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Braunschweig
Travel Guide

The Lion City is shaped by its many historical buildings, shopping options and an active arts and culture scene. 

Nobody knows exactly when or why Braunschweig was founded, but it's well known that it grew to be one of the most important and tumultuous cities in medieval Germany, one of the final nine members of the prestigious Hanseatic League. Years later, World War II left the city almost entirely destroyed, with only a tenth of the center left standing. Modern-day Braunschweig is dominated by automobile-friendly post-war architecture, with only a select few medieval structures remaining.

Yet the medieval sites and structures that remain, tell the story of Braunschweig’s significance and influence in the Middle Ages. The St. Blasii Cathedral and Dankwarderode Castle were both built by Henry the Lion. The Lion Statue in the castle was the first freestanding monument of the Middle Ages (there is a replica just outside the church). The Gewandhaus reveals the power of the guilds in the 13th century.

Braunschweig offers many cultural venues and artistic activities. One unique site is the Rizzi House, an office building designed by artist James Rizzi that looks like it came straight out of a cartoon. Another is the Jewish Museum, among the oldest in the world and a fascinating exhibition.

Today, the city is also famous for its array of shopping options centered on bustling streets. For a more authentic experience, head to Magniviertel, not only the sole neighborhood that survived World War II, but also home to a wealth of small boutiques for books, art and food.

The city also has one of the oldest red light districts in Europe. If you’re curious, but don't want to get too close, view it through the gates on Bruchstrasse.

Braunschweig is easily navigated by foot, with downtown shopping areas conveniently marked as pedestrian-only zones. However, should you need to go a little further, public transportation is reliable and gets you anywhere within the city limits.

Where to stay in Braunschweig

IntercityHotel Braunschweig
IntercityHotel Braunschweig
3.5 out of 5
Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, Braunschweig
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $84 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum and Happy Rizzi House. Coal Market (Kohlmarkt) and Brunswick ...

4.4/5Excellent! (242 reviews)

"The staff are very freindly and helpful. We had an issue with the room rate and they resolved it to our complete satisfaction"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

IntercityHotel Braunschweig
Steigenberger Parkhotel Braunschweig
Steigenberger Parkhotel Braunschweig
4.5 out of 5
Nimes-Str. 2, Braunschweig, NI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $98 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated on the riverwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Coal Market (Kohlmarkt), Altstadtmarkt, and Happy Rizzi House. Brunswick Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (343 reviews)
Braunschweig

"Breakfast was good, with good coffee. Comfortable bed and a clean room with an excellent shower"…"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2019

Steigenberger Parkhotel Braunschweig
Best Western Hotel Braunschweig
Best Western Hotel Braunschweig
3 out of 5
Dresdenstraße 10, Braunschweig, NI
The price is $63 per night from May 1 to May 2

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Happy Rizzi House, and Schloss Arkaden Braunschweig. Coal Market (Kohlmarkt) ...

3.9/5Very Good! (208 reviews)

"Very nice Hotel in a very quiet area. It looks like it’s renovated, the wifi works fast and the staff was great, very attentive and nice people. With the Corona situation they took the necessary measures so that everything worked nicely."…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

Best Western Hotel Braunschweig
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sunny Cottage With Large Garden
Sunny Cottage With Large Garden
Braunschweig, Lower Saxony

This family-friendly Braunschweig vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Naturschutzgebiet Riddagshausen and Kloster Riddagshausen. Schloss Arkaden Braunschweig ...

5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
beautiful house by the park

"Very big and spacious house, wonderful hosts and great location. could not have asked for a better place to stay in with our family."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Sunny Cottage With Large Garden
Sunny Apartment With a Large South-facing Balcony
Sunny Apartment With a Large South-facing Balcony
Braunschweig, Lower Saxony

Situated in Braunschweig, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Altstadtmarkt, Coal Market (Kohlmarkt), and Castle Square (Burgplatz). Dankwarderode ...

5/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Stadtbesuch

"Hat alles gut geklappt. War zufrieden mit allem."…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Sunny Apartment With a Large South-facing Balcony
NEU Renoviert 3 Z.-wohnung Nahe der Innenstadt
NEU Renoviert 3 Z.-wohnung Nahe der Innenstadt
Braunschweig, Lower Saxony

Located in Western Ring Area, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Altstadtmarkt, Coal Market (Kohlmarkt), and Brunswick Cathedral. Castle Square ...

NEU Renoviert 3 Z.-wohnung Nahe der Innenstadt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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