City of peace right in a national park
The UNESCO-Geo Park TERRA.vita with its green outskirts reaches right into the center of Osnabrück. This makes it to the only German city that lies in the midst of a national park.
The peacefulness of
nature is part of the city's character. Osnabrück's political and
cultural life believes in the maxim: "The task of peace -
committed to peace". In 1648, the 30 Years' War was declared to an
end in the Rathaus des Westfälischen Friedens (Town Hall of the Westphalian Peace). Every year this event is commemorated by the local children with a hobby horse parade. The negotiations of this first "European Conference" took place in Münster and Osnabrück, lasted about 1400 days and changed the face of Europe. This is also the place where the
first "European Conference" was held. Osnabrück's Friedenszentrum (Peace Center) pays tribute to the famous
author and son of the city, Erich Maria Remarque. Furthermore, Daniel
Libeskind designed "Räume gegen das Vergessen" ("Rooms against
Oblivion") in the "Felix-Nussbaum Haus" (Felix-Nussbaum House)
that remember the German-Jewish
painter. Felix Nussbaum was born in Osnabrück and died in the
concentration camp Auschwitz.
historic and modern sites incorporate both past and future. Nowadays,
people still come together where merchants used to meet in the old
days - the Marktplatz (Market Square) was
and remains the heart of the city. The area around the Stadtwaage
(City Scales), the St. Marien-Kirche (St. Mary's Church), the late Romanesque Dom St. Peter (St. Peter's Cathedral) and the high gables of the
old merchant houses, hosts weddings, festivals, wine stands and
With the first rays
of the sun, the cafés and restaurants put their furniture outside
and serve you all kinds of treats, from sweet cakes to savory
Mediterranean food. The old trade roads of the former Hansestadt (Hanseatic City) turned into pleasant streets with
One of the city's
greatest highlights are its Steinwerke (Vault Houses). While half-timbered houses
actually were the norm in medieval times, Osnabrück already started
to build its houses with brick 800 years ago which gave the city its
extraordinary silhouette. Around 35 of these remnants of medieval and early modern age architecture may still be found in Osnabrück, which is unique in Germany. Also some of them are open to public.
Our advice for
your rendezvous of the senses in Osnabrück:
Enjoy gourmet delights in the "Steinwerke" (Vault Houses)! Thomas Bühner belongs to Germany's top ten chefs. He combined a medieval brickhouse with a classicist villa that forms the perfect atmosphere for his gourmet-creations.