OsnabrückOsnabrück is a city in Lower Saxony.
By planeMünster Osnabrück International Airport (FMO) is the closest option. The majority of the flights are scheduled and public charters to holiday destinations arround the Mediterranean, as well as some domestic flights within Germany.
The shuttle bus X150 brings you to central Osnabrück in about 30 minutes for €9,50.
Many travelers choose to use other nearby airports for budget airlines and international connections. These include: Bremen for Ryanair, Dortmund for easyJet and Wizz Air, Düsseldorf and Cologne or Hannover for Eurowings. Consider the cost of ground transportation from these airports as train tickets can cost upwards of €70 if not pre-booked.
By trainOsnabrück is well connected as it is a railway junction. Trains on the Amsterdam-Berlin route meet here with trains on the Hamburg-Cologne route. Deutsche Bahn operates most trains and connections for around Europe and Germany. The Dutch Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) sells discounted tickets to/from places like Amsterdam. Osnabrück is about 3 hours by express train from Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne.
Other railways operate many of the local services but are always included in the DB search engine and tickets.
By carOsnabrück is also an Autobahn junction:
A1 from Bremen to Cologne
A30 from Amsterdam and Hannover
A33 from Bielefeld
By busIntercity buses have exploded unto the scene since the market was deregulated in 2012/13 and now a few lines connect Osnabrück to domestic and international destinations. The main bus station ZOB Osnabrück is located next to the train station.
- Ecolines carries passengers from Riga.
- Touring Eurolines Germany has some bus routes, for instance twice weekly to London via Lille.
- Flixbus is by far the biggest player in the German market
By boatThe Mittellandkanal has a tangent running directly into Osnabrück (from Kilometer 30,4). There are no public boat services.
The city is most easily navigated by city/regional bus. The Stadwerke Osnabrück operates standard daytime as well as NachtBus (night) service on Friday and Saturday. They have an online trip planner as well as digital signs at many bus stops to inform you of the current predicted wait time.
Fare information is posted inside all bus shelters and most bus operators speak some English. Tickets are bought from the bus operator of from vending machines on the Neumarkt. Bus operators are obliged to give change if you over-pay in cash.
Many Osnabrückers choose to ride a bicycle as transportation since the compact size and good infrastructure make it easy to get around. While utilizing the red-colored cycling lanes in Osnabrück one should exert caution. These lanes are often narrow, at street level, and/or shared with the city buses and taxis. Dangerous conditions lead to at least one bicyclist death a year in Osnabrück. Please use your best judgement and walk your bike on the sidewalk if you feel uncomfortable. Additionally there are many places where bicycles (and all cars) are forbidden in the city center. If you are riding on a street where there are no cars, be sure to double check that bicycles are not forbidden, because the police will stop you.
St. Peter's Cathedraladdress: Große DomsfreiheitCharlemagne founded the diocese of Osnabrück. Today's late-romanesque cathedral was erected from 1218 to 1277 and consecrated 1277. The shape is dominated by the two Western spires, which were built with 400 years in between. The triumph cross in the church was manufactured in the 12th century and is the largest cross in Lower Saxony.
Osnabrück Castle(now University) and its gardens.
RathausThe Osnabrücker Rathaus (city hall) played a key role in the end of the 30 years war. In celebration with the authorities in nearby Münster, a peace treaty was signed.
Heger Tormonument of Osnabrück soldiers who died at Waterloo and the neighbour old city are remnants of an earlier manifestation of Osnabrück.
Osnabrück has several museums and a Culture Card / City Card for museum lovers.
address: Lotter Straße 2A museum dedicated to the Osnabrück native, Felix Nussbaum, a Jewish painter who was executed at Auschwitz during the World War 2. The extension of the building was designed by Daniel Libeskind (of Berlin Jewish Museum fame).
- Talk to the locals.
- Sit in a street cafe.
BudgetThe best place to get a quick bite is at a Döner (Turkish Kebab) stand or restaurant. There are several local operations offering this type of food throughout the city.
phone: +49 541 580 26 87address: Lotter Str. 19,Very good home cooking at reasonable prices.
Lagerhalle Kneipeaddress: Rolandsmauer 26Pub inside the Lagerhalle Cultural Center. Pizza, pasta and salads.
phone: +49 5 41 750 99 750address: Heger Str. 4/5The pub of a retired American soccer player who spent the majority of his career at German Second Division club VfL Osnabrück. Sandwiches (baguette) and salads (Greek, Scandinavian and Potato salad)
Mc Dönerphone: +49 541 3502968address: Johannisstraße 51Kebab
Mid-rangeThere are many "Gasthäuser" and "Lokale," the local old school sit-down German food places.
Hausbrauerei Rampendahladdress: Hasestraße 35Traditional German dishes and craft beer. Offers a buffet menu at a reasonable price.
phone: +49 541 331150address: Krahnstraße 1The gourmet restaurant La Vie is very luxurious, if you have the money it's worth the visit.
You will never have to look far to find a drink. There are many youth and student oriented bars and clubs as well as bars and clubs for the more sophisticated. On a nice summer evening you will find many people congregate in the Schlossgarten (Palace Graden) to drink together.
Grüner Jaegeran original beerhall serving the local Osnabrücker Pils.
Cafe Orientserves a variety of German beers and offers Shishas (hookah/water-pipes) in a warm den-type environment.
phone: +49 6151 39 11 999address: Donnersbergring 20serves Caribbean style, on the premise of being a cocktail bar/salsa club.
AlandoIf you like pop music, go to the Alando, which is near the central train station. There may be drunk and misbehaving people, though.
Kleine FreiheitBehind the train station is the best alternative club. 21+.
Hyde ParkIf you like metal better, the Hyde Park is for you. Every Thursday and Friday, there is rock and metal night. For Goths: visit Hyde Park on the second or fifth Friday each.
address: Meller Str. 16Alternative/Student-Bar with vintage interior and rock music. Mainly students and locals, not to pricey. Smoking and in the summer some places outside.
phone: +49 541 6009606address: Moeserstraße 19Free WiFi, small breakfast, rooftop terrace, laundry, sauna.
Hotel Advena Hohenzollernaddress: Theodor-Heuss-Platz, Neustadt, InnenstadtWestermann
phone: +49 541 60960address: 1, Natruper-Tor-Wall
Still, the Neumarkt and the Rosenplatz should be avoided at night.