Osterwieck, which is over 1025 years old, lies in the valley of the river Ilse between the Great Fallstein ridge in the north and the Harz mountains in the south. Magnificent half-timbered houses from the Gothic, Lower Saxon, Renaissance and Baroque eras characterise the old town. Many of the houses are decorated with beautiful carvings and inscriptions. Osterwieck's unique half-timbered ensemble of over 400 houses is considered one of the most valuable in the new federal states and has earned the town the nickname "Pearl of the state of Saxony-Anhalt".
The St. Stephani Church, built in the 12th century, with its 53 and 54 metre high Romanesque towers and 500-year-old Gothic altar shrine, is also particularly worth seeing. Located on the scenic route of the Romanesque Road, it is now the town's landmark.
Osterwieck's local history museum provides a comprehensive insight into the town's history. Located in the town hall built in 1554, it houses interesting exhibits from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, as well as remarkable pieces about the town's various guilds.
The lido in Osterwieck, open from May to September, promises leisure fun for young and old. With a large pool, diving tower and lawn for sunbathing, it leaves nothing to be desired.
With its beautiful landscape around the Great Fallstein and the Bismarck Tower on the Kirchberg, as well as its location on the Green Belt, Osterwieck offers numerous interesting excursion options for hikers and cyclists.