Oldenburg Travel Guide

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    Lamberti church and guard-house
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Oldenburg Highlights

  • Pro
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     all interesting things close together 

  • Con
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     Terrible weather, expensive and boring 

  • In a nutshell
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     I would go back again and again 

Oldenburg Things to Do

  • Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch

    The Museum of Nature and Human Life in Oldenburg is an interesting place to visit. There is a small aquarium and many rooms to wander featuring exhibits such as 'Moor' which details the history of reclaiming of land from the sea in this part of Germany. There is also a room featuring gemstones and one with stuffed animal exhibits.It is open...

  • Markt and Town Hall

    The market square in front of Lamberti church is the 'living room' of the city and an enjoyable spot to relax and have a coffee in one of the street cafes. Big trees provide shade and create a homely atmosphere.The town hall was built in 1887 instead of a renaissance precedessor. The brick facades show neo-gothic style that matches the new facades...

  • Lamberti Church

    This church was the main reason for my visit to Oldenburg. I needed photos for my book. It is a remarkable example that shows how style and idea of protestant church architecture changed in the run of the 19th century.From the outside, the church looks like just another of those late 19th century neo-gothic churches that can be found everywhere....

  • Lappan Tower

    Lappan is the (untranslatable) name of the tower at the northern end of Lange Straße pedestrian mall. It is now isolated but once belonged to the chapel of Heilig-Geist-Spital (Hospital of the Holy Spirit). Nothing else is left of the hospital. The former steeple was built in the 1460s, the baroque top was added in 1709.

  • 17th Century Houses in Lange Straße

    Two remarkable historical brick houses can be located in Lange Straße:No. 76, now Hotel Graf Anton Günther: dated 1682, changes in the late 19th centuryNo. 77, Hofapotheke (court pharmacy): dated 1677, court pharmacy since 1767, changes in the second half of the 18th century.

  • A Stroll of the Town

    Oldenburg's centre consists of winding streets, mostly pedestrian-only, with shops and a mix of pre- and post-war architecture. Not spectacular but pleasant. I like the atmosphere. Go for a walk, do some shopping, discover the place's hidden gems...

  • Guard-House

    The guard-house in the square opposite the palace is a fine example of classicist architecture. Built in 1839, the facade shows elements of ancient Greek temple architecture with doric columns.

  • Palace Gardens - a Place to Relax

    The beautiful palace gardens, now a public park, were designed as an English landscape garden in 1806-1817. A number of small neoclassicist buildings - the tea pavillon, a greenhouse, the gate house - are well preserved among beautiful old trees, green lawns and abundant flower beds. A walk in the park is enjoyable after sightseeing and you will...

  • Schloss - Palace

    Oldenburg's palace served as residence of the Counts of Oldenburg until 1918. ICount Anton Günther had the medieval water castle turned into a renaissance palace between 1607 and 1615. Around 1740 the facades were modernized in baroque style. The eastern wing was added in 1774-1778, two more wings in the early and late 19th century.The palace now...

  • Horst Janssen Museum

    The Horst Janssen Museum is a gallery in Oldenburg featuring the works of local artist Horst Janssen and the more illustrious Toulouse Lautrec. The exhibits also include information about the lives of the painters as well as the paintings and sketches themselves. Note most information is in German.The museum is open Tues-Sun 10-6. The museum is...

  • Pulverturm

    This building was an ammunition tower. It was restored in the mid-1990's but has existed since the 16th century.

  • Oldenburg Castle

    The bright yellow Oldenburg Schloss is found in Oldenburg's old town. The building dates from around 1607. It is presently a museum.

  • Pub mile "Wallstrasse"

    Near the northern end of the inner city pedestrian zone (btw the largest in Germany) you'll find the "Wallstrasse". This road without ca traffic just consists of pubs, restaurants, bars, music pubs and is higly frequented by people from 20 to 50 (most are of cause younger). During summer time the street is complety filled with people, sitting on...

  • The Lappan

    The Lappan was built in 1467/68. This is the symbol of Oldenburg. The original gothic roof perished in a fire, so it got a new cap after that.Until 1845, The Lappan had worked as a Town Gate with a sentinel.

  • The Old Town Hall

    The Old Town Hall was built in 1887. It can be found in the downtown, where the Church and the pedestrian precinct is.

  • Degodehaus

    The Degodehaus was built in 1502. It has a tipical german wood-structured style with a very nice decoration.

  • The Lappan

    This tower is right in the city center so, you can´t miss it. It was build in the years of 1467-68 and is one of the few buildings that survived the great fire of 1676! It´s a meeting point these days!

  • Visit one of the oldest and...

    Visit one of the oldest and greatest outdoor museums of Germany, situated in the city of Oldenburg.Or go to the famous animal and leisure park in Thulsfeld.In this museum one can see an exhibition of everyday history and of Lower Saxony's folk-culture.


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Oldenburg Nightlife

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    Oldenburg's pub mile

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 22, 2009

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    The eastern part of Wallstraße is Oldenburg's pub street, ther eis almost nothing else but pubs and cafes. I only passed through in the daytime but imagine it to be very lively in the evening.

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Oldenburg Transportation

  • Art Nouveau Train Station

    Oldenburg is well connected to main train routes via Bremen to the east and Emden to the west. When arriving by train, don't miss having a look at the train station building. Built in 1911-1914 shortly before World War I, it shows a modern construction and art nouveau ornaments. Unfortunately the brick ornaments in the main hall have been painted...

  • Everyone cycles in Oldenburg!

    The most convenient method of transport in and around Oldenburg is the bicycle. There are many shops where bicycles can be rented although the fees can be quite high.The infrastructure is very cyclist-friendly with numerous paths designated for bicycles around the city centre. It's worth remembering, however, that most of the city centre is...

  • Use a bicycle

    The easiest way of getting around is by bicycle. Oldenburg is small enough that most of the things can be reached by bike and it eliminates the hassle of finding a parking spot. Especially since the pedestrian zone is closed for cars. Since most of the people living in Oldenburg are using a bicycle, the car drivers are also trained to pay attention...


Oldenburg Local Customs

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    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 24, 2009

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    Note that Oldenburg does NOT belong to Ostfriesland/East Frisia, neither historically nor geographically. Never mention with locals that you think it does. Oldenburgers and East Frisians are natural born rivals - just like in many other cases of neighbouring villages, cities, or regions.

    According to rumours the infamous jokes about the Ostfriesen, those the whole rest of the nation has been laughing about for decades, were invented in Oldenburg.
    On the other hand, you'll hear that there are no toilets in Ostfriesland. Why? Because all the a$$holes are in Oldenburg.

    In other words, better not interfere...

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Oldenburg Warnings and Dangers

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    by slothtraveller Written Jun 30, 2007

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    On Saturdays, the centre of Oldenburg tends to get very busy, particularly in the Altstadt (Old Town). Many Dutch people from over the border come over to take advantage of Oldenburg's shopping streets. If you dislike crowds, I'd suggest visiting on a weekday instead.

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Oldenburg Off The Beaten Path

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    by nighthawk Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Leer is a nice little village just across the border, at least for us that is. When coming from Groningen, just cross the border at Nieuweschans and turn left so to say :).
    More pics of Leer can be found in my Germany page.

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Oldenburg Favorites

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    Zwischenahner Meer

    by Gentleman75 Updated Jul 21, 2004

    Favorite thing: If You are in Oldenburg, don't miss to visit Bad Zwischenahn. Bad Zwischenahn is a moor spa town where people, who love the nature, meet.

    If You need more information, visit my travel page about Bad Zwischenahn.

    You can get to Bad Zwischenahn from Oldenburg on the A28/E22.The distance is only 18km.

    Fondest memory: Bad Zwischenahn is a very calm town with fresh and clear air and lovely streets.

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