As was the case with the historic palace, a charioteer formation stands on the portico of the rebuilt residence palace. The Quadriga is the largest in Europe with one charioteer; in this case, the city goddess Brunonia. The reconstruction was carried out from 2007 to 2008. True to the original formation, which was lost to a palace fire in 1865, the new group was cast with the aid of a plaster model by sculptor Ernst Rietschel, which has been preserved in the Albertinum of the Dresden Skulpturensammlung (sculpture collection).
The silicon-bronze group is more than 9 metres high, 7.5 metres wide and 9.5 metres long and weighs 25.8 tonnes.
The ascent to the Quadriga platform is lined with numerous illustrated panels depicting past and present scenes of the Braunschweig palace. The illustrations provide the visitor with a vivid insight into the eventful history of the Quadriga up until its placement atop the reconstructed residence palace. On the Quadriga platform, the impressive panorama of the Braunschweig city centre awaits the visitors. The vista is elucidated on panoramic panels which show the most important historical buildings in silhouette.
The Quadriga can be viewed via a visitors’ platform for an admission fee of 2 Euros.
The stairway to the Quadriga platform is located to the right of the portico and is marked with a sign. The stairway is open from Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter (Oct. - Mar.), and Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer (Apr. - Sept.). Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Please note that due to weather conditions, changes in the opening times are possible.