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Osnabrück is located in North-West Germany. With approximately 165,000 inhabitants, it is the third largest city in Lower Saxony. The historic city lies in a valley penned between theWiehen Hills and the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forrest.
Osnabrück is the cultural centre of the western part of Lower Saxony and the vital centre of an economic region with around 780,000 inhabitants, which includes not only Lower Saxony but also parts of North Rhine-Westphalia.
For many years, Osnabrück has been known as the Friedensstadt, or the ‘City of Peace’: In 1648 it was the site of the signing of the Westphalian Peace Treaty which ended the Thirty Years’ War.