by Seema Nande Updated on 15 Oct 2018
One of the largest cities, situated in between Hanover and Berlin is Braunschweig in Lower Saxony. The city is also called as Brunswick by the locals. Replete of tourist attractions, Braunschweig is said to be founded by Henry the Lion while he was the Duke of Saxony. The city is known for being a trading hub in the middle ages and the plenty of places to visit in Braunschweig testify the history of the city. Though the city was bombed during the World War II and a lot of monuments were affected, still, some great points of interest of Braunschweig like St. Blasii Cathedral & Henry’s Romanesque palace were restored later. If you are visiting the beautiful city of Braunschweig, this article will help you in choosing the 15 best things to do in Braunschweig.
Here's the list of top attractions and 15 best things to do in Braunschweig:
1. Dankearderode Castle
The castle will certainly give you a roman feel. You will get an idea what actually the seat of the 12th century Duke Henry the Lion looked like. The building was never fully damaged but became a very less important building until it was rebuilt in the 17th century, the glory is back again. With the help of an archaeological survey, it was rearranged in its Romanesque style in the year 1887. You will find some great historic things inside the building like the reddish limestone made fireplaces which is famously known as Aquäduktenmarmor and the 880 kg Brunswick Lion (original one) on the ground floor.
2. Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum
The museum is filled with a great collection of Baroque and Renaissance art which is collected by the duke of Brunswick, Anthony Ulrich in the 17th and the 18th century. After his passing, the museum was created on 1754 and became European continent’s oldest museum. The northern European art is filled in the gallery. You will find their the pieces of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Hans Holbein the Younger, Vermeer, Rubens, and van Dyck. You will also find thousands of engravings and drawings in the print room by Raphael, William Hogarth, Rembrandt, Rubens, and many others.
Till the 9th century, this was the sitting place for the princes of Braunschweig. You will find a lot of historic building all around the place like some houses of timber, a cathedral, reconstructed Dankwarderode Castle, and the historic guild hall. There you will also see a bronze replica of the Brunswick Lion. Since 1989, the replica has been there made by some unknown artist. You will find the original one in the Dankearderode Castle.
4. Schlossmuseum Braunschweig
The building will certainly give a feel of the lifestyle of the House of Welf. You will find that the decoration of the rooms are filled with royal furniture and art. If you are there, don’t forget to visit the White Hall dining table. The carpets and the wallpapers of the throne hall are a treat to watch.
5. Brunswick Palace
It is the residence of the Dukes of Brunswick and is standing tall for more than three centuries. But it was not always that great as it is right now as the building was burnt in 1830 and after the rebuilding the next one did not last more than 100 year. The building was heavily damaged during the period of 1960 to 2007 due to the war. But was reconstructed later using the Neoclassical designs of the 19th century. Now, behind the building, you will find a great shopping mall for shopping, the Schloss-Arkaden.
6. St Blasii Cathedral
The building was ordered to made by the order of Henry the Lion in the year 1173. But that was the period when Henry was exiled from Germany a couple of times and that delayed the process of the construction. After their death, both Henry and his wife were buried here. The building was not finished till then. The building is Romanesque too.
7. St. Magni Kirche
Some people say that the birth of this church and the birth of Braunschweig are at the same time. It is said that the time is 1031. But the church got damaged heavily after that. It was rebuilt again in the 13th century. The bells of the church are quite old too, the oldest one is of the year 1335. There was an air raid in 1944 and the church was hit pretty bad. But later was restored again. Different parts of the church is made in different style while restoring again and again so don’t miss any.
The cobblestone street of Magniviertel has some timbered houses surrounding it. There you will find a lot of independent shops and restaurants. The streets will take you to the squares of St. Magni Churchyard and Ackerhof. The oldest timber house in the whole Germany is Ackerhof. In one of the beams of the house, you will find an inscription written 1432 AD in it. In summer, you will found that the cafes and the restaurants are using the front of Magnikirche as an outdoor seating for their customers.
9. Braunschweiger Rathaus
The old city hall, the Braunschweiger Rathaus was built in the 1890s. The Neo-Gothic style of the building a glorious to watch. The Flemish-style belfry is seen from all over the city due to its 61 meter height. In the ground floor of the building there is a very old but renowned restaurant, the Ratskeller. Another memorial which you will find there is of the Sinti population of Braunschweig, which was murdered brutally during the second world war. You will get a full view of the city from the top tower of the building. The building is open from 9:00 AM to 15:00 PM.
10. Stadtiches Museum
The Stadtiches Museum is without any doubt one of the richest museums present in the country. But the museum was long closed before 2012 due to some ongoing refurbishment work. In this museum you will find a whole lot of porcelain, musical instruments, furniture, and silverware which are absolute gold for the art lovers and you can spend hours watching these. There is another thing to watch, a huge 86,000 coin collection by a father son duo Pascha Johann Friedrich Weitsch and Friedrich Georg Weitsch.
11. Schloss Richmond
The castle was built by Duke Charls William Ferdinand for his beloved wife, Princess Augusta. She was Britain’s King George III’s elder sister. The building is situated at the banks of Oker river and it is in the English gardens. The sight is a delight to watch from outside. If you want to visit the place, you need to enquire ahead of your visit as this is a private residence now.
12. Happy Rizzi House
While visiting Magniviertel, you will find the very bizarre building which is made by James Rizzi, a renowned American pop artist. The whole building is plastered with cheerful cartoon faces which are very colorful too. That is the reason, the building is named as Happy Rizzi House. The building cannot be seen from inside as it is not open for the public. But still you can step out of your vehicle to see the outer designs or to take a picture of it.
13. Christmas Market
The market is known for pulling a huge number of crowd every year. Here you will find a lot of stalls. In fact more than 150 different artisan stalls can be found here selling jewelery, wooden toys, and stuffed toys. There are some counters of delightful alcohol too.
14. ‘Arche Noah’ Zoo Braunschweig
The zoo was established is 1964 and is known for keeping animals happy by giving them a lot of free roaming space. The species here are not as much as some other zoos in Germany but they keep the zoo very natural here. There are around 50 different species of animals available in the zoo some of them are Siberian tiger, cheetah, Barbary apes, South American bears, and the golden headed lion tamarins. There are some tortoise and turtle species too among the reptiles. The place is a real fun place for the kids and they like here a lot.
The building around the square are pretty old and each one is there to tell you a story. Here you will find the oldest town hall in the whole Germany, Altstadrathaus, which is built in the 14th century. Here you will also find a market full of shish kebab and bratwurst stalls.
These are the top things to do in Braunschweig. There are some more great places which you can visit tough like if you want to feed yourself, you just have some good bars and restaurants like Craft Bier Bar, Sausalitos Braunschweig, Eusebia, and Studio Ost. For shopping, you can visit Kohlmarkt.