The message is in the name: the negotiations and the completion of the Westphalian peace from 1648 are the city history’s exceptional events. This Tradition has continued to this day. Every October around 1,200 fourth graders ride across the city hall’s steps on selfmade hobbyhorses and thus, recollect the announcement of the Westphalian peace. Furthermore, on the historic benches of the former envoys in the ‘Friedenssaal’ (hall of peace), guided city tours and the popular night watchmen tours start. No wonder the European Commission has awarded the European Heritage Label to Osnabrück’s and Münster’s city halls in 2015 as ‘sites of the Westphalian peace’. This label is awarded to places that have played a significant role in Europe’s history.



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