemagne, and has been the religious centre of Osnabrück for more than 1,225 years. The bronze font was used for christenings for nearly eight centuries, and worth mentioning is the more than 1,000 years old Romanesque triumphant cross. The Nussbaum Museum is home to the collection of renowned painter Felix Nussbaum. His impressive works record the creative tensions of his life, from a happy childhood in a Jewish merchant family to the despair of a persecuted Jew living in exile.
Activities: Relish the local ingredients
The formidable old town and the main tourist attractions around the market square are adorned by well—preserved medieval half-timbered and vault houses. The unique mixture of historic residences and modern architecture seems to be an Osnabrück hallmark. But Osnabrück is also a haven for gourmets. Here, you will find a restaurant that boasts three Michelin stars, but also plainer cooking at Walhalla’s, arguably Osnabrück’s oldest inn. Those who prefer a rustic environment will enjoy one of the city’s many breweries. Since 1909, the confectionery Leysieffer impresses with handmade creations of chocolates and sweets.