Sprawling around the Hunte River, Oldenburg is a lively city in Germany’s far north. It was once home to the House of Oldenburg, which rose to prominence in the 15th century and ruled throughout Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. Oldenburg boasts outstanding museums exploring everything from art and archaeology to natural history.
Things to do in Oldenburg
One of the city’s most impressive architectural landmarks is Schloss Oldenburg, a former royal residence that houses a collection of the State Museum for Art and Cultural History. In addition to European paintings and decorative arts, it also features exhibitions detailing the local history. Adjacent lies the beautiful Schlossgarten, which is renowned for its rhododendron displays and features a small lake that can be explored by pedal boat.
For insight into the region’s natural history, archaeology and ethnography, pay a visit to the State Museum for Nature and Man. Originally opening to the public in 1836, its interactive exhibits appeal to all ages. A highlight of the museum is the Hunte Aquarium, where native flora and fauna from the region’s moors, geest and coast are showcased.
Art enthusiasts can visit the Horst-Janssen-Museum, where works by the German lithographer, wood engraver and illustrator are exhibited. It shares its entrance with the Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, which explores the city’s past. Wander through the recreated period interiors and see the models of Oldenburg at different points in time. Historic paintings and temporary art exhibitions are also showcased.
Getting around Oldenburg
Oldenburg is around 40 minutes’ drive from Bremen and Bremen Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Regular trains connect to the Oldenburg railway station and buses travel throughout the city. The centre of Oldenburg is compact enough to explore on foot.