Osnabrück has gone down in history as a town where peace was made – and the people of Osnabrück are still very proud that the decisive negotiations to end the Thirty Years' War took place here. Osnabrück is also a town for connoisseurs that spoils its visitors with exceptional gourmet restaurants such as La Vie.
As you stroll through the old quarter surrounded by so much history, the town's importance through the centuries becomes almost palpable. The beautiful Romanesque Cathedral of St. Peter, the baroque palace, the medieval fortifications, timber-framed houses and, in particular, the late-Gothic town hall are all first-class sights.
Lest we forget
The Felix Nussbaum House is unlike anything you've seen before and has received acclaim all over the world as Osnabrück's newest and most striking museum. Designed by the famous Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, it displays the world's largest collection of works by Osnabrück-born Jewish artist Felix Nussbaum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. The distinctive architecture encourages visitors to look deeper into Nussbaum's life and work. Another of the town's most famous sons is the author Erich Maria Remarque. Osnabrück honours his memory and cements its reputation as a 'town of peace' with the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Centre and a biennial peace prize.
History at the town hall and gourmet dining
The La Vie restaurant, which occupies the beautiful neo-classical Haus Tenge opposite the town hall, is a magnet for gourmands from near and far. It's a place where you can enjoy the good things in life, namely fine food, friendly service and a laid-back atmosphere – and all to the highest standard. In the relaxed ambience of this gourmet establishment, head chef Thomas Bühner prepares sublime culinary creations, which have not only won him the praise of diners, but also two Michelin stars and 19 Gault Millau points. As the restaurant's name suggests, it's all about enjoying life to the full. The stylish surroundings play a part too: warm earthy tones, elegant woods and contemporary art provide the perfect dining backdrop. La Vie also hosts intimate cooking events and courses: for a few hours, typically on Saturdays, Thomas Bühner and his guests take time out to demonstrate the craft of cooking. The choice of topics covered are as diverse as they are delicious and range from the very basics to specialist fields such as fine wine and luxury chocolate.
Shopping, culture, festivals and events
Having been wined and dined, it is now time to discover some more of Osnabrück's captivating facets. The surrounding region, for example, is ideal for excursions and the annual 'Moonlight Shopping' is one of a number of events that add an interesting twist to a spot of retail therapy. Other Osnabrück highlights include the European Media Art Festival, the May Festival with its programme of free, open-air concerts and the exhibitions at the Kunsthalle gallery in the Dominican church – all of which attract visitors from across Germany and around the world.