Leisure tips

Leisure activities around Oldenburg Youth Hostel

Oldenburg is a former royal seat and ducal regional capital. Today it’s a bustling city that combines the flair of majestic historical buildings with contemporary art and a vibrant cultural scene. There are leisure activities to suit every preference in this enchanting city and region. Whether you’re thirsty for knowledge, a culture enthusiast or a nature fan – you’re guaranteed to have a great holiday at Oldenburg Youth Hostel and in the surrounding area.

Here are our suggestions:

In/at the hostel

  • Five conference and workshop rooms, plus a conference lounge
  • Large lounge area with various zones
  • Bike shed, cycle service station and charging points for e-bikes
  • Food store
  • Patio

In the immediate environment

  • Weser-Ems-Hallen just down the road
  • EWE Arena diagonally opposite the hostel
  • Oldenburg castle: a Renaissance castle built on the foundations of a medieval moated castle that is today in museum ownership
  • State Museum for Art and Cultural History in the castle: an in-depth experience of the Oldenburg region’s history from medieval times to the present day, with paintings, hall of mirrors and historic landscapes
  • Oldenburg castle park
  • Botanic garden
  • Lamberti church, built in ca. 1200, and the Degodehaus, half-timbered building dating back to 1502, on Oldenburg marketplace
  • Lappan: a former bell tower, built in 1466/7, which is OIdenburg’s city emblem
  • Horst Janssen Museum: art prints and interesting facts about the artist’s life and works
  • State Museum for Nature and Mankind
  • Oldenburger Kunstverein (art association)
  • Stadtmuseum Oldenburg (Oldenburg City Museum)
  • Oldenburg state theatre: around 30 premieres a year at four venues!
  • Oldenburg Summer of Culture
  • Seasonal and weekly markets
  • Hörgarten Oldenburg (sound garden) with theme park and acoustic experiments for adults and kids
  • Huntebad OLantis: water park and spa
  • UP Kletterzentrum Oldenburg: a climbing and bouldering centre offering a wide range of activities
  • Forest experience path in the Stadtwald municipal forest
  • 11 cycle tour routes
  • Canoe tours on the River Hunte
  • Canoe, kayak and rowing boat rentals
  • Eversten Holz nature reserve
  • Grosser Bornhorster See and Kleiner Bornhorster See lakes
  • Tweelbäker See lake
  • Drielaker See lake
  • Flötenteich open-air swimming pool
  • Sailing school (25 km away)
  • Windsurfing school  (25 km away)


  • Explore the Ammerland and North Sea coastal regions
  • Bad Zwischenahn and Zwischenahner Meer – a lake with water sports activities
  • The traditional Hanseatic city of Bremen with its buzzing cultural scene
  • Port cities Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven
  • Day excursions to the coast or the Dutch town of Groningen
  • The island of Helgoland
  • The island of Norderney
  • Day excursion to Klimahaus® Bremerhaven or Universum® Bremen

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