Osnabrück: meet where history was made
Trade and business with tradition
Trade and business have a long tradition in Osnabrück: The city was founded in the 8th century on a major European trading route and became a member of the Hanseatic league in the 14th century. Today, it is home to internationally operating companies and offers a mix of old and new that gives event professionals plenty to work with.
History & Sustainability
As early as 1648, Osnabrück proved its meeting credentials when the negotiations for the Treaty of Westphalia that ended the Thirty Years‘ War took place here and in neighbouring Münster. Since this first international congress, the “city of peace“ has hosted many more and made a name for itself as a modern meetings destination. Sustainability is key and the local convention bureau has united all the relevant service providers in the region in a green meetings initiative.
Did you know?
Erich Maria Remarque, author of the anti-war novel All Quite on the Western Front, was born in Osnabrück. The city’s Peace Centre pays tribute to the writer with a permanent exhibition and Osnabrück’s biannual peace prize is named after him.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Osnabrück is located in northwest Germany in the federal state of Lower Saxony at the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forest. Münster/Osnabrück International Airport is only about 20 miles away and ICE high-speed services call at the city’s train station. Osnabrück itself is very walkable, making it a pleasant destination where no time is wasted with unnecessary transport.
Osnabrück can cater for a variety of requirements and provides 1,500 hotel beds plus a range of venues including the OsnabrückHalle conference and congress centre, conference hotels, museums, monasteries or the local planetarium and zoo. OsnabrückHalle benefits from a central location in walking distance to the historical old town and main shopping street. On altogether 5,000 square metres, the modern venue offers eleven different function and conference rooms for a capacity of up to 1,700. Münster/Osnabrück International Airport is another popular option for events and conferences: Five conference rooms provide space for 15 to 120 delegates, there are options to hire fully fitted office spaces plus, the airport’s terminals and halls are also regularly used for big events, presentations or exhibitions.
For something a bit different that adds a bit of fun to the proceedings, try the Fursten Forest Fürstenau which features Europe’s largest outdoor activity space on what used to be a training area for the German army. The site also offers meeting facilities and catering so that team building and incentive activities can easily be combined with conferences, seminars or workshops.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
To get the best view on Osnabrück’s old town, make your way up to the viewing platform of the Heger Tor (Heger Gate) which was built in 1817 to commemorate local soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Waterloo. Then stroll around the city’s charming centre with its many shops, cafés and restaurants where you won’t be able to miss the famous town hall “Rathaus des Westfälischen Friedens“ (Town Hall of the Westphalian Peace) as one of Osnabrück’s major sights. The end of the Thirty Years‘ War was declared here and at the same time also in neighbouring Münster’s town hall, and the late Gothic building was awarded the European Heritage Label in 2015. Visitors can view the Hall of Peace that commemorates the peace treaty from 1648.
Osnabrück’s mix of old and new architecture is perfectly embodied in the Felix Nussbaum House that reminds visitors of the life and work of locally born Jewish artist Felix Nussbaum who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. The spectacular design by Daniel Libeskind makes for a museum visit with a difference and very special visitor experience.
For a breath of fresh air: The Teutoburg Forest in the south, whose green outskirts actually reach into Osnabrück’s centre, provides ample opportunity for walks and leisure activities.
The city also benefits from a strong science, academic and business community. It is home to a renowned university and university of applied sciences, institutions such as the German Federal Environmental Foundation promoting innovative environmental projects and a number of international players in the automotive, logistics, transport, technology, medicine and healthcare industries. All of which enables organisers to embed their conferences in an environment that adds value and know-how.