Oldenburg is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is a pleasant town with an old center full of restaurants, cafes, and pedestrian streets, between Bremen and the Netherlands.
The closest airports are Bremen BRE (), Hamburg HAM () and Amsterdam Schiphol AMS ().
- Bremen Airport BRE : Take tram 6 to Bremen Hauptbahnhof, then change to an Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof train. The trip will take around 1h and cost about 12€.
- Hamburg Airport HAM: Take train S1 to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, then change to a Bremen Hauptbahnhof train, then change to an Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof train. The trip will take around 2h10, and cost about 36€. A direct bus to Oldenburg is available from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, see details below.
- Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: The train trip has been complicated by the damaged Friesen bridge that will not be replaced until 2024. It is possible to use a train-bus-train option (around 4h20), or to take a train to Sloterdijk (24 minutes) and then a FlixBus to Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (4h30). A direct bus to Oldenburg is available from Amsterdam Sloterdijk, see details below.
By trainRegional services connect
- Bremen: Transport to other German cities will generally require a transfer in Bremen. There are two direct trains an hour between Bremen and Oldenburg, with travel times of 30-40 minutes.
- Hamburg: There are three trains an hour from Hamburg to Bremen, with a transfer required to Oldenburg. Total travel times are 1h40-2h15.
- Amsterdam: There are four trains an hour from Amsterdam, but the trip has been complicated by the damaged Friesen bridge that will not be replaced until 2024. The train and bus combinations will take 4h16-5h30, and can be booked through Deutsche Bahn.
- Groningen: Travel to/from Groningen (generally requires a transfer in Leer (D) and from there on to Oldenburg. Be aware of the border crossing after Nieuweschans. You can't use a Dutch ticket to go to Germany.
By carYou can reach Oldenburg from the A1, A7, A27 and E22 highway.
By busFlixBus operate direct buses from the North side of the (ZOB)
- Hamburg: 7 buses per day (2h25-2h35, 9-20€)
- Amsterdam Sloterdijk: 4 buses per day (4h35-5h10, 17-20€).
Frequent local buses are operated by VWG, with route and timetable information also available in Google Maps Navigation. You can buy tickets on the bus (2€45), but is slightly cheaper to buy a set of 4 rides (8€20), a day pass (7€) or a multi-day pass.
address: Schloßpl. 16, 26122 Oldenburg, GermanyA well-reviewed collection of rooms and art, but the appeal may be limited by the lack of English signage.
address: Markt 17Built between 1155 and 1234
Oldenburg Film FestivalSeptember
Schlossgarten OldenburgA 16 hectare public park next to downtown, with curving paths, a multitude of lakes/ponds, and some of the oldest rhododendrons in Germany.
- Bremen is very close, see the "by train" section.
Carl von Ossietzky University (founded 1973) is an important regional university.
address: Schloßpl. 3, 26122 Oldenburg, GermanyThe largest mall downtown, with a pay-parking lot and a food court. A good option for rainy days downtown.
address: Posthalterweg 10, 26129 Oldenburg, GermanyThe largest mall in the area, and the home of one of Oldenburg's largest supermarkets (Famila XXL Wechloy). The mall has free parking, and there are a range of businesses in the surrounding area.
- There are a host of eateries in the city center, including a variety of doener stands, Chinese Food, a McDonalds and a Burger King.
- On weekdays the Pferdemarkt ("horse market") hosts a market at which you can buy fresh baked breads, vegetables, meats, but no horses.
- The largest supermarkets are Real Stubbenweg, and the Famila XXL Wechloy. Smaller supermarkets include Lidl, Aldi, Penny, Rewe and Aktiv-Irma.
address: Nadorster Str. 222, 26123 Oldenburg, GermanyPart of a regional bakery chain, this location has a nice cafe and does a very popular Sunday all-inclusive breakfast buffet.
Arabic shopsaddress: RitterstraßeThere are 2 Arabic shops where they tend to have more kinds of vegetables and things you wouldn't find in any other normal supermarket. Starting with cheese and ending with polenta.
phone: +49 441 18000944address: Haarenstraße 9, 26122 OldenburgAmong burger connoisseurs, these are considered the best burgers in town.
phone: +49 441 36103590address: Donnerschweer Str. 121A, 26123 OldenburgMore of a higher end "burgers and fries" place than a diner. Good burgers, authentic American curly fries, decent mainstream/Mexican beers and great service.
phone: +49 441 2182640address: Poststraße 8, 26122 OldenburgIt's an inauthentic local rendition of an inauthentic version of Mexican food, but the food is passable and it has decent cocktails and a nice outdoor seating area.
phone: +49 441 259 29address: Bahnhofsplatz 12 A, 26122 Oldenburg, GermanyA popular choice for solidly executed regional dishes.
phone: +49 441 2174747address: Bahnhofstraße 11, 26122 OldenburgWidely considered to have the best cocktails in town, with a laid-back ambiance and good food. Not cheap, but good value.
Kleine BurgPopular with locals for a nice night out, this restaurant serves traditional German/European fare.
Antalya RestaurantHigh end Turkish, with great ambiance, food and service. A bit of trek (7km) South of downtown.
Bei Franzaddress: Donnerschweer Str. 6, 26123 Oldenburg, GermanyA popular steakhouse
address: Bahnhofstraße 11, 26122 Oldenburg, GermanyWidely considered to have the best cocktails in town.
address: Wallstraße 1A, 26122 Oldenburg, GermanyA popular part of the "Wall Street" bar area. Stronhalm ("drinking straw") shows live sports, has outdoor seating, and allows smoking inside.
address: Donnerschweer Str. 8, 26123 Oldenburg, GermanyA popular bar/restaurant with decent cocktails and a beer garden.
phone: +49 441 87135address: Alexanderstr. 65
phone: +49 441 779390address: Ankerstr. 19