Middle Germany might not include many top tourist destinations within Germany, but the region's access to the coast, rivers, plains and heath make it a destination for nature lovers. Osnabrück, located on the banks of the River Hase, is one of the region's historic and cultural centers.
Munster/Osnabrück International Airport serves the two cities and surrounding area. Osnabrück is about an hour and a half's drive from Hanover along the E-30 and is also connected to many German cities by train.
Between May and September days are long and sunny, although tourist attractions can be crowded. In the spring and fall seasons, the weather is pleasant and the crowds are thinner. Winter is a quieter time to visit Lower Saxony, but it is often cloudy and temperatures drop below freezing.
Osnabrück was founded by Charlemagne. You can learn more about the city's 1,200- year existence at Osnabrück's Museum of Cultural History.
If you're not arriving by rail, it's worth checking out the city's 100-year-old tower railway station. Check out the site of Roman defeat at Varusschlacht and visit the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Centre. Felix Nussbaum House, with its interesting architecture, houses the works of the late Jewish painter who died at Auschwitz.
The historic city center on the River Hase offers plenty of opportunities for pub hopping and craft shopping. Chances abound in the surrounding area for cycling, and Dümmer Nature Park would make a nice day trip.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.