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Oldenburg Castle (German: Schloss Oldenburg) is a castle in the German city of Oldenburg in the state of Lower Saxony. It is the former residence of the counts (1667–1785), dukes (1785–1815) and grand dukes (1815–1918) of Oldenburg.
The Oldenburgisches Staatstheater (Oldenburg State Theatre) is a German theater in the city of Oldenburg, Lower Saxony.
The theatre was first opened in the times of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, on 1 February 1833. At that time it was a wooden structure built by local master carpenter Herman Wilhelm Muck, who also owned the building. Founder and first director of the theatre was Carl Christian Ludwig Starklof (1789–1850), a lawyer and writer who served as a privy councilor in Oldenburg. Also involved was actor Johann Christian Gerber (1785–1850) who had previously directed a theatre in the neighbouring city of Bremen. The theatre was named Grand Ducal Court Theatre (Großherzogliches Hoftheater) in 1842.
The wooden building was given up in 1881 when the theatre moved into the more imposing new Renaissance-style stone building designed by court architect Gerhard Schnitger. It was built next to the old structure.
Only ten years later, in November 1891, the new building burnt to the ground after a fire accident. The theatre company continued to work in a temporary wood building nearby while the destroyed venue was rebuilt under the supervision of Oldenburg court architect Franz Noack and Paul Moritz Zimmer, an architect from Chemnitz. The reconstruction adhered to Gerhard Schnitger’s original design, but modifications were made to replace gas lighting with electrical lighting. A large dome roof was added in order to accommodate a water tank above the stage area – an important fire protection measure at the time. Workshop space was expanded. The interior walls and ceilings were lavishly decorated with baroque-style mouldings, wall sculptures, frescoes. The new electrical lighting was integrated into the decoration. The theatre then reopened in October 1893.
Weser-Ems-Halle is a hall complex with 8 halls including the EWE Arena, the Kongresshalle and the Halle 3, or Messehalle. It is a multi-purpose venue and is located in Oldenburg, Germany. The seating capacity of the venue is 5,118, for basketball matches. The venue can host music concerts, sports events, congresses, and conferences.
The included EWE Arena is the home arena of the EWE Baskets Oldenburg professional basketball team, for domestic competitions.
EWE Arena is an indoor sporting arena located in Oldenburg, Germany. It has a seating capacity of 4,100 and is part of the Weser-Ems Halle. The facility's name comes from a sponsorship arrangement with German energy and telecommunications company EWE.
It acts as the home arena of the EWE Baskets Oldenburg professional basketball team for domestic German League games.
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State Museum for Nature and Humankind
The exhibitions at Oldenburg's oldest museum illustrate the interdependence between man and nature. The origins of the museum date back to the year 1835, when Grand Duke Paul Friedrich August acquired a collection of insects and birds. Ethnological objects and archaeological finds were added subsequently. The focus here is on the natural and cultural history of northwest Germany. The permanent exhibition presents the local moorland and sandy heathland, coastline and marshland, and the River Hunte, which links them all together. The characteristics of the region are highlighted, along with the diversity of the countryside as a habitat for flora and fauna and the chronological order of the historical objects.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Admission: Adults 4 €, Concessions 2 €.
State Museum of Art and Cultural History (including Oldenburg Palace, the Augusteum, and the Prince's Palace)
The State Museum of Art and Cultural History is accommodated in three buildings; the Oldenburg Palace, the Augusteum and the Prince's Palace.
Oldenburg Palace, the former residence of Count Anton Günther (1583–1667) and the Grand Dukes of Oldenburg until 1918-19, is now home to a museum for art and cultural history. The permanent exhibition
The Cultural History of an Historical Landscapeshows the variety and cultural heritage of the former Grand Duchy Oldenburger Land over the years from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century.
The Augusteum, which was built in 1856 in the Italian Renaissance style and elaborately decorated in an historicist spirit, was the first art museum in Oldenburg. Today the building, which was built specifically to this purpose, once more houses part of the former collection of paintings of the Grand Duke, mainly Italian and Dutch paintings from the 16th to the 18th century, and European art from the Middle Ages through to today. The ground floor showcases outstanding temporary exhibitions on the history of art and contemporary art.
After its renovation and the restoration of its original layout, the former Prince's Palace on the Damm now serves as gallery for art of the 19th and 20th century. The development of the fine arts in Germany is shown on two floors, starting with romanticism and classicist art.
Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 9 am - 5pm, Thurs 9am - 8pm, Saturday & Sunday Sun 10am - 5pm.
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Oldenburg’s heart beats in the must-see old town. Grouped around the Old Town Hall, St. Lamberti Church and the castle, the town center is one big pedestrian zone. Architecture from five centuries harmonizes with today’s attractive shopping worlds. Street cafes, bistros and restaurants to suit all tastes. Picturesque spots and quarters, plenty of green and softly flowing waterways round.
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Botanischer Garten Oldenburg, a botanical garden
University of Oldenburg — A relatively young university, founded in 1973. The university has enriched the Northwest region of Germany with economic and cultural impulses. Strengthening the region as a centre of science and research is also the declared objective of its close co-operation with the University of Bremen (Bremen vacation rentals | Bremen travel guide). Combining and developing scientific excellence with outstanding teaching is the agenda for the coming years. The foundation has been laid: internationally visible and interdisciplinary research, systematic promotion of young researchers and a complete restructuring to Bachelor and Master degrees.
Schloss Oldenburg — a castle in the German city of Oldenburg in the state of Lower Saxony. It is the former residence of the counts (1667-1785), dukes (1785-1815) and grand dukes (1815-1918) of Oldenburg.
The Degode house built in 1502 — market is one of the finest privately owned houses in Oldenburg. The famous Oldenburg Count Anton Günther (1603-1667) gave it to his Privy Council of grace Mylius box wedding. Over time, this formerly
free noble house several times changed its owner and served different purposes..
Hof Apothecary dating from 1677
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More about the History of Oldenburg
The town was first mentioned in 1108, at that time known under the name of Aldenburg. It became important due to its location at a ford of the navigable Hunte River. Oldenburg became the capital of the County of Oldenburg (later a Duchy, Grand Duchy and Republic), a small state in the shadow of the much more powerful Hanseatic city of Bremen. In the 17th century, Oldenburg was a wealthy town in a time of war and turmoil and its population and power grew considerably. In 1667, the town was struck by a disastrous plague epidemic and, shortly after, a fire destroyed Oldenburg. The Danish kings, who were also counts of Oldenburg at the time, were not much interested in the condition of the town and it lost most of its former importance. In 1773, Danish rule ended. It was only then that the destroyed buildings in the city were rebuilt in a Classicist style. In 1893, a canal connecting the Hunte and the Ems rivers was finished connecting the port of Oldenburg with the North Sea which greatly increased the city's economic importance. In 1945, after World War II, Oldenburg grew to more than 100,000 inhabitants when refugees migrated into the city that was only sparingly bombed during World War II. In 1946, Oldenburg became part of the new German Land of Lower Saxony.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, is noted for its lovely neoclassical architecture and its long history as the residence of the monarchic rulers of Oldenburg. Although the city dates from the 700s, it was struck by a plague and a disastrous fire in the late 1600s, which resulted in the rebuilding of the main part of the city in the 1700s. Situated on the Hunte River near Bremen, Oldenburg has numerous cultural and artistic sites that are of interest. These include the Artothek Oldenburg (an art library and exhibit space for regional artists), the State Museum for Art and Cultural History, and the State Museum for Nature and Man. If you need a little time outside, be sure to check out the botanical garden, which the university manages, and the Oldenburg Castle and Castle Park (the historic residence of the Dukes of Oldenburg). The Oldenburg State Theater, a lovely neoclassical theater, offers varied works throughout the season. In terms of special events, if you can schedule your visit to Oldenburg in June, plan to take part in the city's Kultursommer, during which the city hosts free concerts and cultural events. This annual festival attracts about 10,000 visitors every year. In September, the Oldenburg International Film Festival takes place. If your interest runs to indie films, this film festival should be right up your alley. Oldenburg is located close to the coast of the North Sea, so this is a logical day trip from here. Also, Bremen is only 30 minutes away by train, and Bremerhaven requires only a short jaunt of about 45 miles.
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