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"Hello, My name is José, I'm from Portugal and I will be visiting Osnabruck on September. I would like to know what are the most typical foods of Germany and where can I find them in Osnabruck. I don't want you to tell me about the fanciest and most well known restaurants, I want you to tell me the restaurants that you choose for yourselves when you are in a mood for some typical, good, confort food. My best regards, José" (posted 08/10/2016)

we are rarely in town and can only the restaurant "Rampendahl" recommend (http://www.rampendahl.de/). Otherwise the people of Tourism Osnabrücker Land may well provide information (http://www.osnabruecker-land.de/). Regards, Michael Schlemm
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Dear Jose, I'm never really to eat in Osnabrück, I can not name any typical restaurants them unfortunately. http://www.stadtblatt-live.de/web-content/seiten/Restaurants2.html Under the above link he might get some information. Typical dishes in the north are Bratwurst, beef and pork, sauerbraten, schnitzel with vegetables, salad and potatoes or fried potatoes, Hühnerfrikasse, I hope to have helped them so a little. Sincerely Astrid Sia
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  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Osnabrück
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    Roman Catholic Diocese of Osnabrück

    The Diocese of Osnabrück is a diocese of the Catholic church in Germany; it was founded around 800. It was also a Prince-Bishopric of the Holy Roman Empire until 1803.

    The Diocese was erected in 772 and it is certainly the oldest see founded by Charlemagne, in order to Christianize the conquered stem-duchy of Saxony. The first bishop of Osnabrück was Saint Wilho (785–804); the second bishop, Meginhard or Meingoz (804–33), was the real organizer of the see. Osnabrück diocese was originally a suffragan to the Archdiocese of Cologne (till 1824).

    The temporal possessions of the see, originally quite limited, grew in time, and its prince-bishops exercised an extensive civil jurisdiction within the territory covered by their rights of immunity. The Prince-Bishopric continued to grow in size, making its status during the Reformation a highly contentious issue.

  • Felix Nussbaum Haus
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    Felix Nussbaum Haus

    The city is the site of the museum of the internationally renowned German surrealist painter Felix Nussbaum, who was born in Osnabrück in 1904. Nussbaum, who died in 1944 in Auschwitz concentration camp, is regarded as one of the major painters of the 20th century. This unique museum, designed by the renowned American architect Daniel Libeskind, captivates the visitor with its highly individual structure and unusual interior design. The complete works of Nussbaum have been exhibited here since March 1999.

    Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, weekends 10am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 3 €.

  • Kalkriese Museum and Park
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    Kalkriese Museum and Park

    The Battle of Varus in the year 9 AD, which took place in Kalkriese near Osnabrück, was the scene of the slaughter of 10,000 Roman soldiers at the hands of Germanic tribes. The museum commemorates the battle with artifacts such as weapons, coins and pieces of armour. The park includes the remains of the defensive ramparts built by the Germanic tribesmen, which helped them overcome the highly-trained and disciplined Roman legions, as well as a Roman pathway and a botanicum. The Kalkriese Museum and Park were awarded the European Culture Prize in 2005 for their innovative depictions of the Battle of Varus.

    Hours: April - October: open daily 10am - 6pm. 1. November - March: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.

    Admission: Adults 7€, Concessions 4 €, special exhibitions are an extra charge.

  • Geo and Nature Park TERRA.vita
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    Geo and Nature Park TERRA.vita

    Osnabrück lies in the middle of a large nature park: the Nature Reserve of the Northern Teutoburg Forest, Wiehengebirge Hills and Osnabrück Region – Terra.vita for short. It covers an area of 1,200 square kilometres, making it Germany’s biggest nature reserve. In 2004, the Terra.vita nature reserve was awarded UNESCO Geopark status--a geopark is a territory with a unique landscape, special fossil or mineral discoveries or important geological formations--on account of its extraordinary role as a geological heritage site. The varied landscape around Osnabrück and in the geopark is ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.

  • Felix Nussbaum Haus
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    Felix Nussbaum Haus

    The Felix Nussbaum Haus is a museum in Osnabrück, Germany, which houses the paintings of German-Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum. The building also houses an exhibition space, which focuses on racism and intolerance.

    In 1991, the city of Osnabrück, Germany, decided to dedicate a museum to one of its natives, Felix Nussbaum, a Jewish painter who died in the Holocaust. In 1996, Daniel Libeskind's proposal, titled "Museum Without Exit," won the competition to design the building, which was completed in 1998.

  • Botanischer Garten der Universität Osnabrück
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    Botanischer Garten der Universität Osnabrück

    The Botanic Garden of Osnabrück is an institution of Osnabrück University. It is located in the Westerberg area of the city in a former Muschelkalk quarry. Muschelkalk is a shell-bearing limestone typical to Central and Western Europe. The Botanic Garden is part of the University’s Faculty of Biology and Chemistry and was established in 1984. Main tasks of the Garden are education and research, as well as public relations.

    It comprises an area of 8.4 ha, subdivided between two quarries. One quarry of 5.6 ha houses the outdoor display gardens as well as the glasshouse. The second quarry of 2.8 ha is a conservation area and home to rare plant associations typical to recently abandoned limestone quarries. The garden’s outdoor display areas show different plant communities from all over the world such as Mediterranean and alpine plants, or North American and Eurasian forests. There are also thematic collections of medical and aromatic plants and plant families (e.g. the garlic family or the heath family). In the Lowland Rainforest House more than 800 species of tropical plants provide an example for the vegetation of the Amazon basin.

  • Leysieffer Confectionery
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    Leysieffer Confectionery

    Since 1909 the family Leysieffer titillated the customers palates with selected confectionery and pastry shop specialities like about 80 different kind of chocolates and truffles, about 60 different kinds of chocolate bars in different flavours, pastries, more than 20 sorts of jam and a lot more.

    Leysieffer concentrates mainly on the production of chocolates and truffles. One of the most well-known of these products are the Himmlischen a fantastic cream truffle chocolate with a melt-in-the mouth filling and rolled in sugar.

    Using the long experience Leysieffer had gained over the years in the confectionery and cafés business, the company developed a new kind of bistro catering market by opening 1985 the first Leysieffer Bistro in Westerland on the island of Sylt situated in the North Sea. The aim was to offer guests a different menu of good, but simple food every day. The top quality required by Leysieffer meant that the bistro had to have its own production department around where all served specialities are produced every day fresh such as the well-known red fruit jelly called Sylter Rote Grütze, mousse au chocolate, fruit and cream gateaux as well as savoury dishes which change daily in response to the season. This exclusive catering concept has enabled Leysieffer to continue to expand, and now the company runs bistros in the most exclusive locations in major cities in Germany.

    • price level: budget
    • opening hours: Open Mon-Sun
    • address: Krahnstraße 41, Osnabrück 49074
    • telephone:+49 541 338150
    • email:verwaltung@leysieffer.de
    • fax:+49 541 3381549
    • rates and features:Top value restaurant. Main course about € 4.00 - € 11.00
  • Weser Renaissance
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    Weser Renaissance

    Weser Renaissance is a form of Renaissance architectural style that is found in the area around the River Weser in central Germany and which has been well preserved in the towns and cities of the region.


    Between the start of the Reformation and the Thirty Years War the Weser region experienced a construction boom, in which the Weser, playing a significant role in the communication of both trade and ideas, merely defined the north-south extent of a cultural region that stretched westwards to the city of Osnabrück and eastwards as far as Wolfsburg. Castles, manor houses, town halls, residential dwellings and religious buildings of the Renaissance period have been preserved in unusually high density, because the economy of the region recovered only slowly from the consequences of the Thirty Years War and the means were not available for a baroque transformation such as that which occurred to a degree in South Germany.

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Osnabrück Overview

Osnabrück is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, some 80 km NNE of Dortmund (Dortmund vacation rentals | Dortmund travel guide), 45 km NE of Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide), and some 100 km due west of Hannover (Hannover vacation rentals | Hannover travel guide).

The city lies in a valley penned between the Wiehengebirge and the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forest. As of June 30, 2006, its population was 163,357, making it the third largest city in Lower Saxony.

Things to See in Osnabrück

  • Town Hall. It houses the Friedensaal, where the Peace of Westphalia was signed.
  • St. Peter's Cathedral, founded in the 11th century. It has two façade towers, originally of the same size: in 1502-1543 the south western tower was enlarged, supposedly to make space for new cathedral bells which had been ordered and that turned out to be too large
  • Heger Tor ("Heger Gate"), a monument to the soldiers from Osnabrück who died at the battle of Waterloo (1815).
  • Bucksturm, the oldest tower in the city, and once part of the city walls. It was once used as prison for women accused of witchcraft.
  • Ruwe Fountain" (1985), created for the city's 1200th birthday.
  • Gladiator 2000 (1986), a gigantic painture (45 × 6 meters) by Nicolae Covaci.
  • Felix Nussbaum Haus A Gallery and Museum dedicated to the Jewish artist and painter Felix Nussbaum who died in the Holocaust
  • Kalkriese Museum, situated on the battlefield of the Teutoberger Wald, in which German tribes under Arminius destroyed three Roman legions. It exhibits artefacts unearthed on the battlefield and tells the story of how the battle came to be.

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More about the History of Osnabrück

Osnabrück developed as a marketplace next to the bishop's see founded by Charlemagne, king of the Franks, 780. Some time before 803, the city became seat of the Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrück. Also uncertain, but it makes Osnabrück the oldest bishopric in Lower Saxony. In the year 804 Charlemagne possibly founded the Gymnasium Carolinum (a school), which would make it the oldest German Gymnasium. But the charter with the date is disputed and could be a forgery. In 889 it was given merchant, customs, and coinage privileges by King Arnulf of Carinthia. It is first mentioned as a "city" in records in 1147. Shortly afterwards, in 1157, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa granted the city fortification privileges (Befestigungsrecht). Most of the towers that were part of the medieval fortification are still visible in the city. Osnabrück became a member of the Hanseatic League in the 12th century, as well as a member of the Westphalian Federation of Cities. The main period of witch hunting in Osnabrück was between 1561 and 1639. In the year 1582 during the reign of mayor Hammacher (1565-1588) 163 women were killed as alleged witches, most of them burned. During the tenure of mayor Dr. Pelster between 1636-1639, more than 40 women were killed as witches. In total, 276 women and 2 men were executed after a witch trial for wizardry. In 1632 a Jesuit university was founded emanating from the Gymnasium Carlinum. One year later it was closed by the Swedish reign of the Prince-Bishop. Between 1643-1648 negotiations in Münster and Osnabrück led to the Peace of Westphalia. The city passed to the Electorate of Hanover in 1803 during the German Mediatisation and then briefly to the Kingdom of Prussia in 1806. It was part of the Kingdom of Westphalia from 1807-10, after which it passed to the First French Empire. After the Napoleonic Wars, it became part of the Kingdom of Hanover in 1815. Osnabrück was then annexed by Prussia in 1866 after the Austro-Prussian War and administered within the Province of Hanover. The city became part of the new state of Lower Saxony in 1946 after World War II.

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Osnabrück is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, some 80 km NNE of Dortmund, 45 km NE of Münster, and some 100 km due west of Hannover.

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