The Osnabrück District contains three sizable towns, but does not include within its political boundaries the capital city of Osnabrück. Nonetheless, you will want to take advantage of all the attractions that the rural district has to offer, from mountains and rivers to castles and spas.
Osnabrück District Map
Towns & Villages in the Osnabrück District
- Bad Essen
- Bad Iburg
- Bad Laer
- Bad Rothenfelde
- Dissen am Teutob. Wald
- Hagen a.T.W.
- Hilter am Teutob. Wald
Georgsmarienhütte is located in the Teutoburg Forest just to the south of the district seat. At least two sights are well worth seeing here: a 12th century Benedictine convent, the Kloster Oesede, and a local history museum, the Museum Villa Stahmer.
To the north, Bramsche has a unique Drapery Museum, featuring cotton, linen, wool, silk, viscose and polyester. It also features a large spa you will want to enjoy, the Bäder Bramsche, offering sports activities, wellness treatments and the Aquarena, a combination restaurant, café, bar and bistro.
The largest town in the district, Melle, is situated to the east and can be enjoyed by the hour, the day or the week. Its Diedrich Castle, completed in 1860, affords a wonderful view of the region from the tower observation platform. If you have time, visit the museum of local history, where you can purchase bread baked according to recipes written in 1572.
Two smaller towns to visit in the district are Dissen am Teutoburger Wald, a charming old-style town in the southeast, and Bad Iburg, with its 17th-century Ilburg Castle and many spas. You will also find numerous wellness facilities in Bad Rothenfelde and Bad Laer.