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Osnabrück (German pronunciation: [ɔsnaˈbʁʏk] ; Westphalian: Ossenbrügge; archaic English: Osnaburg) is a city in the federal state of Lower-Saxony in north-west Germany. It is situated in a valley penned between the Wiehen Hills and the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forest. With a population of around 160,000, Osnabrück is the fourth-largest city in Lower Saxony. The city is the centrepoint of the Osnabrück Land region as well as the District of Osnabrück. The founding of Osnabrück was linked to its positioning on important European trading routes. Charles the Great founded the Diocese of Osnabrück in 780. The city was also a member of the Hanseatic League. Later Osnabrück became well known for its role in the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 which brought the Thirty Years’ War to an end; the treaty was signed both there and in nearby Münster. The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest took place in the region surrounding Osnabrück. The city is also known as the birthplace of novelist Erich-Maria Remarque (“All Quiet on the Western Front”) and painter Felix Nussbaum. Osnabrück's role in the Treaty of Westphalia later led it to adopt the title Friedensstadt ("city of peace"). More recently Osnabrück has become well known for its industry. Numerous companies in the automobile, paper, steel and grocery sectors are located in the city and its surrounding area. In spite of the massive destruction inflicted on the city during World War II, the Altstadt (old town) was eventually reconstructed extensively with designs loyal to the original medieval architecture there. Osnabrück was also the home of the largest British garrison outside of the United Kingdom. Osnabrück's modern, urban image is enhanced by the presence of more than 22,000 students studying at the University and the University of Applied Sciences. Although situated in the region of Lower Saxony, historically, culturally and linguistically Osnabrück is held to belong to the region of Westphalia.

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A place in Germany, Osnabrück is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. After your splendid visit to Osnabrück, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Bremen. Add Bremen to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Schnoor, Bremen Town Hall And Square, St. Peter's Cathedral. A holiday in Osnabrück can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Osnabrück*

  • Pollution Statistics in Osnabrück

    Know the pollution level of Osnabrück before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Osnabrück: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Osnabrück for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Osnabrück.

    • Burglary and Theft 35 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 30 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 65 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 30 (Low)
  • Living in Osnabrück - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 68.75 (High)
    • Climate Index 84.46 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 11.25 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 7 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 62.88 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.9 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 160.15 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Osnabrück

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Osnabrück

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.62 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 103.81 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 87.15 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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