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Portrait of the City

The House of Guelph and early trading traditions

View of the Castle  (Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH / G.Grote)

Braunschweig has a lot to offer, not least of all its unique charm: that of a large and modern city with a rich past, where you can find refreshing green oases of leisure alongside the bustle of inner city life. First mentioned in records in 1031, Braunschweig continued to evolve, from the 12th century on strongly influenced by the House of Guelf and the Hanseatic tradition. Magnificent historical buildings such as Dankwarderode Castle and St. Blasii Cathedral in the heart of the city, as well as streets lined with historic houses, still bear witness to Braunschweig’s eventful past.

Cultural treasures at close range

Municipal Museum  (Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH / Okerland Archiv)

History and modern-day culture are closely intertwined in Braunschweig. The city boasts notable museums and major collections of a longstanding tradition. In addition to exceptional theatre performances and concerts, modern art exhibitions and large-scale sporting events, they are an integral part of Braunschweig’s cultural life.

Braunschweig - the Oker City

Raft tour on the Oker River (Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH /P.Steffen)

The green banks of the Oker River encircle the inner city of Braunschweig with a shimmering aquatic ring. During a slow-paced raft tour – that the tourist info service will be happy to organize for you – you will discover that Braunschweig is just as lovely from the water. Gliding noiselessly under trees, you can enjoy unusual vistas of impressive mansions and charming gardens. Those who prefer a more athletic approach will enjoy a trip in a pedal boat or canoe. Travelling on the Oker, you will be able to circumnavigate almost the entire inner city. And even viewed from land, the river has a magnetic flair. Several beautiful parks in the inner city offer walkways for a relaxing stroll along the river bank: Bürgerpark, Theaterpark, Museumspark and Inselwall offer countless picturesque spots with river views that will surely tempt you to linger a while. During the summer, take your pick from the many riverside cafés, restaurants, beer gardens and even beach clubs along the Oker.
Come and enjoy the many facets of the Oker River’s charms during your next visit to Braunschweig.

Shopping in Braunschweig

In front of the Ducal Palace  (Stadtmarketing Braunschweig / Sascha Gramann)

In the pedestrian zone, light-flooded arcades and modern commercial buildings dovetail perfectly with historic houses. Attractive shopping venues and a broad range of restaurants and eateries make for enjoyable shopping tours through the inner city. During the summer, linger and enjoy the colourful life passing by, from a seat at a café or bar on one of Braunschweig’s charming squares. During the Christmas season, the Lion City boasts the most beautiful Christmas market in Northern Germany.

Discover the region

Wind- and Watermill Museum Gifhorn  (Foto: Südheide Gifhorn GmbH)

Braunschweig is the perfect starting point for an extended cycling or hiking tour. Thanks to its ideal location and its excellent transport connections, it offers a broad choice of day trips through a region of extraordinary nature and culture, for example a visit to the Elm or Harz mountain ranges or the Lüneburg Heath.

Braunschweig – A sight to see