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Braunschweig provides surprises - liberal and pleasantly tranquil, the Lion City of Braunschweig impresses with its rich history, lively cultural scene and attractive city centre. Within the ring formed by the Oker river around the heart of the city, you will discover exciting leisure activities, diverse shopping opportunities and a wide variety of restaurants within a short walking distance, as well as the opportunity to relax in a location which is central yet surrounded by greenery.

Experience Braunschweig's past as a Guelph residence and Hanseatic city. At Burgplatz square, the Middle Ages are still present today, whilst traces of the Hanseatic era can be discovered at Altstadtmarkt square. The centrepiece of the rich artistic and cultural offerings is formed by both the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, with baroque masters such as Rubens and Vermeer, and the State Theatre which, as a five-section theatre, presents culture at the highest level. With charming boutiques, owner-operated specialist shops and international chain stores, the city centre invites you to stroll, linger and browse, whilst the inner-city parks along the Oker river offer peace and relaxation. Allow yourself to be captivated by the diversity of Braunschweig.


Altstadtmarkt ©Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH/Daniel Möller

Visit to the Altstadtmarkt (Old Town Square)

The influence of the Hanseatic League can still be felt today in the centre of the "Altstadt" (Old Town), which was established in the 12th century. The Altstadtrathaus (Old Town Hall) is adorned with the "Braunschweiger Elle", a linear measure with a length of 57.07 centimetres, which served as a control measurement for trade. The Gewandhaus, the former store, sales and guild house of the cloth merchants, now houses two restaurants.

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Bürgerpark Oker ©Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH/Daniel Möller

A round trip on the Oker river

The Oker river with its green banks surrounds the city centre like a ring. Until 1764, the Oker was an important trade route for the transport of goods. During a leisurely raft trip or a sporty canoe tour, guests and locals can still discover the city from the Oker today.

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Kohlmarkt ©Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH/Daniel Möller

A visit to Kohlmarkt square

The Kohl(en)markt with the Haus zur Rose used to be a storage place for Mumme barrels and charcoal. Today, it is a central meeting place in the city centre and provides the backdrop for numerous events. Its character lies in the variety of historical façades from different eras.

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Innenstadt ©Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH/Markus Hörster

A visit to the Magniviertel

In the Magniviertel, one of the oldest districts of Braunschweig, architecture from the Hanseatic era can still be discovered today. Small cafés and owner-operated shops invite you to stroll along narrow alleys and past half-timbered houses. The house at Ackerhof 2 bears the oldest inscription on a half-timbered building in Germany: Anno M CCCC XXX II (1432).

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Alte Waage ©Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH/Gerald Grote

Alte Waage

The Alte Waage (Old Weighing House) was rebuilt in 1534 as the weighing and storage house of Braunschweig's Neustadt (New Town) on the site of a "Waaghus" first mentioned in 1401, but was then completely destroyed in 1944. Since 1994, the five-storey, free-standing reconstruction of the half-timbered building has dominated the Wollmarkt as the largest, most imposing half-timbered structure in Braunschweig.

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