Osnabrück – the “city of peace” - situated in a nature reserve

As conference participant in the “city of peace”, at the edge of the Teutoburger Wald, you have prominent predecessors and find yourself on a world historical terrain. After five years of negotiations, the "Peace of Westphalia", that ended the Thirty Years War, was proclaimed on the steps of the Town Hall in 1648. This was the major cornerstone for a prosperous and peaceful Europe. Today, the Lower Saxony metropolis presents itself as modern economic center and lively university town.


The foundation of the city goes back to around 780, when Charlemagne, king of the Franks, erected a mission on the banks of the Hase River. Thanks to the favorable location at the nodal point of ancient trade routes, from Scandinavia to Western Europe and the Netherlands to Eastern Europe, the settlement developed to become a thriving commercial town. From 1412 through 1669, Osnabrück has been a leading member of the Hanseatic League, the most important trading alliance of its time. The once pulsating, medieval business center gave rise to today’s modern service center and industrial location offering a wholesome blend of traditions and modern age. Car technology by VW, copper surfaces delivered from KME Europe and specialty papers from Felix Schoeller as well as tarts created by Coppenrath & Wiese, ice-cream from R&R Ice Cream and fine chocolates handmade by Leysieffer originate from Osnabrück. The ancient commercial routes through the city center changed into pleasant shopping miles; and the city’s flair emerged not least due to the juxtaposition of contemporary architecture (for instance the Felix-Nussbaum-House) and the magnificent historic town square.


Some 24,000 students are enrolled at the Osnabrück University and Osnabrück University of applied science. They find a modern university landscape with innovative research, excellent teaching and more than 100 partner universities worldwide. The advanced performance is further confirmed by scientific excellence as well as outstanding performances in nationwide university rankings.

The enchanting marketplace remains “the heart of the city” and plays an important part in Osnabrück’s social life, hosting weddings, festivals, wine stands and Christmas fairs. In front of reddish yellow gabled houses, cafés and restaurants put out their wicker chairs offering delicious cakes or tasty snacks in a picturesque flair with great view to the Town Hall and St Mary’s Church. Also, only a few steps away, there is the impressive late Romanesque St. Peter’s Cathedral with its various towers, cloister and accessible vault in the diocesan museum.


Osnabrück is the only city in the middle of a nature reserve. The Geopark TERRA.vita, surrounding the Piesberg with its natural features, offers various leisure activities. For example, the fossil expedition “Adventure Piesberg!“, popular with young and old, where the explorers equipped with hammer, work gloves and safety glasses start their tour through the world of plants, animals and fossils. Guided by an adventure map, the exciting trail leads over a rock ridge and the steps of the geological era. Equipment, map and expedition backpack can be lent from the Piesberger Gesellschaftshaus. Furthermore, nature-loving people can also search for traces of geological history on foot or by bike by following the various advanced Terra-Trails that lead through the nature reserve directly into Osnabrück’s surrounding.

And thanks to all of that, a kind of geological storybook vividly narrating of 300 million years of earth history emerged.

Further Information:

Tourist Information Osnabrück|Osnabrücker Land
Bierstraße 22-23
49074 Osnabrück
Tel. 0541 323 2202

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