This station (in German: Osnabrück Hauptbahnhof) is unusual in that two major railroad lines cross here at right angles, on two different levels.
On the upper level, with tracks 1-5, there are trains going from north to south or south to north. On the lower level, with tracks 11-14, there are trains going from west to east or east to west.
I arrived on the upper level, track 3, on an InterCity train from Duisburg and left two days later from the lower level, track 12, on an InterCity train going west to Amersfoort, in the Netherlands.
All the platforms on the upper level are connected by stairs and elevators with all the platforms on the lower level, so people who are changing trains can go directly to their next train without going through the main hall of the station.
At the central train station there is also a bicycle station (second photo) which offers guarded indoor bicycle parking, bike rentals, repairs, information and even an automatic bicycle washing machine like the one at the station in nearby Münster.
For those who do not want to pay for guarded indoor bicycle parking, there are numerous outdoor bicycle stands on the square in front of the station (third photo) where people can lock their bikes to the stands.
Address: Theodor-Heuss-Platz, Osnabrück
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Like most cities in northern Germany, Osnabrück has a high level of bicycle use by all age groups and all segments of the population.
Since 2005 the city has had a Bicycle Traffic Plan which defines criteria for infrastructure, service, information and communication, with the intention of encouraging even more people to use their bicycles for transportation and recreation.
Practically all the main streets have bicycle lanes and most of the main intersections have special traffic lights for cyclists.
At the station in Osnabrueck I saw the BIGGEST vending machine I have ever seen! It was massive - the size of a small shop - which it had in fact sadly replaced. The little shop right next door to it in the station had been closed down and boarded up.
I was only here briefly whilst changing trains to Cloppenburg from Diepholz. The station was large and bustly and the staff in the Reiseburo helpful. We were able to get a coffee and cake whilst waiting for the train.
the airport is an every year more expanding international airport, about half an hour of distance from Osnabrueck with a good shuttle bus service from Osnabrück station. Also some of the special offers airlines as e.g. Air Berlin have flights to this airport.
on the axis Amsterdam - Berlin (west - east) and Hamburg - Ruhrgebiet (north - south) the railways station has got one special feature: it´s constructed on two floors, the trains are really crossing here!
Here you have conexions to Amsterdam (around 3 to 4 hours), Berlin (3 hours), Hamburg (2 hours) Cologne (2 hours) or Frankfurt (3 1/2 to 4 hours).