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Culture and Leisure

Culture and Leisure

Oldenburg offers a wonderfully diverse and extensive cultural programme. You can enjoy provocative art, a collection of paintings that belonged to the Grand Duke of Oldenburg, the Oldenburg Culture Summer, the Oldenburg Christmas Market, opera productions or puppet theatre. The programme ranges from rather traditional institutions to contemporary culture and an independent scene. Oldenburg has various theatres and theatre productions to offer, from big stage performances to student theatre at the University. The Museumslandschaft, Oldenburg's museum landscape, includes the Horst-Janssen-Museum, the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, the City Museum (Stadtmuseum), and the State Museum (Landesmuseen) for Art and Cultural History (Kunst und Kulturgeschichte) and the State Musuem for Nature and Man (Natur und Mensch). 

Parks and Gardens

The Schlossgarten (Palace Gardens), designed in the style of an English landscape garden, is a park close to the Schloss Oldenburg (Oldenburg Palace). It has a total area of 16 hectares and are open to the public all year round. You can enjoy a walk here, go for a run, have a picnic, or visit some of the various special events that take place during the summer. In 2014 this beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city celebrated its 200th anniversary. There are many special places to go within the gardens: the Tropical House, the Tea Pavilion, and the Reading Pavilion, as well as separate smaller gardens such as the Kitchen Garden. Another place to visit is the Dobbenwiesen, a green space in the Dobben district located between the city centre and the University. This is a great spot for playing football or cricket.

At the Botanical Garden near the University, a wide variety of domestic and exotic plants is on display. Unlike public parks and gardens, the Botanical Garden is designed to highlight the particular characteristics and biodiversity of the plants, including the less spectacular ones, rather than their aesthetic value. 

Public Swimming and Sauna

The OLantis Huntebad is a great place for swimming, sauna, wellness and aqua fitness. It has both an indoor and outdoor area with an open-air swimming pool that is open in the summer. The open-air swimming pool at the Freibad am Flötenteich is another great destination in the summer.