Columbus-Verlag Paul Oestergaard GmbH

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  • 72505 Krauchenwies
  • Germany

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When Paul Oestergaard created the publishing house in Berlin, in 1909, his vision was to bring high quality reference globes into the homes of the public. A Columbus globe for each home was the idea he had in mind, and the philosophy that globes should not be exclusive to the wealthy. These were among the highest quality globes ever produced and offered at an affordable price so that all could enjoy their superior cartography. The globes were produced in 24 languages and were sold all around the world. Production constantly grew, as did the staff. Within only a few years the international demand for these excellent globes outgrew the factory's supply capabilities.

In 1963, the third Oestergaard generation took over the company. Peter Oestergaard was a machine builder by trade, and helped developing the revolutionary DUPLEX globe. This was a milestone for not just Columbus globes, but for the entire globe industry, as it was the first plastic globe produced which was made by using a mostly-automated manufacturing process.

After the re-unification of Germany in 1993, Peter along with his son Torsten Oestergaard, recognized a need to speed up the process of updating cartography to match the speed of our changing world. It was then decided to move to a digital format for maintaining cartographic data and to move facilities again into a more efficient, all-in-house production facility, where the Oestergaard family could have more direct control of the final product.

In 1999 Columbus Globes took over another specialty globe maker who was among the last still producing hand coated, mouth blown crystal spheres for cartographic globes. The acquisition of this manufacturing process has essentially preserved this particular method of globe making from going extinct. The cherished glass globes are still offered today thanks to the foresight of the Oestergaard family. It was also in 1999 that Columbus Globes was granted the exclusive license to produce globes for the National Geographic Society.

In 2000, Columbus globes shocked the globe industry once again with their development of the first electromagnetic levitating globe.

Very impressive are the MAGNUM globes. Up to 6.5 ft diameter, these globes represent the world very rich in detail.

At the international Frankfurt bookfair 2011 COLUMBUS presents to the wondering public talking globes which tells all different kind of information about the world affairs.

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  • that COLUMBUS was honored by our foreign minister Westerwelle for one of Germany's most beautiful manufacturers?

  • that COLUMBUS launched the first globe with digital content, which can be heard with a digital audio pen?

  • that COLUMBUS has developed the first app for using on a globe - the COLUMBUS 4D globe app?

  • that the cartography of the Ravensburger puzzleball® as well as the new TIPTOI ball are produced by COLUMBUS?

  • that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited COLUMBUS to our 100 anniversary, within her tour to medium-sized companies in Germany?

  • that COLUMBUS cooperates with well-known publishers such as KOSMOS, WAS IST WAS, GEOLINO and GEO? Together with these partners, we are producing numerous exciting and informative globes and maps.

  • that our illuminated PLANET EARTH got the "Silver Award" from Worlddidac? Worlddidac is the global trade association for companies providing products for education and training at all levels.

  • that all COLUMBUS illuminated globes have always been exclusively produced in Germany?

  • that COLUMBUS produces in series the biggest globes available with diameters of 65, 77, 100 up to fabulously 200cm  - the MAGNUM globe series?

  • that in the year 2000, COLUMBUS launched the first floating globe ever?

  • that Mr. Kevin Allen, chief of map services at NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, found the following words for globes produced by COLUMBUS: "The best globes we`ve ever known!"

  • that COLUMBUS developped the first video globe in 2015?



Columbus-Verlag Paul Oestergaard GmbH Am Bahnhof 2-6 72505 Krauchenwies Germany +49 7576/9603-0


Columbus-Verlag Paul Oestergaard GmbH Am Bahnhof 2-6 72505 Krauchenwies Germany +49 7576/9603-0


Columbus-Verlag Paul Oestergaard GmbH Am Bahnhof 2-6 72505 Krauchenwies Germany +49 7576/9603-0


Columbus-Verlag Paul Oestergaard GmbH Am Bahnhof 2-6 72505 Krauchenwies Germany +49 7576/9603-0

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