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Osnabrück is nice for a day trip, about an hour away by train or car. If you go by train, getting off at the Osnabrück Altstadt stop is more convenient than the main station. Barösta cafe in Redlinger Strasse is a beautiful stop for a coffee break (just as Cafe-Konditorei Läer in Krahnstrasse).  This Sunday, there is free admission at the Felix Nußbaum Museum  (from 10 am. to 6 p.m.): I have not personally visited but it looks well worth a visit – Painter Felix Nussbaum, born in Osnabrück in 1904 and murdered at Auschwitz in 1944, recorded the experiences of the decades following the First World War in his paintings and reflected upon them as part of his own situation, which the artist, as a Jew, was pushed into by the racist ideology of national-socialist Germany.
For a general look at the city there’s a guided tour in English every Monday at 7 p.m. starting from the town hall.
Thanks PollyEster for the tips!

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We are always looking for indoor things to do with the kids on cold rainy weekends so we visited Bielefeld’s Natural History Museum NAMU . It was much smaller then I had expected (3 rooms upstairs, room in the basement and a small temporary exhibit space) but they had put a lot of thought into making natural history, particularly animal conservation, interesting for children. Mine (2 & 4) were rather too young to appreciate the conservation message, but they enjoyed the tactile feel of the exhibits. They particularly enjoyed the dinosaur stencils in the education room.

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