Excursion destinations: The region introduces itself
In the region surrounding Braunschweig, numerous charming excursion destinations and leisure facilities as well as delightful attractions in the districts and towns await your visit.
City of Bad Gandersheim
Since 1959, the highly acclaimed open-air theatre tradition has been kept alive every summer:
The “Gandersheimer Domfestspiele” have become Lower Saxony's largest open-air theatre and therefore a trademark of the city. For more than seven weeks, the extravagant setting in front of the Romanesque monument in the heart of the historic Old Town attracts numerous festival audiences to the cathedral portal. Up to 50,000 spectators visit the performances each season. The diverse programme caters for all age groups and ranges from children's stories to plays and music theatre. The grandstand in front of the cathedral portal seats 1,000 people. The varied supporting programme includes studio productions, a youth-theatre festival and the “Theaterfest” (theatre festival).
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Museum "Portal zur Geschichte" (Portal to History)
The decentralised presentation of the museum "Portal zur Geschichte" in Bad Gandersheim is comprised of three exhibition areas.
From 881 to 1810, the lives of the spiritual community of women centred around the Stiftskirche (collegiate church). The Gandersheim church treasure is stored in the church building with its impressive double-tower façade. The Brunshausen monastery hill forms the nucleus of Gandersheim. It was here that the Ottonian progenitors Liudolf and Oda founded the Gandersheim convent in 852. The exhibition “Starke Frauen - Feine Stiche” (Strong Women - Fine Stitches) in the former convent church presents, in addition to precious textiles from the early Middle Ages through to the baroque period, also the lives of the many remarkable women who worked in the convent. The exhibition section in the adjoining Brunshausen Summer Palace is entitled “Barocke Sammelleidenschaften” (Baroque passions for collecting). Egyptian pyramids, Isfahan, Rome - stunning pictures fill the walls. The rooms were not only used by Abbess Elisabeth Ernestine Antonie von Sachsen-Meiningen as an apartment during the warm season; they also housed her extensive art and natural history collections.
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District of Celle
Architecture & half-timbered houses
Almost 500 elaborately restored and listed half-timbered houses form the largest cohesive ensemble in Europe. The historic Hoppener Haus, one of the most magnificent half-timbered houses in the old town, or the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), an imposing brick building from the 19th century, are impressive testimonies to five centuries of eventful town history. Further historic attractions include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and the Stechbahn (old arena). All this can be found in Celle's unique historic Old Town.
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The castle of Celle with its theatre
The Herzogschloss Celle (Ducal Castle Celle) - The oldest building in Celle is considered one of the most beautiful Guelph castles in Northern Germany. First documented in 1318, over the centuries the simple castle was transformed into the magnificent residence of the Dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. The four-winged complex shows stylistic elements of the gothic, renaissance and baroque periods, both internally and externally. The Celle Castle Theatre is Europe's oldest regularly performing baroque theatre with its own theatre ensemble.
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Further information: Celle Castle Theatre (opens in a new tab)
Shopping in Celle – taste on every corner!
Experience a cosmopolitan town with Flair!
Take a relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of the late Middle Ages. Allow yourself to be inspired, because shopping in Celle means, above all, variety and originality: Behind the listed façades, you will find dozens of small but fine shops, cosy cafés and rustic restaurants that fulfil almost every wish. From regional specialities to international brands, you will find everything you are looking for.
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Museums in Celle – Celle's museum landscape is diverse!
In the Residenzmuseum (Residence Museum) in Celle Castle, you can experience the modern presentation of the history of the castle and its inhabitants: the Guelphs. Directly opposite Celle Castle, the Bomann Museum presents its collections on the ethnology of eastern Lower Saxony, the history of the town and the county history of Hanover. As the first 24-hour art museum in the world, the Kunstmuseum Celle offers day and night encounters with modern and contemporary art from the Robert Simon Collection. Further museums, such as the Haesler Museum, Garnison Museum and the Schützenmuseum, round off a cultural tour in Celle.
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District of Gifhorn
Internationales Mühlenmuseum Gifhorn (International windmill and watermill museum) (closed)
In the Internationales Mühlenmuseum in Gifhorn, the visitor embarks upon a journey through eleven countries of the world. The 14 mills from Europe and Asia are in working order and present themselves in their original size. Furthermore, the spacious exhibition hall contains a multitude of mill models, which were created by hand in filigree craftsmanship. The Mühlenviertel (mill quarter) with the Müllerhaus and the Trachtenhaus is the gastronomic centre point of the museum. Here, freshly baked bread and warm Streuselkuchen (crumble cake) from the stone oven invite you to linger.
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Note: The reopening is planned for Pentecost 2023. Find out about the exact date on the website of the museum.
Russian Basilika (closed)
On the grounds of the mill museum, there is a replica of the Russian Orthodox wooden church of St. Nicholas.
The tiered church has eight partially gilded domes. Numerous replicas of valuable icon paintings and an exhibition of showpieces from the manufacture of the Moscow Patriarchate can be viewed.
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Note: The reopening is planned for Pentecost 2023. Find out about the exact date on the website of the museum.
Glocken-Palast und Europäische Freiheitsglocke (Bell Palace and European Liberty Bell) (2022 closed)
The bell palace is located directly next to the grounds of the mill museum and, with its typical golden domes, is modelled on a monastery in the old Russian architectural style. The European Liberty Bell on the grounds in front of the Bell Palace is intended to commemorate the decades of division of Germany and Europe and the peaceful fall of the "Iron Curtain". The bronze bell, which weighs around ten tonnes, features portraits of Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush Sr., Helmut Kohl and Gyula Horn, in recognition of the significant contributions which they made towards the overcoming of borders and the unification of Germany and Europe.
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Schloss Gifhorn (Gifhorn Castle) with historical museum
In 1525, the Gifhorn Guelph Castle from the renaissance period was completed. It served as the residence of Duke Franz of Braunschweig and Lüneburg from 1539 to 1549. In the commandant's house, permanent exhibitions present the history of the castle. The museum exhibition, which is divided into five sections, provides visitors with an insight into the historical development of the Südheide Gifhorn region. Here, exhibits concerning prehistoric and early history as well as urban development and natural history can be admired. The chapel of the castle was one of the first sacred buildings in Northern Germany to be built especially for the Protestant church service.
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Otter-Zentrum Hankensbüttel (Otter Centre Hankensbüttel)
In the OTTER-ZENTRUM Hankensbüttel you can observe otters, badgers & co. in their natural habitats. During the daily feeding sessions, you can experience these shy predators at close range. The extensive grounds with restaurant offer opportunities not only for relaxation but also for exciting experiences with nature.
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Trip with the narrow-gauge railway into the Großes Moor (Great Moor)
The special features of the moorland landscape are presented during a ride on the narrow-gauge railway. In the covered carriages, specially designed for passenger transport, the tour proceeds at a comfortable six kilometres per hour to the Großes Moor and back again. You can see where peat is mined and how flora and fauna have adapted to the given conditions. On a new circuit there are two exits, a plank footbridge and a viewing platform.
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Tankumsee (Lake Tankumsee) Isenbüttel
The Tankumsee covers an area of around 62 hectares and has a sandy beach of approx. 1,000 metres in length.
The lake and the local recreation area offer a wide range of leisure activities such as fishing, swimming and bathing, mini-golf, children's bumper cars, sailing, surfing, tennis, barbecues, adventure tower, disc-golf and boat hire. A camping site, caravan parks, the Seehotel and holiday homes offer accommodation possibilities.
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BernsteinSee (Amber Lake)
The 9.5-hectare BernsteinSee is located directly on the Elbe Lateral Canal in a picturesque landscape of forest, heath and moorland.
The lake has an extensive bathing beach with fine-grained sand and offers recreational facilities such as water-skiing, adventure golf, stand-up paddling, archery, pirate adventure playground, large covered barbecue area, horseback riding and go-carting (indoor). A restaurant with lake terrace, a bistro with terrace and a barbecue pavilion on the beach invite you to further enjoy your stay. A comfort hotel, holiday homes and apartments offer accommodation possibilities.
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Heath areas in the Südheide Gifhorn (South Heath, Gifhorn)
The heath landscapes of the Lüneburg Heath are popular recreational areas with mystical places and can be particularly appreciated during their late-summer violet-hued bloom. At any time of the year, the heath invites you to undertake wonderful walks. You can enjoy the fine yellow sand, lush green pines, colourful foliage and mysterious moorland landscapes. In the southern heath of Gifhorn you can discover, for example, the Heiligen Hain near Wahrenholz and the Gifhorn Heath in the Winkel district.
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Altstadt Gifhorn (Old Town, Gifhorn)
The beautiful Old Town of Gifhorn, which is characterised by half-timbered houses, offers a wide range of opportunities for shopping, stopping by and lingering. Many well-preserved and renovated old-town houses bear witness to Gifhorn's more than 800-year history. Unique are, for example, the imposing old Gifhorn town hall from 1562 and the Kavalierhaus, built in the Weser Renaissance style.
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District of Goslar & Harz
Old Town of Goslar
The Old Town of Goslar has been distinguished by UNESCO for its special state of preservation, with more than 1500 half-timbered houses from different eras, located in the Old Town centre within the former town wall.
Imposing buildings, picturesque alleys and historic buildings provide the Old Town with a special atmosphere.
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Kaiserpfalz (Imperial Palace)
With its extensive exhibition on the history of the travelling empire, the Imperial Palace is a "must" for every visitor to Goslar.
Built between 1040 and 1050 under Henry III, the Imperial Palace is a unique monument of secular architecture. For more than 200 years, German and European history was written here during numerous imperial and court days.
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Rammelsberg Exhibition Mine
The former mine inside the Rammelsberg mountain is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a museum of international standing. The exciting adventure tours and preserved technical facilities above and below ground are an attraction that visitors to the Harz Mountains should not miss.
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Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft (Upper Harz Water Management System)
What today seems like a quiet and romantic lake and pond landscape with historic buildings along the way is by far the largest and most important pre-industrial energy supply system in the world.
As long as 800 years ago, the water in the Upper Harz Mountains was the decisive source of power that drove the water wheels of mines and smelters, both above and below ground. Today, the Upper Harz Water Management System is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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District of Helmstedt
Elm-Lappwald Nature Park
The Elm-Lappwald Nature Park just outside Braunschweig offers not only the open-air and adventure museum Ostfalen, the Forschungsmuseum Schöningen with the Schöningen spears, vestiges of the Romanesque period and border history but also a variety of hiking and cycling trails. Good gastronomy and overnight accommodation possibilities invite you to stay longer.
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Half-timbered houses, Old Town and professor's houses in Helmstedt
The townscape is characterised by architectural treasures from the past. With almost 400 half-timbered and professor's houses, Helmstedt is regarded as a city of German half-timbered architecture.
Probably the most beautiful half-timbered house is located in the marketplace (Papenberg 2) next to the Ratsapotheke. Visitors stayed in the magnificent court accommodation of Duke Julius, built in 1567. The richly carved façade exhibits symbols of the liberal arts, virtues and vices - embodied by female figures. The market also features the oldest residential and commercial building in the town, Number 7. In the basement of the house dating from 1491, ceiling beams from 1250 have been identified. Through Kramgasse past the Rathaus (town hall), you can reach the Holzberg. Here you can admire, amongst other things, the semi-detached house Number 7 with fan-shaped frieze and artistic carvings. The building Holzberg 4 was inhabited by mathematics professor Johann Friedrich Pfaff, the doctoral supervisor of Carl Friedrich Gauss. It is therefore assumed that Gauss wrote his doctoral thesis in Helmstedt in 1799.
Another building of importance for the Old Town is Kybitzstraße 23. It housed the philosophical seminar in which Hoffmann von Fallersleben, the author of the German national anthem, was also a student. A fine example of the large professors' houses can be found at Ziegenmarkt 7, which was built on the site of originally five houses. The size cannot, however, be explained by prosperity alone: The professors of the former Helmstedt University held lectures in their houses or rented rooms to their students. They also had entrances for carriages or palanquins. This can also be clearly seen in Bötticherstraße 51 or Collegienstraße 7. The latter was home to the philosopher and scientist Giordano Bruno and is a good example of a stylish integration into the old townscape. From April to October, public guided tours on various topics are offered every first Saturday of the month.
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Historical places of worship
The Romanesque basilica of the St. Marienberg monastery and the three-nave late-gothic hall church of St. Stephani characterise Helmstedt's townscape and need not fear comparison with large sacred buildings in Germany.
The Stephani Church was the first parish church in the town and, at the time of the foundation of Academia Julia, it was also the University Church for more than a hundred years. Located at the highest point of the city, it is therefore also called "Ecclesia in monte" (Latin for "church on the mountain").
The church of the former Augustinian convent St. Marienberg impresses as a three-nave, Romanesque pillar basilica with its balanced proportions. Construction began in 1176 using simple, large rectangular blocks provided with a round-arched frieze on the main cornice. In 1723, the baroque tower was erected - probably in place of the two planned west towers - with a flat-roofed covering over half-timbered construction.
St. Marienberg Convent
The convent of St. Marienberg was founded in 1176 as an Augustinian convent for women choir members. With a requested guide, visitors can visit the convent, the church, the treasure chamber and the parament workshop.
In the treasure chamber in the former chapter house, precious mediaeval textiles from the convent are on display. The collection is characterised by an impressive variety of presentation, material and technology. The roots of the parament workshop date back to the 12th century. Today, state-of-the-art technical equipment is combined with professional expertise. In addition to the production of contemporary paraments such as wall hangings, cassocks and christening robes, the parament workshop is also responsible for the conservation and restoration of historical textile works of art from churches, museums and private property.
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St. Ludgerus Monastery
The (former) Benedictine monastery of St. Ludgerus shaped the history of the town of Helmstedt for 1000 years. Strictly speaking, it represents the cradle of the town. First there was the monastery - later, the town. The Catholic monastery with its double chapel is the oldest ecclesiastical architectural monument in the area.
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Helmstedt: Türme und Türmer (Towers and Watchmen)
The oldest preserved town gate in the Braunschweig region is the Helmstedt Hausmannsturm. It is the most important and the only completely preserved tower from the original four gate towers. Today it is a landmark of the city.
It was first mentioned in a document in 1286 and was the home of the Helmstedt "Hausmann", who was both the tower watchman and musician for the town. Two assistants and an apprentice were at his side. As a town watchman, he was responsible for discharging the hours and the week with his bugle, for keeping watch over the town's fire safety and for announcing imminent dangers through the sounding of a trumpet. As a town musician, the Helmstedt Hausmann, together with his helpers, was obliged to play in the town on special occasions. The tradition of the "Türmer" is still maintained today. From April to October, every first and third Saturday of the month at 12 o'clock midday you can experience the discharging of the week.
The Helmstedt Juleum
The assembly hall building, Juleum Novum, of the former university was built as a palatial Renaissance building from 1592 to 1597 and is without question the most beautiful building in the town.
Large windows divide the wall surfaces harmoniously, and the gables are richly decorated with sculptures which, at the peak, represent the four faculties: theology, jurisprudence, medicine and philosophy. The tower with its spiral staircase and slanted windows is decorated with the eleven-part coat of arms of Duke Julius von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel. The ascent of the staircase with 153 steps is rewarded with a unique view.
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Sightseeing tour "Grenzenlos" (Borderless)
Experience history at first hand and learn about East-West perspectives on the "Grenzenlos" tour.
The guided tours can be arranged individually (foreign language, breaks) and include former border facilities of the region: the Zonengrenz-Museum (Zone-Border Museum) Helmstedt, the border monument Hötensleben and the former border-crossing point Helmstedt-Marienborn.
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Lappwaldsee: From open-cast mine to recreation area
Where the Helmstedt and Wulfersdorf open-cast mines used to be located, a charming bathing and recreational water area is developing - the Lappwaldsee.
When completed, it will have a water surface of 400 ha and a bank length of 11 km. The utilisation concept provides for various zones for bathing, water sports, holiday accommodation, landing places for boats, fishing and nature conservation. The third largest lake in Lower Saxony is expected to be created here by 2032, but even now it is worthwhile taking the path to the depleted open-cast mine. From May to September, public guided tours on various topics are offered every second Saturday of the month.
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Schöningen Research Museum
The Schöningen Research Museum combines the exciting experience of the Old Stone Era with top-class archaeological research in an innovative exhibition and is equally suitable for school classes, students, families, and specialists.
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District of Hildesheim
World Heritage Visitor Centre Hildesheim & Tourist Information
Touchscreens, 3D models, panoramic views and interactive interfaces provide visitors with entertaining information about UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hildesheim, in the Hildesheim region and around the world. The exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves into multimedia worlds, to discover new facts and leads them on their journey. Visitors can watch, be amazed, go hands-on, while away the time or join in the fun. Entry is free.
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UNESCO World Heritage Churches
Hildesheim is particularly famous for its churches, of which the cathedral and St. Michaelis were jointly designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Both churches retain an unusually large number of historical furnishings, which provide a unique overview of the design of a church in the style which was common in Romanesque times.
• St. Michaelis: The early Romanesque church, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, was rebuilt between 1950 and 1957 as a witness to Ottonian architecture and celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2010. The famous painted wooden ceiling from the 13th century depicts the family tree of Christ ("Wurzel Jesse"). Also well worth seeing are the angels' choir screen and the capitals (late 12th century), the cloister (around 1250) and the crypt with the grave of Bishop Bernward (1015/1022)
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• Dom zu Hildesheim (Hildesheim Cathedral): The cathedral with its unique architecture - also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 - can now be visited again after almost five years of restoration. World-famous are the thousand-year-old rosebush on the apse and the masterly Bernwardinian bronze casts: a double-wing door (1015) and the Christus Column (1020).
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Dommuseum (Cathedral Museum)
The Cathedral Museum Hildesheim has an internationally important collection of mediaeval art treasures.
It is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and exhibits selected precious items from the history of the cathedral and the significant cathedral treasure with valuable mediaeval works of art.
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Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum
The renowned Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum, with its world-famous collection of ancient Egypt, one of the most significant ancient Peruvian collections in Europe and the important palaeontological collection, is known far beyond the region.
The museum has also made a name for itself through its regularly changing spectacular special exhibitions.
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Historic Market Square
The beauty oft he Historic Market Square is down in part to the involvement and commitment of the citizens of Hildesheim. Thanks to their financial support, the old half-timbered buildings in the heart of the city were faithfully reconstructed. Particular attention was paid to the famous Butchers’ Guild Hall on the Market Square and the adjoining Bakers’ Guild Hall, both reconstructed according to the original plans. The “Tempelhaus”, whose architecture shows signs of oriental influences, is also eye-catching. The World Heritage Visitor Centre Hildesheim is located in this former aristocrat’s house.
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Alfeld is home to the first industrial building of the modern age, designed by Walter Gropius in 1911: the Fagus factory.
The factory is still in operation today and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011. Here you will find a modern factory for shoe lasts, wood processing and mechanical engineering. A multimedia and interactive exhibition awaits you in the UNESCO Visitor Centre on the factory grounds.
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Schloss Marienburg (Marienburg Castle)
Schloss Marienburg is considered to be a tourist highlight in Lower Saxony.
Magnificently situated on the Marienberg above Nordstemmen, the castle attracts thousands of visitors every year as one of the most important neo-gothic architectural monuments in Germany. Immerse yourself in the royal life of the 19th century at Marienburg Castle: The Hanoverian King Georg C. gave the castle to his wife Marie for her 40th birthday - it was built between 1858 and 1867. The impressive four-wing complex was the summer residence of the royal couple.
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Kunstmuseum Schloss Derneburg
The Kunstmuseum Schloss Derneburg presents exhibitions of contemporary art for the enjoyment of the public in a unique and historic setting. The Schloss, situated near Hannover, has a history that stretches back almost one thousand years. For centuries it was a convent and later a monastery. In the 19th Century it became the residence of the Dukes of Münster who commissioned the renowned Hanoverian architect Georg Ludwig Laves to convert it to a stately home. Artist Georg Baselitz acquired the property in the 1970s and it became his residence and studio for approximately thirty years until its sale in 2006. Since then, the Schloss has been reunited with the adjacent domain and both have undergone extensive renovations to become one of the largest privately owned public museums for contemporary art in Europe.
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City of Königslutter am Elm
Königslutter am Elm
Königslutter am Elm is a city in the East of Lower Saxony in the district of Helmstedt. It is located on the northern edge of the Elm region and is the gateway to the nature park "Elm-Lappwald". In the South, the city merges almost imperceptibly into the Elm, one of the largest beech forests in Northern Germany. To the North lie the nature reserves Riesberger Moor and Rieseberg as well as the cathedral. The landmark of Königslutter am Elm is the Kaiserdom (imperial cathedral), one of the most impressive and important Romanesque buildings in Germany. The building and its construction history are viewed from the perspective of the stonemasonry trade in the adjacent cathedral and stonemasonry museum. In the same building, music lovers will find their hearts' desire in the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. A collection of international standing provides information on 250 years of mechanical musical instruments. The Old Town of Königslutter captivates with its numerous half-timbered buildings. In the heart of the town, around the market square, you will find the two town halls and the Romanesque-gothic town church. In the immediate vicinity of the town halls and the town church, the Geopark Information Centre of the UNESCO Geopark "Harz . Braunschweiger Land . Ostfalen" invites you on a journey through the geological history of the Braunschweig region. Around Königslutter, rare geological phenomena can be visited at the geopoints, including the erratic boulder garden. In close proximity to the city, the Elm region offers recreation. A well-developed network of paths offers the best prerequisites for hiking and cycling tours.
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Kaiserdom Königslutter (Imperial Cathedral)
The Kaiserdom, the former Benedictine abbey church of St. Peter and Paul, is the landmark of Königslutter am Elm. It is one of the most impressive Romanesque buildings in Lower Saxony.
Emperor Lothar III of Süpplingenburg donated the cruciform pillar basilica in 1135 as the monastery church of the Benedictine monastery, which he founded at the same time. The Kaiserdom attained a special significance, particularly due to the rich artistic architectural decoration bestowed upon it by an Italian stonemason, Nicolaus, and developed into a well-known place of pilgrimage in the late Middle Ages.
In front of the Kaiserdom stands the almost 900-year-old Kaiser-Lothar-Linden, a natural monument of supra-regional importance.
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Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments in Königslutter
A treat for the eyes and the ears...
The Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments possesses a collection of international standing. From the good old barrel organ to the most elaborate reproduction grand pianos, from the famous jukebox to preciously decorated music boxes: a walk through the museum imparts information concerning 250 years of mechanical musical instruments. Of course, the museum can also be heard: all instruments are in working order and ready for demonstration. A guided tour through the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments is therefore an exciting experience for both young and old.
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UNESCO Geopark Harz . Braunschweiger Land . Ostfalen
The office of the North section of the largest Geopark in Germany is located in Königslutter am Elm. 450 million years of geological history have left their mark here: rocks, quarries and significant fossil finds demonstrate the significant and exciting history of our region. On the numerous geopoints and geopaths, you can not only discover geological features but also enjoy the peace and quiet of nature during a relaxing walk.
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Geopark-Infozentrum (Geopark Information Centre)
Accompany us in the search for traces of the history of our cultural and natural landscape. Over four floors, visitors can discover 290 million years of geological history of the Braunschweig region in a comprehensible and understandable manner. Fossil fish, plants and ammonites, lifelike figures and the five-metre-long fish dinosaur skeleton fascinate both adults and children alike.
In the information area, you will find extensive additional information concerning the region.
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District of Peine
Burgpark Peine (Peine Castle Park)
In 1998, the overgrown Amtmann-Ziegler-Garden on the edge of the Peiner Schlossberg was archaeologically investigated.
The remains of buildings and walls of the old Peiner Burg were thereby uncovered, and the 6000 square metres of green space were cleared of weeds. The castle was first documented in 1130, and in the following centuries it was rebuilt and extended several times, until the last castle building was demolished in 1816. Today, the Burgpark offers its visitors a first-class overview of the excavations and the Peiner Old Town. Display boards provide information on the excavation objects and the history of Peiner Burg.
St. Jakobi Kirche (St. Jakobi Church)
The protestant church "Sankt Jakobi" was completed in 1899 and has been a jewel of the town of Peine since its renovation in 1994.
A feast for the eyes is offered to the visitor inside the church. The colourful wall and ceiling paintings with their ornamental and figurative decoration should not be missed. Attentive visitors will find one of the many Peiner owls in stone on the outside of the Jakobi church. The origin of the church goes back to the 13th century. After the devastating town fire in 1557, the St. Jakobi church was built on the site where Peine's first church originally stood.In 1692, the church was rebuilt as a baroque plaster building, in 1726, supporting pillars were added, and in the years 1896 to 1899, it was rebuilt in neo-gothic style.
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Kreismuseum Peine – Museum for everyday culture
The Kreismuseum Peine, founded in 1988, revives the everyday life of bygone days with its multifaceted exhibition.
The historical exhibits occupy an area of 1000m² and present a spectrum from the Stone Age through to the 1950s. The most diverse ways of life of industrial workers, craftsmen, citizens and farmers are brought back to life by the exhibition. Local characteristics of the Peiner Land, which is mainly agricultural but also industrial, are particularly highlighted.
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Tier- und Ökogarten der IGS Peine (Animal and ecological garden of the IGS Peine)
The Tier- und Ökogarten in Peine is recognised as an extracurricular learning place for BNE (Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung - Education for sustainable development) by the Niedersächsisches Kultusministerium (Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture). The motto: imparting knowledge with joy and fun, "enjoying" nature and animals in peace. With a variety of projects in the garden and, in particular, with the trained animals, this succeeds to a high degree. You can experience endangered breeds of domestic animals with all your senses: watching the sheep being sheared, dyeing and processing wool in a variety of ways, simply enjoying cute animal babies or learning interesting details about bees. Or perhaps try putting together your own tea blends, or get to know and use herbs and medicinal plants, or...just take a look for yourself! The following activities are offered within this Framework:
- Project weeks/days for schools and Kindergartens
- Guided tours with direct contact to animals
- Monthly visitor Sundays as open house with different Topics
- Presentations from the fields of medicine, molecular biology and microbiology
- Training courses on animal and plant topics
- Children's birthdays
- School-holiday programmes
- Offers from in-house productions (wool, honey, tea...)
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JR – Die Schokoladenfabrik (JR – The chocolate factory)
JR - Die Schokoladenfabrik in Peine is known far beyond the region as a destination for young and old.
A sweet world of experience full of surprises - pleasure and stimulation for all the senses. All chocolate-lovers are welcome, whether as individuals, with the family or in larger groups, to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere in JR - Die Schokoladenfabrik.
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Brewery tour at Härke
The BrauManufaktur Härke was founded as the Privatbrauerei Härke (private brewery) in Peine in 1890.
The main product, Härke Pils, is known for its slightly bitter taste. During a guided tour through the Härke brewery in Peine, you can experience the process of brewing beer at first hand. Malt, hops and water are transformed into the cool beverage in huge copper kettles. At the end of the tour of the Härke private brewery, you can taste the wonderfully tart Härke Pils in the brewing room.
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Factory tour at Pelikan
Writing instruments from Pelikan are precision tools of the highest quality, the manufacture of which requires extremely complex processes. Their design has led to a wealth of patents. As an example, Pelikan invented the differential piston mechanism, with which a fountain pen could be filled cleanly and easily for the first time. And with the transparent ink chamber, the ink supply was under control for the first time. Up to 10 nib widths are available. Each Pelikan nib is hand-finished and inscribed. The fountain pen manufactured in the Peine plant is not only known beyond the borders of Germany and Europe but also worldwide. A guided tour of the factory lasts approximately 2 hours and includes all the important stages a writing instrument goes through before it leaves the Pelikan factory, e.g. the injection-moulding machines, production and packaging.
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Forest adventure trail Zweidorfer Holz
The forest is becoming increasingly important as a close-to-nature living and recreational area in our intensively used cultural landscape.
The motto of the forest adventure trail is therefore:
"I hear, I forget. I see and hear, I remember. I see and hear and do, I understand." Our forest is caught in the conflict area between manifold endangerment and the necessity of its care, conservation and sustainable use for the future. This is why the "Wald Erleben im Peiner Land" (Experience the Forest in the Peiner Land) support association provides, with the Zweidorfer Holz forest adventure trail, the:
- Promotion of forest information, environmental education and forest ecology in the sense of education for sustainable development
- Mediation of methodological skills for pupils and teachers through guided forest tours, forest-project support and further training
- The conveyance of environmental awareness, values and action skills through direct experience and contact with nature for children, young people and adults.
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Industrial Park Ilseder Hütte with blasting hall
The Industrial Park Ilseder Hütte with blasting hall is one of the major complexes of industrial culture in Lower Saxony.
It has existed throughout the entire period of industrialisation. With its more than 150 years of development, it is an impressive example of successful adaptation to changing conditions.
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City of Salzgitter
Salzgittersee (Salzgitter Lake)
The Salzgittersee is the watersport centre of South-East Lower Saxony.
With an area of 75 hectares and a North-South dimension of 2,120 meters, it is the perfect territory for sailors, surfers, rowers and canoeists. The beach and the excellent water quality provide unspoiled bathing pleasure for everyone. The large pirate playground is a popular attraction for children from the entire region. Further recreational fun can be enjoyed at the lake by cyclists, anglers, divers, model-boat enthusiasts, disc-golfers, motorhome owners, water-skiers and beach-volleyball players. An indoor and outdoor swimming pool, an indoor ice rink, a stadium, a glider airfield, tennis courts and barbecue areas as well as pedal-boat and canoe rentals complete the diverse range of offers.
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Salder Castle Municipal Museum
Salder Castle was built in 1608 in the Weser Renaissance style.
In 1962, the City of Salzgitter opened the municipal museum here. Its permanent exhibitions address the history of Salzgitter from its geological foundations through to the modern metropolis in the 20th century. The annual contemporary art exhibition "Salon Salder - Neue Kunst aus Niedersachsen" (New Art from Lower Saxony) attracts attention throughout Northern Germany. Outside the museum buildings, in addition to the bakehouse and the Bockwindmühle (post mill) in the mill garden, the ice-age garden and sculptures by nationally and internationally renowned sculptors invite visitors to look and linger. Since 2007, the Salder Castle Municipal Museum has been the information centre for the "Geoparks Harz. Braunschweiger Land. Ostfalen", which was designated a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2015.
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Thermal brine baths in Salzgitter-Bad, state-approved location with salt-water spa operation
With the combination of thermal salt-water wave pool, sauna landscape, fitness meeting point and practice for physiotherapy, the Salzgitter-Bad Thermalsolbad offers a unique health centre.
From a depth of 243 metres, a 25-percent natural brine bubbles up, one of the strongest concentrations in Central Europe. The healthy brine can also be inhaled directly at the Gradierpavillon. The Old Town of Salzgitter-Bad, with its winding alleys, squares and many half-timbered buildings, is particularly worth visiting. Especially in summer, the rose garden, with its splendid blossoms, entices visitors to linger.
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Lichtenberg castle ruin in the Salzgitter hill range
Situated on a steep hilltop of the Salzgitter hill range, Lichtenberg Castle served Henry the Lion in securing his power base.
Public guided tours of the castle grounds are offered every first Sunday of the month from April to October. The rebuilt castle keep serves as an exhibition room for historical finds from the castle grounds and houses a wedding chamber as a branch of the registry office. Those who dare to climb to the very top are rewarded with an impressive view of the northern Harz foreland. Around the castle, a large number of hiking and biking trails through the Salzgitter hill range invite you to embark upon extended excursions and exploratory walks. Geopaths, recreational stamping stations and special vantage points are among the varied attractions along the way.
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Visit to the steel mill at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH
Unique in Germany is the opportunity for private individuals to visit one of the most modern iron and steel works in Europe and to look over the steelmaker's shoulder at work.
Accompanied by the visitor service of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, visitors are shown and explained the process of steel production, from the creation of pig iron in the blast furnace to the manufacture of semi-finished and finished products in the rolling mills. Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and should be of at least average physical fitness, due to the long distances and stairs that have to be mastered during the tour within the production halls.
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District of Wolfenbüttel
Lessing City Wolfenbüttel
Lessing and Guelphs – Half-timbered houses and liquor: The city is so worth visiting and so close...
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Hornburg – Birthplace of Pope Clemens II
Hornburg's Old Town is a cultural and historical monument of high standing with a rich collection of historically significant half-timbered houses from five centuries. Today, all of the approximately 400 half-timbered houses are listed and reveal themselves to visitors in the form of a large open-air museum. On several occasions, the Old Town has served as a film set for cinema films.
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Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel
The more than 400-year-old library, named after Duke August the Younger (1579-1666), is one of the oldest preserved libraries in the world.
The historical inventory forms a unique archive of Western culture. The museum rooms are the basis for regular special exhibitions and the cultural programme.
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Joint Municipality of Elm-Asse
Schöppenstedt as a book
The joint municipality of Elm-Asse is the Eulenspiegel region: the mediaeval prankster is said to have been born here.
Permanent installation of Eulenspiegel history under the open sky: a whole town as a book? This only exists in Schöppenstedt and the villages around it, where more than 50 chapters of the 500-year-old Eulenspiegel book have been recreated in an open-air exhibition. The stories are told in short form on information boards. Guided tours with Till Eulenspiegel are always an experience.
Eulenspiegel hiking trail
Following in the footsteps of Eulenspiegel, you will travel through the fields and forests of the idyllic landscape where the mediaeval prankster is said to have been born and spent his childhood.
A nature experience of a special kind combines with more than a dozen Eulenspiegel stations to form an unmistakable ensemble.
Eulenspiegel car route
The touristic Eulenspiegel car route (Braunschweig, Wolfenbüttel, Schöppenstedt, Helmstedt) offers many interesting stops in the districts of Wolfenbüttel and Helmstedt and information concerning Till Eulenspiegel.
Over a distance of around 170 km, you can drive through the beautiful landscape in and around the Elm, as well as criss-cross the first worldwide success of German literature, the Eulenspiegel book from 1515, which has been translated into many languages.
Eulenspiegel Cycle Route
The themed mediaeval cultural cycle path leads between Wolfenbüttel and Schöppenstedt, through the Asse and up to the Elm, away from the major roads, a good 60 km through natural surroundings.
At more than 30 stops, you can learn interesting facts about Eulenspiegel's time. If the whole tour is too strenuous for you, you can also do it in two halves. Wonderful views all the way to the Brocken mountain.
Eulenspiegel Adventure Land
On the themed playground, all generations move around in Eulenspiegel's mediaeval world: in the city, at the castle, in the monastery and, of course, on the way from prank to prank. A wonderful place to romp, play and immerse yourself. Only 10 minutes on foot from the museum. Games, camp-fire bread and much more with Till Eulenspiegel.
There is no avoiding the museum. It is the visitor and information centre for all outdoor projects and offers an informative permanent exhibition with computer, video and audio stations and special exhibitions.
Furthermore, it also provides the ideal setting for cultural events, presentations, conferences, concerts and children's birthday parties.
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St. Stephen's tower: The Döhler Smithy.
The blacksmith's craft and forging art were obviously in the blood of the traditional Schöppenstedter family Döhler; for generations, they successfully carried out the profession of village blacksmith and carriage builder.
The blacksmith's shop was founded around 1870 in Schöppenstedt on Braunschweiger Straße/corner of Nordbahnhof. Until the 1970s, the blacksmith's trade was continued there by the male members of the family. When the business came to a standstill for years due to economic changes, it was decided to build this technical monument in the church tower of St. Stephanus, true to the original, in order to preserve it for posterity.
The visitor will find classic tools and workpieces of past blacksmith's art in the forge, which are from a bygone era and truly make our present time seem like a very high-tech age. A visit not only offers nostalgically interested people the opportunity to take a look at the past but is also aimed at technically interested contemporaries. But that is not all: This journey through time is also recommended for children and young people. A guided tour offers more than just amusement and variety, because Mr. Tuchen, a seasoned blacksmith, will demonstrate various tools and provide stories from the past. In addition to rare tools and workpieces, old documents and testimonials from the past relating to the blacksmith's craft in and around Schöppenstedt can also be seen. A visit to the smithy in the tower can be easily combined with a tour of the tower. The approximately 1000-year-old column in the basement of the tower is worth seeing and allows conclusions to be drawn concerning the former settlement of the region of Schöppenstedt.
City of Wolfsburg
The Autostadt in Wolfsburg: A journey into the world of mobility
In the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, you can experience the topic of mobility in all its facets. Marvel at sparkling classic cars in the multi-brand ZeitHaus automobile museum, allow yourself to be inspired by exciting driving experiences, or take a look at the mobility of the future in interactive exhibitions. A large family world makes the hearts of the youngest visitors beat faster and an extraordinary programme of events will amaze young and old alike.
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Sweating, swimming, springing, sliding, splashing around: In BadeLand Wolfsburg, one of the most modern and largest leisure-pool complexes in Germany, you will find all this - and much, much more.
An unbelievable 22,000 m² of unique play, fun and sports facilities await your visit. Look forward to the next infusion in the panorama sauna, leave everyday life behind you on the massage couch or relax in the 36-degree-water of our warm whirlpool bath. With the fantastic atmosphere of the bathing area and a variety of saunas that is second to none, your stay will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
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phaeno Science Center
Marvel, experiment, touch, inspire, participate, fascinate - that is the world of experience of the phaeno Science Center. More than 350 spectacular natural scientific phenomena await you in the unique futuristic building designed by the world-famous architect Zaha Hadid. Your hair will stand on end, and a 6-meter-high fire tornado will take your breath away. You will set a sphere in motion by relaxing, or glide weightlessly on a flying carpet. Never before will you have experienced science and technology in such an exciting and knowledge-rich way. Whether a small child, adult or grandparent – at phaeno, everyone has fun.
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designer outlets Wolfsburg
Shopping without stress: In the designer outlets Wolfsburg, Germany's first inner-city outlet centre, attractive offers from more than 85 name-brand manufacturers await you on more than 17,500 sqm of floor space. From Abercrombie & Fitch to Diesel to van Laack, from Adidas to Nike to Reebok - shop directly at your favourite brand at extremely reduced prices all year round. Business wear, trendy casual wear, sporty leisure wear or the little black number - at the designer outlets Wolfsburg, women, men and children will find fashion articles for every occasion. And with 1000 parking spaces as well as direct access to the ICE train station, paradise is within reach!
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Local recreation area Allerpark
Sports and recreation for all age groups - offered by the Wolfsburg Allerpark.
Located close to the city centre, the 130-hectare public theme park combines unique natural features, a variety of leisure activities and culinary delights. Whether sunbathing on the long sandy beach, extensive walks around the Allersee, climbing fun on the "monkeyman" high-wire course or an exciting VfL Wolfsburg football match - there is something to suit every taste. Be it free offers, such as beach volleyball courts and a disc-golf course, or various institutions such as BadeLand Wolfsburg or the Strike Bowling and Eventcenter - the Allerpark offers numerous leisure activities all year round.
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Wolfsburg Art Museum
Opened in May 1994, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg can already look back on a glorious history. Since that time, the Kunstmuseum has presented 130 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. With its large exhibition hall, which is completely transformed architecturally from project to project, the Kunstmuseum offers an ideal setting for the presentation of international contemporary art, thematic overview shows and elaborate artists' projects. Discover the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg with all your senses - Eat & Art: In cooperation with the restaurant AWILON, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg offers a one-hour exclusive guided tour outside of opening hours on Friday and Saturday evenings, followed by a three-course dinner.
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Simply galactic: A visit to the Wolfsburg Planetarium is an unforgettable experience for friends of the universe both large and small.
Experience a virtual journey through space and time in Lower Saxony's largest star dome. In the 360° cinema, you can experience spectacular film events from unusual perspectives. Thanks to changing film highlights and diverse adventure programmes, a visit to the planetarium is always new and surprisingly different. The star shows on various themes are interesting and exciting for the whole family. Many shows have been specially designed for children of varying age groups. In this way, they can playfully learn a great deal of interesting facts about space and the stars.
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Schloss Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg Castle)
Wolfsburg Castle is one of the most famous architectural monuments of the North-German Renaissance.
Today, the Wolfsburg City Museum, the City Gallery, the Art Association and the Heidersberg Institute present Wolfsburg's history, modern art and photography here. Major cultural events also enliven the castle with its attractive parks. Special crowd-pullers are the open-air festival "Internationale Sommerbühne" (International Summer Stage), garden fair "Landpartie Wolfsburg" also the "Advent im Schloss".
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