Osnabrück is well-known and popular as a historical city of peace. Here, together with Münster, is where the Westphalian Peace was sealed in 1648 and with which the thirty years war was brought to an end. Alongside its historical tourist attractions, Osnabrück is also knownfor its indulgence: gourmet restaurants and a very special flair attract many visitors.
From the International Airport Münster-Osnabrück, the city is around 30 kilometres to the North on the motorway. The transport community provides you with the X 150 express bus which is a fast, public shuttle service in air conditioned small buses and this will take you 40 minutes to reach the city-centre. For those who are travelling by train, you will arrive at the main railway station at the city of peace and those taking regional trains can alternatively get off at the Altstadtbahnhof Hasetor. With the connection to the motorways A 3, A 30 and A 33, the city is also ideally placed for those travelling by car.
For those who visit Osnabrück the city of peace, the Rathaus des Westfälischen Friedens “City Hall of the Westphalian Peace” is not to be missed. The late gothic building constitutes the landmark of the city and it is situated in the square with its rich history and in close proximity to what is today the evangelical LutheranMarienkirche, and this was built in the High Middle Ages. Even the colourful gabled houses opposite and the historische Stadtwaage „historical weigh houses” are worth seeing.
Today what is known as the Heger Tor „Heger Gate“ is actually the triumphal arch which forms the entrance to the promenade of the picturesque old town. The original Heger Gate which was part of the historical city wall, lies somewhat set apart from the triumphal arch in the direction towards the outskirts of town. Although the people from Osnabrück are aware of this fact, they have naturalised the term “Heger Tor” for the triumphal arch.
The lovely Felix-Nussbaum-Haus lies in very close proximity to the Heger Tor. It is a museum with art belonging to the Jewish painter and there are temporary guest exhibitions. The architecture of the building is also remarkable in itself, it was designed by the star architect Liebeskind, and it reflects the oppression of life in the concentration camp.
Furthermore, those who are interested in technology should go visit the Museum Industriekultur on the top of Piesberg. The visitors are given interesting facts about the local hard coal mining.
Osnabrück has a lot to offer in terms of the restaurant scene. From haute cuisine to the hearty and rustic, you can find everything here. Connoisseurs will not want to miss a visit to the top chef Thomas Bühner in his 3 star restaurant "La Vie". Thomas Bühner now has his third Michelin star in what is a very small team of star chefs in Germany and of which only Juan Amador, Harald Wohlfahrt and Klaus Erfort are also members.