History and Highlights
Tradition states that Braunschweig was created by the merging of two settlements on either side of the river Oker around the 10th century. Duke Henry the Lion transformed the Castle Square into the central point of the Guelph power in the 12th century and erected the bronze sculpture of the proud lion in the year 1166, as a symbol of his power and jurisdiction.
Let’s take a walk through the city along the historic sights:
Starting at the Castle Square adjoined by the Burg Dankwardrode and the Cathedral St. Blasius a bronze statue of the Braunschweiger Lion can be seen. Continuing through the cobblestone pedestrian zone passing by the neo-Gothic town hall one arrives at the Residenzschloss. The Ducal Palace offers a lot of opportunities to do some shopping in a historic atmosphere and accommodates the city library and archives as well as the Palace Museum. On sunny days one might like to go up to the roof and take a closer look at the largest Quadriga in Europe and the skyline of Braunschweig. Strolling along the Rizzi House and into the Magniviertel, the oldest quarter of the city with its own rustic charm, one can admire the old timber-framed houses. Going on to enjoy a beverage or meal on the sunny Coal Market in a lively atmosphere in the heart of the city next to the fountain from 1869. Ending at the romantic Old town Market, surrounded by the old town hall, the Church of Saint Martin and the Gewandhaus, the former house of the draper’s guild.
Take closer look at Braunschweig’s sights at a 1.5 hours walk around the city.
An Audio-Visual-City Tour in English or German is offered by the Touristinfo at the Burgplatz (Castle Square). Equipped with an electronic city guide one is sent on a route with 27 stations in the city center of Braunschweig. The price for a 3-hour tour is 7.50€.
The “Entdecke Braunschweig”-App (Discover Braunschweig) offers background facts on sights, a city map and other information regarding the city. A German version can be downloaded in the IOS App store or in the google play store for free. It also allows an interesting view of the city’s sights using augmented reality.
Next to the historical sights, Braunschweig offers many other attractions like different parks and gardens, the river Oker as well as other lakes. Close by the conference venue one finds the Inselwallpark and the Museumspark. Furthermore, the Botanical Garden of the university is in walking distance (5 minutes) of the venue as well. Different museums are worth paying a visit i.e. the Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum, which exhibits art from the ancient world to the early modern age from artist like Rembrandt, Dürer, Rubens and Picasso.
Volkswagen, Siemens, Bombardier Transportation, NewYorker and Bosch are just a few of the big companies that are located in the lion city Braunschweig. A typical souvenir is called Mumme. It is a peculiar kind of beer brewed in the city. The malt extract was shipped all over the world back in the Hanseatic days. In addition, two major breweries still produce in Braunschweig - the Hofbrauhaus Wolters and Oettinger Beer. Located close by one finds the Jägermeister factory.
Sport enthusiasts will not be disappointed. Braunschweig is the home of successful teams in different disciplines: The NewYorker Lions have won the German Football Bowl various times, the Braunschweiger Basketball Löwen compete in the first Basketball league in Germany and the fans of the Eintracht Braunschweig soccer team are famous for their support of the local team.
There are many different cultural experiences provided by the city throughout a year’s course i.e. the Schoduvel, a German medieval carnival, Christmas market and several performances in the Staatstheater, the city’s opera and theater house.