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Brunswick (German: Braunschweig) [1] is a city of around 250,000 people, located in the federal-state of Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located north of the Harz mountains at the farthest navigable point of the Oker river, which connects to the North Sea via the rivers Aller and Weser.

The date and circumstances of the town's foundation are unknown. Tradition maintains that Braunschweig was created through the merger of two settlements, one founded by Bruno II, a Saxon count who died before 1017 on one side of the river Oker - the legend gives the year 861 for the foundation - and the other the settlement of a legendary Count Dankward, after whom Castle Dankwarderode (Dankward's clearing), which was reconstructed in the 19th century, is named. The town's original name of Brunswik is a combination of the name Bruno and Low German wik, a place where merchants rested and stored their goods. The town's name therefore indicates an ideal resting-place, as it lay by a ford across the Oker River. Another explanation of the city's name is that it comes from Brand, or burning, indicating a place which developed after the landscape was cleared through burning. The city was first mentioned in documents from the St. Magni Church from 1031, which give the city's name as Brunesguik.

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Understand[edit]

Brunswick was a city of importance in medieval Germany. Economically, it was situated at the intersections of major trade routes; moreover, the river Oker was navigable from Brunswick, allowing access to the sea port of Bremen. It was among the last nine cities of the Hanseatic League.

Politically, Brunswick gained importance through one of its most important rulers, Henry the Lion, duke of Saxony and Bavaria. During his reign, Henry founded several German cities (among them Schwerin and Munich), defying his cousin German Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, and married Richard the Lionheart's sister Matilda of England, thus establishing familial ties to the royal family of England, which still exist to this day. His son, Otto of Brunswick, was crowned German emperor in 1209. To document his claim to power, Henry had the Lion monument erected in 1166, which also appears in the city's coat of arms. You can still find the red lion on the coat of arms of Scotland and the British Royal Family today.

Brunswick is considered having been one of the most tumultuous cities of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (next to Paris and Ghent). Numerous constitutional conflicts ended in uprisings and civil unrest.

Despite its rich medieval tradition, Brunswick's appearance today owes much to its almost complete destruction during World War II. Allied bombing destroyed 90% of Brunswick's medieval city center (leaving only 80 of formerly over 800 timberframe houses). Only a small number of buildings have been re-erected; the majority of downtown buildings nowadays exhibit the somberness of 1950's post-war architecture.

An important industrial hub, the district of Brunswick is home to many companies, such as the steel industry in Salzgitter (Salzgitter AG) and Peine, or Volkswagen in Wolfsburg.

The region of Braunschweig is the most R&D-intensive area in the whole European Economic Area investing a remarkable 7.1% of its GDP in the research & technology sector (places two and three go to Varsinais-Suomi and East Anglia with 4.1% each). It is home to the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the national institute for natural and engineering sciences and the highest technical authority for metrology and physical safety engineering in Germany. Part of its assignments is the accurate measurement of time. It is responsible for the German atomic clock CS2 and the longwave time signal DCF77. In addition, the PTB operates time servers for the distribution of time on the internet.

Brunswick is further known for its universities Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften, Welfenakademie Braunschweig, and 19 research institutes, among them the Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute (until the end of 2007 named Federal Agricultural Research Center), and the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research.

Braunschweig was declared Germany's City of Science 2007.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest commercial airport is Hannover Airport (IATA: HAJ) [2] (approximately 30-40 minutes by car, or around 1 hour by train). A number of shuttle services [3] serve the Hannover–Braunschweig–Göttingen–Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region.

Braunschweig Airport (IATA: BWE) is mainly a research airport and is primarily used by the Technische Universität Braunschweig, as well as the German Federal Agency of Aviation (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt), and the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung). It is, however, currently served by Air Berlin (offering flights to Moscow) and Volkswagen Air Services, Volkswagen 's coprporate airline, with select destinations in Europe (currently Prague, Poznan, or Ingolstadt). Tickets can be booked through the respective airlines, or directly at the airport.

By train[edit]

Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof

Due to its location in the center of Germany, Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof [4] is well-served by German national railway company Deutsche Bahn. There are lots of high-speed trains ICE that stop in Brunswick.

Picturesque Goslar and the Harz Mountains, as well as the Luneburg Heath can be reached by local train. Travellers can purchase a Niedersachsen-Ticket, valid on local trians in the whole state of Niedersachsen for 21 Euros for a single ticket, or 37 Euros per ticket valid for up to 5 people. A Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket, which is valid for up to 5 people for all local routes of Deutsche Bahn in Germany on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

Brunswick main station is not very close to the center, and the surrounding area does not offer a lot of sights worth seeing (Ringcenter commercial center and the clubbing area behind it Stereowerk/Cube 11. Take the bus or tram from here to reach your final destination in Brunswick.

By car[edit]

Brunswick is served and easily reached by the German Autobahn highway system. Autobahns include one of Europe's main traffic artery the A2 (sometimes jokingly referred to as Europe's biggest parking lot since traffic jams are not uncommon, especially on Fridays). In addtition, the A39 cuts through Brunswick, connecting the city with adjacent Wolfsburg and Salzgitter, and merging into A7 to Kassel and Frankfurt. City autobahns are the A391, A392 and A395.

Depending on the traffic, Berlin can be reached in two hours - Hamburg, Bremen and Kassel in one hour and a half, Frankfurt in three and a half hours, Hannover in 30-40 minutes, and Magdeburg in one hour using the autobahn. Goslar and the Harz mountains are approximately 30-40 minutes away by car.

By bus[edit]

Brunswick serves as a major stop for bus travel throughout the country and Europe, thanks in large part to its central location. Buses frequent cities in Eastern Europe, especially Poland. Tour operator Rainbow Tours offers low-cost (and often bumpy) trips to European metropolises.

The central bus station (Zentraler Omnibus-Bahnhof or ZOB) is located on Berliner Platz between the main station and the German Mail building (next to the Steam Locomotive monument).

Get around[edit]

The city center is easily explored on foot. Most places of interest can be reached walking. The downtown shopping district is a car-free pedestrian zone. In case you need to visit places further out, you can rely on the public transportation system .

By car[edit]

All major car rental companies have branches in Brunswick. But since Brunswick's highways tends to get gridlocked during rush hours (neighboring Peine is the county with the largest number of commuters in Germany, most of which commute into either Braunschweig or Hanover). Moreover, Brunswick is rumored to have the highest per-capita-density of trafic lights in Germany. Try to count your number of stops when moving around by car in Brunswick.

Brunswick has many parking garages, which are organized through a pretty efficient parking guidance system. You can access information on spaces available, fees, and opening hours via your cell phone at wap.braunschweig.de

By public transportation[edit]

The Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG serve the city and the district of Braunschweig. Places within city limits are easily reached by public transportation, either bus or tram. Ticket prices vary depending where you need to go. The various zones of the Brunswick district can be found here.

Prices are available here. Tickets can be purchased at the driver, at certain stores, or via cell phone. The current price for a one-way ticket within city limits is 1,90 Euros.

Information on schedules and connections can be found either at the BSVAG itself, or on the EFA site, where you can look up connections for all of Lower Saxony and Bremen.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are comparatively expensive in Germany, and Brunswick is no exception. They are usually used by locals on weekends (after buses and trains stop running) for a ride home, or if you need to move lots of luggage to, e.g. the train station. The concept of sharing a cab with strangers is foreign to locals and drivers alike, although some people can be persuaded to share a cab, if your stop is on the same way (and when cabs are sparse e.g. in inclement weather).

Publicly registered taxicabs - those with yellow signs on top which say Taxi and are usually taxi-colored (creamy eggshell color) - can be phoned (0531 - 5 55 55 or 0531 - 6 66 66) or hailed. Private companies, such as MiniCar [5] or CityCar [6], (which are usually a bit cheaper) only pick you up with a prior reservation.

See[edit][add listing]

Rizzi-House
  • The Brunsick Lion [7] is the best-known landmark in the city of Brunswick. It stands on the Burgplatz square in front of Dankwarderode Castle and Brunswick Cathedral. Within Brunswick it is thus commonly known as the "castle lion" (Burglöwe), giving the city its moniker Lion City (Die Löwenstadt). Originally erected by Henry the Lion in 1166, it was replaced by a replica in 1980 due to damages to the original caused by air pollution. The original can be found inside Dankwarderode Castle.
  • Dankwarderode Castle [8]
  • Brunswick Palace [9] Braunschweiger Schloss or Braunschweiger Residenzschloss, rebuilt in 2007 after having been bombed out in WWII and torn down in the years to follow. Now merely the facade of the former castle with a shopping mall on the inside. The quadriga Brunonia (the allegorical deity of the old duchy, the free state, and the city of Brunsick) is by far Germany's largest (making it de facto the largest in the world). It is possible to climb to the top of the Schloss and see the statue from up close) The building also hosts the Braunschweig public library. Two equestrian statues are placed in front of the castle, one featuring Duke Karl II. Wilhelm Ferdinand of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, founder of the Braunschweig Technical University, under whose reign Braunschweig for a brief period of time turned into the German center of Enlightenment, and Duke Friedrich Wilhelm von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, one of the most renowned German military leaders during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Literaturzentrum Raabe-Haus [10] is a historical builidng in which German author Wilhelm Raabe lived from 1901 until his death in 1910. The house now functions as a museum, center for literature and research, and venue for literary events.
  • Rizzi-House [11]. Office building designed by New Yorker pop-artist James Rizzi, located next to the Schlossarkaden.
  • With a caveat: Bruchstrasse [12] is Braunschweig's red light district. Referred to as Gurke (gherkin or cucumber) by locals, this area is off-limits to minors and "non-working "women (women are likely to be subject to harrassment and verbal abuse through prostitutes when walking down this street), and shielded from public views by two iron gates. It has an interesting historic side to it though, since it is one of the oldest red lights districts in Germany, maybe in the world (prostitution in this part of town was documented as early as 1594), featuring some Medieval-style timber-framed houses, which can be seen from outside the gates.

Museums[edit]

  • Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum second-oldest museum in the world (after the British Museum in London) [13] (in German)]
  • Braunschweigische Landesmuseum (BLM) [14]
  • Jüdisches Museum (part of the BLM) the world's oldest Jewish museum [15]
  • Museum für Fotografie Braunschweig (Museum of Photography) [16]
  • Naturhistorisches Museum Museum of Natural History [17]
  • Museum of Agricultural Engineering Gut Steinhof (Landtechnikmuseum Gut Steinhof) [18]
  • Cistercian Museum Riddagshausen Abbey [19]

Churches[edit]

  • Brunswick Cathedral (Braunschweiger Dom) that is currently covered with unsightly scaffolding [Sept 2012].[20]
  • Ägidienkirche [21]
  • St.Magni [22]
  • Jakobskirche [23]
  • St. Andreas [24]
  • St. Katharinen[25]

Parks[edit]

  • Prinz-Albrecht-Park (a nice park, where many people barbecue in the summer.)
  • Nature reserve and arboretum Riddagshausen [26].

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Canoeing around the city, (go to Kennedyplatz, there is a place for renting), [27].  edit
  • Hugo the Nightwatchman, [28]. Enjoy a tour with "Hugo the Nightwatchman" through medieval Brunswick. Other tours offered are "Carl-Friedrich Gauss" (sights related Germany's famous mathematician) and "Count Hugo" (Renaissance Brunswick). Phone ahead for tours in English.  edit


Sports[edit]

  • Watch a game of Eintracht Braunschweig [29], Brunswick's traditional football team which plays in Germany's first division, the Bundesliga. 23.500 people can watch the games in the stadium in the north of Brunswick.
  • First division Basketball team Braunschweig New Yorker Phantoms [30] plays at Volkswagenhalle.
  • Brunswick is home to very successful first division American Football Team Braunschweig Lions [31]

Festivals[edit]

Custumes at Schoduvel
  • Traditionally on the Sunday before Rosenmontag the Schoduvel takes place. Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) is the Shrove Monday before Ash Wednesday (usually in mid-February). It marks the beginning of Lent and is the highlight of the German Karneval (carnival). The Schoduvel is the largest carnival parade in Northern Germany and the fourth largest in Germany, behind those of the traditional carnival strongholds of Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Mainz. The term originates from Low Middle German, meaning "to shoo the devil". It was first documented in 1293, making it the oldest recorded carnival celebration in Germany. However, this tradition has not been a continuous one in Brunswick. Schoduvel celebrations include dressing up in costumes, dancing, heavy drinking, and the parade of Schoduvel floats. Usually candies are thrown into the costumed crowds lining the streets among cries of "Brunswick" to which the spectators respond "Helau". The procession starts at 12:30pm and ends around 5:00pm. Afterwards, the crowd continues drinking and celebration in bars along the procession route and in the bars of Magniviertel.
  • The Braunschweig Classix Festival [32] is an annual classical music festival held in and in the area around Brunswick. The main concert season is from May to June and consists of more than 60 concerts and events and since 2004 concerts are presented throughout the year.
  • The Brunswick Schützenfest (German "marksmen's festival", a traditional festival featuring a target shooting competition) is celebrated with the Braunschweiger Masch each June. Over 70 rides and several beer tents attract a crowd from Brunswick and the surrounding area. Highlight are the fireworks on the last Friday. Usually, although taking place in June, it rains during the Masch. Legend has it that this festival is hexed, since the festival site used to be the old Jewish cemetery.
  • Traditionally over the Pentecost weekend, Brunswick's castle square turns medieval during the annual Medieval Market Fair [33].
  • The Nord LB Open [34] is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor red clay courts. It is currently part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour. It is held annually at the Braunschweiger Tennis und Hockey Club in Brunswick.
  • The festival Kultur im Zelt [35] takes place each August and September, featuring acts, readings, bands, and stand-up comedians in a circus tent in Bürgerpark. Tickets should be bought in advanced, as this festival is usually booked out pretty early.
  • On every first September weekend, the quaint neighborhood Magniviertel is host to the Magnifest [36]. During this weekend, the whole area is closed is for car traffic and numerous food stands and band stages are erected throughout the Magniviertel. Artisans offer their products during the day, whereas bands play and people celebrate during the evening and nights. Drinking goes on until way past midnight.
  • The Braunschweig International Film Festival [37] takes place in November. Arthouse and independent films are shown in cinemas all over town. Prizes, such as the Heinrich and the Europa are awarded to independent movies, actors, and directors.
    Brunswick Christmas Market
  • The Braunschweiger Weihnachtsmarkt (Brunswick Christmas Market) [38] opens its gates during the week before the first Sunday of Advent (usually late November), and closes the week after Christmas (end of December). It is one of the most picturesque in Germany and is voted the most beautiful in Northern Germany on a regular basis. Typical beverages served include Glühwein (a mulled wine), Feuerzangenbowle (literally translates as fire-tongs punch - a traditional German alcoholic drink for which a rum-soaked sugar loaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine), Met (German mead), and Mummebier. Various specialties such as Braunkohl, Meterbratwurst (One-meter-long bratwurst), Heideschinken (baked ham in a rye bun), shashlik, baked camembert, etc. are also offered by numerous vendors on and around the castle square, along with with sweets such as sugar-coated almonds and apples, Schmalzgreben (yeast dough squares seethed in oil) and Brunswick specialty Prillecken. Market booths open around 10am and close at 9pm. Do not miss it, should you happen to be in the area in December.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Brunswick has a lot of options for shopping for a city its size, making it one of two major shopping locations in Lower Saxony (the other one being Hanover). Basically, shopping opportunities in Brunswick can more or less be broken down into three sections.

Schloss-Arkaden [39] is a large shopping mall located in the re-built facade of old Brunswick Palace. It is Brunswick's main shopping spot, boasting over 150 shops and stores, and attracting people from Lower Saxonay and neighboring Saxony-Anhalt. The mall's parking garage is conveniently located in the center of Brunswick's downtown area, making it a good spot to park, especially on weekends when the city is crowded.

The downtown shopping area is roughly deliniated by Lange Strasse, Bohlweg, Bruchtorwall, and Güldenstrasse. Many shops and eateries can be found within, such as:

  • Mini-mall City Point [40] accommodates over 40 shops on five floors.
  • The shopping area features three shopping passages. Welfenhof connects Packhof and Lange Strasse, and is home to a recommended tobacco store and one of Brunswick's finest cheese delicatessen. Burgpassage hosts a variety of stores on two floors. When walking towards Burgpassage from the Wrestlers' Fountain, turn left before entering it to get into Schlosspassage. This rather small passage will lead you to night club Tango.
  • Brunswick-based fashion chain New Yorker's [41] flagship store (Schuhstraße 27, 38100 Brunswick) is located in the downtown shopping area. The building is hard to miss due to Northern Germany's largest video screen.
  • German department store chain Karstadt [42] has three branches in Brunswick. The main branch offers higher quality clothing, stationaries, toys, etc. The basement contains an extensive grocery and deli. The branch Gewandhaus carries books, consumer electronics, chinaware, etc. Brunswick souvenirs are sold on the first floor. The branch Sporthaus sells sporting goods.
  • A good address for books is book store Graff [43], close to Welfenhof has a wide selection on books about Brunswick. They also have English books in stock. Read your latest purchase in their café, overlooking the Sack shopping street from their third floor.
  • When shopping for electronics, Mediamarkt [44] on Lange Strasse is a good address.

Nestled in the shadow of Schloss-Arkaden lies Magniviertel [45], the only Medieval neighborhood that survived WII more or less intact. The small timber-framed buildings house little art shops, wine stores, pawn shops, and stores selling health food. Great for a relaxed stroll on an otherwise busy Saturday. In summer, sit down on one of the bars or cafés and watch people play Boules in the yard of St.Magni church on a Saturday afternoon.

  • Department store Galeria Kaufhof, right next to Schloss-Arkaden is on the other side of Bohlweg, so it is technically not part of the main shopping district any more, but it neither fits in with the small stores of Magniviertel. Most notably, they boast the Brunswick Lions fan shop and also carry a small selection of Eintracht Braunschweig fan articles.


Souvenir shopping[edit]

The best general address for Brunswick-related articles is Braunschweig Stadtmarketing Touristinfo [46]. Besides souvenirs, they sell Braunschweig Phantoms fan articles, tickets for various concerts and theater plays, etc. Moreover, you can book guided tours and rent audio guides (e.g. of Medieval Brunswick [47]).

To shop for everything about Brunswick's signature beverage Mumme, visit the Mumme Store [48], located in Welfenhof.

Brunswick chinaware, mugs, and steins can be bought at Karstadt am Gewandhaus(Poststr. 4-5, 38100 Brunswick - 0531 4732000).

Eintracht Braunschweig articles can be purchased at Galeria Kaufhof (Bohlweg 72, 38100 Brunswick). For a wider selection, pay the Eintracht Fan Shop [49] a visit at Eintracht-Stadion (Hamburger Straße 210, Brunswick), or the recently opened one inside Schlosscarree [50].

Fan articles of American football club Braunschweig Lions can also be purchased at Galeria Kaufhof (Bohlweg 72, 38100 Brunswick).

The pharmacy Hagenmarkt-Apotheke [51] (Hagenmarkt 20, 38100 Brunswick - 0531/400114) carries Stadtrath, a herbal liquor, distilled in Brunswick.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Local specialties

Brunswick owl
Having been one of the most important cities of medieval Germany has left its traces in the Brunswick cuisine, be it the Mumme (Brunswick Mum)[52] (apparently the oldest man-made nonperishable food) or its rich selection of sausages and cakes. Take the opportunity to shop for Mumme specialties at the Mumme store [53]. A must-try are Eulen und Meerkatzen (owls and guenons - Ulen un Apen in Brunswick dialect), which, according to legend, were baked by Braunschweig trickster Till Eulenspiegel [54] to play a prank on the people of Brunswick, and which are to this day sold by Braunschweig bakeries. Watch out for seasonal food; the asparagus grown in the Brunsick district is regarded as one of the best in the world, curly kale, served as Braunkohl, is a specialty of the Brunswick region, as well as the local chanterelles. A good opportunity to try Brunswick specialties is the Christmas market in December. Vendors have lots of local food to offer, and you can try and share various dishes without having to sit and order in a restaurant


Budget[edit]

  • A definite Brunswick original is Zum Gemütlichen Conny (Diesterwegstrasse 1, 38114 Braunschweig - 0531 54150). In the glorious days when local soccer club Eintracht Braunschweig reigned supreme over the Bundesliga, this was the hangout for players and fans alike back in the day. Dubbed Hähnchen-Conny, their succulent roasted chicken is prepared after a secret family recipe (now in the second generation). To-go (phone ahead for pick-up) or traditionally served with home-made potatoe salad (don't dare ask for French fries!). Despite its status as a dyed in the wool Brunswick original, it is one of the few places in Braunschweig where Härke, a rather bitter beer from neighboring Peine, is served.
  • Zu den Vier Linden (Wiesenstrasse 5, 38102 Braunschweig - 0531 337271) [55] is a somewhat boheme restaurant/ bar, in keeping with its neighborhood Östliches Ringgebiet with a very mixed local crowd. Nice and laid-back atmosphere and a kitchen that stays open till past midnight make this venue a (hidden) gem.
  • Turkish-German dish Doner kebab places can be found all over town (like in any major German city). Most renowned for its Doner are the Bohlweg (Beyti Grillhaus [56] and Kebab Haus), Tandir near night club Merz, and the Dönerdreieck (Doner Triangle - most notably Ocakbasi,Mesopatmien Grill, Güney Grill, Olive, and others) wegded in between the downtown shopping district and the red light district.
  • Schalander (Stobenstr. 12, 38100 Braunschweig - 0531/2615074) [57] offers a rustic interior and inexpensive German cuisine.
  • A very traditional pizza parlor is Stresa, located on Bohlweg.
  • When you are in the city center some good options for a fast meal are the pizza restaurant in the 'Burg Passage' and the dutch french fries "Imbiss" near 'Karstadt'.
  • Arguably some of the best Italian ice creams north of the Alps can be found at Tiziano [58]. They serve their home-made ice cream at three parlors in Braunschweig. Their branch at Schlossarkaden also serves Italian food and wine.
  • Very popular with the nightlife crowd is Asian eatery Kim-Kim [59]. Located on the party mile next to club Schwanensee and usually packed on the weekends, they serve their meals to go.
  • If you can, please visit or order from Brunswick's Pizza Room (Sophienstr. 12, 38118 Braunschweig - 0531/22 56 131) [60]. This pizza parlor consists of only one room (hence the name), in which the owner and chef toils away while making pizzas to order or to go. Recommended: Pizza Montaverde.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Highly recommended with very, very typical Braunschweig cuisine comes Mutter Habenicht [61] ( Papenstieg 3, Brunswick - 0531 45956), tucked in behind the Braunschweiger Landesmuseum (Brunswick State Museum). Very typical Braunschweig cuisine and very friendly and communicative staff. English menus are available. NB: Smoking is permitted in this restaurant. In order to avoid the smoke, ask for a seat in their beer garden (all the way through the restaurant, and then to the left).
  • When in Brunswick, do not miss Schadt's [62] (Marstall 2, 38100 Brunswick - 0531 400349). Restaurant with German cuisine, famous for their home-brewed beer. A Braunschweig classic!
  • Fried´rich am Magnitor (Am Magnitor 5, Brunswick - 0531 41728) [63] features one of the best beer gardens in the city. Enjoy your beers or meals under their chestnut trees (open in summer).
  • Stadl am Kohlmarkt (Kohlmarkt 10, Brunswick - 0531 400322) serves Bavarian cousine. Located in an old timberframe house with nice dark wood interior, portions here are generous. May be crowded on occasion, staff is very helpful and friendly.
  • Schnitzelhaus (Wendenring 1-4, 38114 Braunschweig - 0531 341104) [64] serves typical German schnitzel in many variations and sizes. The place has an all-you-can-eat for 9,90 Euros offer on each month's last Friday.
  • William's Dorfklause (Ohlenhofstraße 11, 38120 Braunschweig Timmerlah - 0531 86 04 03) [65] serves Germany's largest Schnitzel. Eat two of those monsters (1.5kg /3lbs each) and you plus 20 of your friends eat and drink on the house. Located a little outside the city center in Timmerlah, but definitely worth a visit, not only for Schnitzel enthusiasts.
  • Fischer [66] (Altewiekring 44, 38102 Braunschweig - 0531 7071410) on Altewiekring is a chic somewhat artsy place with a very nice atmosphere, an even nicer staff, and an even more excellent Flammkuchen. The selection of cakes is also worth a shot. Live music on occasion.
  • El Gaucho [67] (Wendenring 1-4, 38114 Braunschweig - 0531 342884), Argentinian steak house, and one of the best in town. Tip: Their pepper steak.

Splurge[edit]

  • A great location for eating is the Hotel Ritter St. Georg, [68]. It is a bit more expensive but they serve excellent food.
  • Tandure [69] is an upscale Anatolian restaurant, located in the building complex 'Artmax', close to the 'Volkswagen Arena'. Among its regulars has been the Turkish ambassador to Germany. Reservations highly recommended.
  • Hotel Haus zur Hanse [70] features an excellent restaurant, which has recently been remodeled into a top-notch steak house.
  • Acclaimed Naske [71] offers a pretty international yet selected menu (bison burger next to Vietnamese duck curry and Southern rumpsteak in peanut sauce). They also serve their own beer Naske Dunkel.
  • Gewandhaus Restaurant (Altstadtmarkt 1, 38100 Braunschweig - 0531/24 27 77) [72] serves German cuisine in the city's old cloth hall. The restaurant itself is located in Northern Germany's oldest vaulted cellar.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars and pubs[edit]

  • The Wild Geese [73], Irish pub and hangout for the English-speaking expat crowd.
  • Bolero, with Mexican restaurant (call ahead for reservation).
  • Knochenhauer, with weekly Salsa lessons.
  • Latino, on Tuesdays discount for their excellent pizza.
  • Okercabana, [74]. An artificial Beach were you can chill to downtempo or jazz music. Sometimes there are live music events.
  • Gearbox, [75]. Rockabilly, Psychobilly and Rock'n Roll Bar.
  • Sonnendeck, [76]. A beach bar, the top level of a parking garage covered in sand. There's no happy hour, but the view from up above the hustle and bustle is nice. Often closed because of weather; check earlier that day.
  • EventKiste, [77]. EventKiste is an online magazine, on which locations in Brunswick and upcoming Parties are listed.  edit

Clubs[edit]

  • Jolly Joker, [78] located in the Brunswick weststadt. Open Tu, F, Sa from 9PM to around 3AM. Daily drink specials. Ages range from 16 to 25 on an average night, Brunswicks biggest disco.
  • Brain, [79]. Alternativ music like Reggae, Drum'n Bass, Electropunk, Funk and so on. Different music on different days
  • DAX Bierbörse, in the center of the city.
  • Meier Music Hall, [80]. Mostly 'darker' and 80's music like metal and so on. Ages range from 25 to 40.
  • Fritz, [81], near the Schützenplatz.

Venues[edit]

  • Kaufbar [82] quirky mix between bar, cafe, restaurant, and cabaret theater, this place often hosts live bands, readings, and improvs/ comedy theater.
  • Nexus [83]. This venue attracts an alternative clientele for Punk/ Ska/ Indie /Alternative acts.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Brunswick, as would be expected of a City of this size, has a large number of excellent hotels, many in or near the city centre.

Bed & Breakfast

  • B&B, Hansestrasse 90A, 38112 Braunschweig (7 Km north of the city centre a short drive from the Autobahn 2.), 0531 23170331. checkin: From 15.00; checkout: To 12.00. This B&B hotel offers 78 rooms in a quiet suburb of Braunschweig. Whilst the rooms are not that big, and there is no capacity for extra beds or cots for babies, there is free WiFi connection in the public rooms and free parking. There is no restaurant, but a substantial breakfast is included in the price. € 45.  edit

Budget

  • Hotel Deutsches Haus, Ruhfaeutchenplatz 1, 38100 Braunschweig (Braunschweig City Centre), 0531 1200 0. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 11.00. Hotel Deutsches Haus is near the city centre and offers 84 spacious rooms. The building is over 100 years old, but has been tastefully modernised and offers its own Italian Style restaurant, Al Duomo, and has a Wine Bar and Terrace that looks out on to the Cathedral Square. Car Parking is free. € 45 - € 110.  edit
  • Hotel Restaurant Jaegerhof, Volksmarsweg 16, 38104 Braunschweig (5 Km to the east of the city centre), 0531 236 360. checkin: 17.00 - 22.00; checkout: 08.00 - 10.30. The Jaegerhof is a small family run hotel with 23 quiet and cosy rooms. Car parking is free, pets are welcomed on request, and children under 4 are free, but the rooms are not big enough for extra cots. There is a good house restaurant and in summer the garden is used as a Beer Garden. WiFi is offered free of charge. Although a bit of a hack from the city centre, this hotel offers a quiet respite from a busy day on the tourist or shopping trail of Brunswick. € 60 - € 80.  edit
  • GHotel, Dresdenstrasse 10, 28124 Braunschweig (Southern district of the City - Rautheim). checkin: 14.00 - 23.00; checkout: 06.30 - 11.00. GHotel is situated about 10 minutes to the south of the city centre in a quiet suburb. GHotel offers 129 rooms and it has a small restaurant / breakfast room. Pets are welcomed on request, and there are accompanying charges. Children under 3 are free, and other persons will be charged € 30 per night - maximum one per room. The Hotel was a former hospital, and this is evident in the structure of the adjoining corridors. This is a no frills hotel. € 40 - € 100.  edit

Mid Range

  • Moevenpick Hotel, Joddenstr. 3, 38100 Braunschweig (Braunschweig City Centre). checkin: 14.00; checkout: 06.00 - 12.00. The Moevenpick Hotel is part of the well known chain with its highly praised culinary and hotel care reputation. The Hotel offers 148 spacious rooms with a 24hr front desk service. Pets are welcomed at no extra cost, but charges are made for use of the public car park nearby. € 70- € 185.  edit
  • Mecure Hotel Atrium, Berliner Platz 3, 3812 Braunschweig (Centrally located, 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral). checkin: 15.00; checkout: 12.00. Mercure Hotel Atrium is another of the many 'chain' hotels on offer in Brunswick. It is well located for the centre, offers 130 rooms with air conditioning, Internet, a Sauna and Fitness Centre as well as a Solarium. There are meeting and Banqueting facilities, and for those ventureing out into the Harz Mountains for the day, the hotel offers a packed lunch service. Tils Sports Bar is a good meeting place in the evening before venturing out on the town. The hotel is very close to the main railway station, but black out curtains and the air conditioning help for a sleepful night. € 60 - € 140.  edit


Splurge

  • Pentahotel, Auguststrasse 6-8, 38100 Braunschweig (Braunschweig City Centre), 0531 48140. checkin: 15.00; checkout: 12.00. A centrally located Hotel with 139 air conditioned rooms offering all the facilities that would be expected of a modern 4 star hotel. Rooms are individually designed and there is a complimentary bottle of water but as with so many hotels in central locations car parking (€ 11 per day) and WiFi (€ 5.50 per day)are all extra, as are pets which cost € 20 per Day. There is a good restaurant and breakfast room service may be ordered. There is a sauna and a small fitness centre in the hotel. € 70 / € 260.  edit
  • Stadtpalais Best Western, Hinter Liebfrauen 1a, 38100 Braunschweig (5 minute walk from the Cathedral), 0531 241025. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. The Best Western Hotel Stadtpalais offers 45 rooms, a 24 hour service with bar, a shuttle bus to the main railway station and airport, free WiFi and car parking. The hotel has a wide range of prices for its customers, with some saying that this is the best hotel in Brunswick, but still only at a 4 star rating. The Hotel is situated right on the edge of the pedestrian area of Brunswick so it is ideal for exploring the many shops by day and there is of course a rich choice of restaurants for the evening. € 80 - € 350.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • The German Half-Timbered House Road [84] traverses the distrcit of Brunswick in Wolfenbüttel and Schöppenstedt.
  • The Lower Saxon Asparagus Road (German: Niedersächsische Spargelstraße) [85] is a tourist route that confers recognition of the asparagus as a delicacy in the region.
  • The Harz-Heide Road is a road that runs over the Harz mountains in Germany through heath (German: Heide) landscape and which is known for its beautiful scenery.
  • Elm-Lappwald Nature Park [86]
  • Visit the Jägermeister [87] destillery Mast-Jägermeister AG, manufacturer of the 70-proof digestif of the same name in Wolfenbüttel
  • The Harz mountains can be reached by public transport (Trains to Bad Harzburg, Wernigerode or Goslar).
  • Magdeburg is less than an hour by train.
  • Göttingen is one hour by ICE high speed train.
  • Wolfenbüttel with its library is 9 mins by train (or 27 by bus).
  • The Autostadt Wolfsburg, home of the Volkswagen, is 16 or 24 mins by train.
  • phæno [88], a museum with 250 experimental stations in Wolfsburg.
  • The former border control post at Marienborn near Helmstedt is now a memorial site [89], [90]. Marienborn is also one of the oldest place of pilgrimage in Germany.
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