Living in Osnabrück Land
Osnabrück Land is a region situated in south-west Lower Saxony and borders with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is also a part of the Wiehen Hills (Wiehengebirge) and Teutoberg Forest (Teutoberger Wald), and is located within the TERRA.vita UNESCO Global Geopark. Nestled in the heart of north-west Germany, Osnabrück Land lies between the Ruhe Area (Ruhrgebiet) and overseas ports. The cities of Bremen, Dortmund, or Hanover are all less than an hour’s drive from the outer areas of Osnabrück Land. Through its FMO (Münster-Osnabrück) Airport, national and international destinations further afield are also readily accessible: Munich, Berlin, the Balearics, or Turkey, for example.
Not too big, not too small – living in Osnabrück Land
Just right! This is what residents and visitors of and to Osnabrück Land alike repeatedly say. On the one hand, the beautiful landscape comprising woods, meadows, fields, hills and valleys in the TERRA.vita Nature Park, which extends across a substantial portion of Osnabrück Land. On the other, shopping, strolls, cafes and clubs in the city of Osnabrück or any of the many surrounding towns and municipalities.
Loving city life in Osnabrück Regional Centre
With Osnabrück Regional Centre and its more than 150,000 residents, Osnabrück Land offers all of the benefits of urban life. Culture, shopping experience, clubs, gastronomy. The third largest city in Lower Saxony is known as the City of Peace ("Friedensstadt"), as it is here (and in Münster) that the Thirty Years’ War came to an end. Even today, numerous sights, such as the medieval old town (Altsstadt) or events like the hobby horse parade (Steckenpferdreiten), recall times gone by. Osnabrück offers a wide range of residential districts: be it the student suburb of Wüste, the middle-class Katharine Quarter (Katharinenviertel), or the numerous urban villas in Westerberg. Virtually every lifestyle is at home and welcome here.
Everyone knows everyone else – life in a small city
I’d like to live near a major city but without actually living there. I’d like to enjoy nature without giving up the benefits of city life. For everyone looking to enjoy this way of life, the towns of Georgsmarienhütte (south of Osnabrück), Bramsche (north of Osnabrück) and Melle (east of Osnabrück) offer exactly this setting. Urban flair filled with shopping streets or pedestrian zones, but a mere five minutes away from natural surroundings. The city of Osnabrück is just a 10-minute drive from any of these locations, but, with populations of between 30,000 and 50,000, everything is more manageable. Living space is affordable, public transport well developed, and neighbourliness a top priority in the numerous new residential developments.
Get out in nature – life in the country
Despite its over 350,000 inhabitants (when combined with the city of Osnabrück over half a million), Osnabrück Land has a more rural flair about it. Numerous small and medium-sized towns, such as Fürstenau, Bersenbrück, Quakenbrück, Neuenkirchen or Wallenhorst (north of Osnabrück), Bohmte, Bad Essen, Ostercappeln, Bissendorf or Belm (east of Osnabrück), or towns and municipalities situated to the south of Osnabrück (Hagen a.T.W., Hasbergen, Bad Iburg, Hilter a.T.W., Bad Laer, Dissen, Bad Rothenfelde and Glandorf) offer an exceptional living environment in natural surroundings. A network of well-developed federal and state roads as well as the A1, A30 and A33 motorways ensure that the more rural towns and municipalities can be easily accessed.
Osnabrück District - The Heart of Germany's North West