Oldenburg is located in Lower Saxony, the second largest state in Germany, in the Northwest of the country and only 50 km away from the North Sea. With a population of almost 160,000, the city on the Hunte River is a hub for economy, science and research, administration, and culture. Small and medium-sized businesses and dynamic industrial services are the key economic features of Oldenburg, but it is also home to small manufacturing companies and industries such as automotive suppliers, food companies, photo development and printing services, and printing houses.
With its wide variety of shops and stores, Oldenburg also offers a wonderful shopping experience. The Fußgängerzone, the city's pedestrians-only shopping district, is well known even outside the region. A vibrant city, Oldenburg also has a diverse cultural scene. Every year, thousands of tourists from all over the world pay us a visit and enjoy the many sights to see and places to go. The Oldenburg State Theatre (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater), housed in an imposing new Renaissance-style stone building, offers a variety of dance and drama performances. Visitors can also enjoy a wide range of museums, or visit the Palace and its beautiful Palace Gardens. Annual markets, feasts, and festivals include the Oldenburg Culture Summer (Kultursommer), the Oldenburg International Film Festival, and the KIBUM (Kinder- und Jugendbuchmesse), Germany's largest non-commercial book fair for literature for children and young adults.
While here, you may notice the many bicycles. Oldenburg is a bicycle-friendly city with 270 km of (safe) bicycle paths, and cycling is very popular among locals, both as a mode of transport and as a leisure activity.
In 2008 Oldenburg was voted "City of Science 2009" for its innovations in science and research, which is why it is also called the Übermorgenstadt, or the "day-after-tomorrow-city" to express its forward-looking approach. The combination of a strong economy, a diverse and lively cultural scene, and of innovative science and research make Oldenburg a great place to live.