Osnabrück’s history as a Hanseatic city can be seen in the old trade routes which have now transformed into lively shopping streets. On a stroll along Krahnstrasse, the tantalising aroma of Leysieffer waffles lingers in the air, especially during the warm summer months. The confectionery shop and cafe have been based here for over 100 years, offering for example chocolate delights such as the Himmlische (heavenly) pralines.
“Osnabrück City – Where It’s All At” is the motto of Osnabrück’s business community. And it certainly is where it’s all at, with year-round shopping, fabulous food and places to see in the seven quarters from Heger Tor (Heger Gate) through the pedestrian zone to Johannisstrasse. Soak up the street culture during the summer and the magic atmosphere conjured up by the Christmas lights throughout the city centre during Advent. An added bonus is that all quarters are directly linked – so there’s no fear of getting lost.
The seven quarters
The Old Town (Heger Tor Quarter and Krahnstrasse) is Osnabrück’s "reception room", a place for celebrations, festivals, wine and Christmas markets. In the narrow streets of the Heger Tor Quarter, behind the historic town hall, you will find nice places to linger awhile, as well as exclusive shops and galleries, art and handicrafts. The "secret main street", Krahnstrasse, runs from the town hall to Nikolaiort and is lined mainly with owner-run shops offering customers high-quality exclusive goods.
With neighbouring restaurants in Herrenteichstrasse, Nikolaiort is increasingly becoming a culinary meeting place for the young and old.
Grosse Strasse/Georgstrasse: Osnabrück’s main shopping streets offer a vast selection of clothes. A must for any shopping enthusiast is a visit to North Germany’s biggest owner-run fashion house, L+T, in Grosse Strasse: Lengermann and Trieschmann (L+T) offers customers a wide range of fashions and relaxed places to eat in 120 brand stores spanning over 20,000 m2.
Architecture and ambience with flair and charm characterise the Kamp Promenade, which opened in September 2004. The multicoloured buildings gather round the large central square with cafes, banks and trees, not to mention shops, of course. The perfect place for a stroll or meeting up with friends. Further on, around the Koggenspielplatz (playground) on Adolf-Reichwein-Platz (Adolf Reichwein Square) and Redlinger Strasse, a young, dynamic quarter has recently emerged, attracting families and youngsters. The playground in the centre of the quarter is a very popular retreat and meeting place in the summer. The small, owner-run shops offer something out of the ordinary for the young and young at heart.
Hasestrasse is the oldest shopping street in Osnabrück and therefore rich in historical appeal. The colourful weekly market in the shadow of the cathedral complements the range of retail offers available and attracts many a visitor to the quarter every Saturday.
Johannisstrasse, the gateway to Osnabrück’s New Town, is more than just a shopping street. Besides a wide variety of retail offers, the street also displays its cultural side with the St Johann’s Church. Once a year, residents and visitors celebrate the legendary Johannisstrassenfest (street festival) for the whole family.