Five Things To Know About The Little-Known City of Osnabrück, Germany

Postcard-worthy buildings in Osnabrück, on the Marktplatz
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5 Things To Know About The Little-Known City of Osnabrück

When traveling to Germany, people would opt to visit cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt am Main, or Cologne. No doubt that these are beautiful cities, but there is more to discover in Germany than exploring its most-visited places.

Enter Osnabrück, one of the cities in the state of Lower Saxony. It may not be as big as Berlin or as vibrant as Munich, but Osnabrück is a simple city packed with a lot to offer. Here are five ways to know about the city.

1. It’s nickname? “Die Friedensstadt”

In the history books, Osnabrück has been tagged “City of Peace” due to its role in ending Thirty Years’ War. The city, besides nearby city Münster, played host to dignitaries who signed the Treaty of Westphalia. Today, this nickname gives life to the calm, peaceful atmosphere of the city as you walk. Like many European cities, Osnabrück is a walkable and photogenic city where you can enjoy long walks without the intrusion of traffic.

Heger-Tor in Osnabrück Altstadt
Heger-Tor in Osnabrück Altstadt
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Postcard-worthy buildings in Osnabrück, on the Marktplatz
Postcard-worthy buildings in Osnabrück, on the Marktplatz
St. Peter's Cathedral
St. Peter’s Cathedral
Marktplatz with the Marienkirche on the left.
Marktplatz with the Marienkirche on the left.
Osnabrück Town Hall
Osnabrück Town Hall
Me standing next to a magnolia tree behind the cathedral in spring
Me standing next to a magnolia tree behind the cathedral in spring

 2.If you feel like spending a lot on food, look no further.

Osnabrück is a city of food, in my opinion. Right in the Altstadt, you will find steakhouses, a stretch of road filled with restaurants and a food court, and a three-star Michelin restaurant. You can never go wrong with the choices this city offers!

Yummy waffles from Cup & Cino Osnabrück
Yummy waffles from Cup & Cino Osnabrück
Coffee with a side of gelato from Eiscafe La Luna
Coffee with a side of gelato from Eiscafe La Luna

Belly-busting burger from ALEX Bistro
Belly-busting burger from ALEX Bistro
The three-star Michelin restaurant La Vie by renowned chef Thomas Bühner
The three-star Michelin restaurant La Vie by renowned chef Thomas Bühner photo via La Vie
Best beer I have ever tasted: Krombacher
Best beer I have ever tasted: Krombacher

3. Art is also found in Osnabrück.

The city of Osnabrück is home to the Felix Nussbaum Haus (museum info here), a museum designed by Daniel Libeskind, who was also behind the master plan for the World Trade Centre reconstruction. This museum and exhibition venue is dedicated to the German-Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum, who died at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Entrance of the Felix Nussbaum Haus
Entrance of the Felix Nussbaum Haus

4. Rubbing elbows with locals while enjoying great live music? Check.

Osnabrück stages a public street festival called Maiwoche every year during May. Maiwoche is one of the biggest open-air inner city festivals in Northern Germany. This festival has something for every one: live band music, family events, food stands, and carnival rides. Best of all, it’s an eleven-day event so you won’t be left behind.

One of thrilling carnival rides at this year's Maiwoche!
One of thrilling carnival rides at this year’s Maiwoche!
Getting punched by this Erdbeerbowle (Strawberry Soda Punch)
Getting punched by this Erdbeerbowle (Strawberry Soda Punch)
Candy apples for sale at Maiwoche 2017
Candy apples for sale at Maiwoche 2017
Live band singing BSB's “Quit Playing Games” one evening at Maiwoche!
Live band singing BSB’s “Quit Playing Games” one evening at Maiwoche!
The crowd taking part in Maiwoche
The crowd taking part in Maiwoche

5. Experience hitting three states and a city of another country from here.

From Osnabrück Hauptbahnhof, you can travel all the way to any city in the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with Münster being 30 minutes away by train; the rest of the state of Lower Saxony, and the city-state of Bremen. Bonus part is that from Osnabrück, you can take a direct train trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam from Osnabrück
Visiting Amsterdam from Osnabrück

Besides being a railway hub, Osnabrück also has an airport shared with the city of Münster. The Münster Osnabrück Airport, which is located in a small city between Münster and Osnabrück, caters to daily regional and international flights.

Osnabrück is a city that has its own identity and a lot to offer. I’m sure that Osnabrück will fulfill what you can see, feel, taste, and do in order to enjoy a city. Here’s hoping you’ll include Osnabrück to your next European travel itinerary!

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