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Osnabrück is natural

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Those who approach the town by plane, train or car can't help noticing it: We are surrounded by a charming countryside with a whole host of recreational activities. Embedded between the Teutoburger Wald (Teutoburg Forest) and the Wiehengebirge (two ranges of wooded hills), the green traces of this nature reserve - or, as we call it: our "green fingers" - stretch right into the inner city.

Osnabrück is the largest German town situated in a nature reserve. More than 1/3 of the town area consists of rivers and lakes, woods, meadows and farmland. The 1,220 square kilometers of the UNESCO Geo Park TERRA.vita are wide open for you to go on a cycling tour, for hiking, running, skating, sailing, windsurfing, rowing or for improving your handicap on one of the many golf courses around Osnabrück.

The European powers had negotiated for five years in Münster and Osnabrück before they could put an end to the Thirty Years' War in Europe. October 24, 1648 was the official day of the conclusion of peace. This great event was celebrated from summer 1648 to early 1649 with numerous acts of state and commemorative events - and Osnabrück, as the city of the Peace of Westphalia, is inextricably linked to that event until the present day.

Long before the Peace of Westphalia, in the year 9 A.D., another group of people, the Germanic tribe fought for their rights against the Roman legions of Varus on the battlefield near Kalkriese. The victory of the Germanic tribe was supposed to be the beginning of the end for the long-lasted Roman Empire. 1989 this site was discovered by archaeologists. In the Museum Kalkriese you can experience the life and the battle of Romans and the Germanic tribe.


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