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Coat of arms of Osnabrück
Coordinates 52°16′44″N 8°2′35″E / 52.27889°N 8.04306°E / 52.27889; 8.04306
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Urban district
Lord Mayor Boris Pistorius (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 119.80 km2 (46.26 sq mi)
Elevation 63 m  (207 ft)
Population 163,357  (30 June 2006)
 - Density 1,364 /km2 (3,532 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate OS
Postal codes 49074 – 49090
Area code 0541

Osnabrück is a city in Germany in the state of Lower Saxony. It is around 1,200 years old.[1] The castle dates back to the 19th century. The city was founded by Charlemagne. It has about 165,000 inhabitants, and is twinned with Derby, UK, as well as five other cities around Europe.

Osnabrück is in the south of the state, on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia. It shares an airport with the neighbouring city of Münster which is in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the only German city in a national park.[2]

It is known as the City of Peace.[3]


  1. "Osnabrück Today". Derby's website. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  2. "Welcome to Osnabrück". Osnabrück's website. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  3. "Osnabrück – City of Peace". Tourism Marketing Niedersachsen. Retrieved September 25, 2011.