15 Facts About Osnabruck


Osnabruck is a city in the German state of Lower Saxony.

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Osnabruck was the home of the largest British garrison outside the United Kingdom.

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Osnabruck initially developed as a marketplace next to the bishopric founded by Charlemagne, King of the Franks, in 780.

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Osnabruck was first referred to in records as a "city" in 1147.

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Osnabruck became a member of the Hanseatic League in the 12th century, as well as a member of the Westphalian Federation of Cities.

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Control of Osnabruck passed to the Electorate of Hanover in 1803 during the German Mediatisation, and then briefly to the Kingdom of Prussia in 1806.

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In 1866, Osnabruck was annexed by Prussia after the Austro-Prussian War and administered as part of the Province of Hanover.

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Politically, Osnabruck in the 1920s was a stronghold of support for the Social Democrats and the Catholic Centre Party.

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The University of Osnabruck invested heavily in infrastructure to take on more students for the following years.

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Osnabruck is part of the electoral constituency Stadt Osnabruck for elections to the Bundestag.

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City of Osnabruck is connected by road to the A1, the A30 and the A33.

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Osnabruck Hauptbahnhof is an important rail travel hub.

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An extensive bus network operated by the Stadtwerke Osnabruck provides public transport within the city and the surrounding region.

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Previously Osnabruck had made contact with the British authorities as early as 1948, hoping to find an English twin town and therefore achieve greater understanding with their former enemies in the Second World War.

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Unfortunately, this attempt was unsuccessful and Osnabruck did not actively consider the idea again for another quarter-century.

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