Brunswick, Germany Tourist Attractions
The old Guelph town of Braunschweig (better known in English as Brunswick), the second largest city in the Land of Lower Saxony, lies on the Oker in a fertile plain in the north of the Harz foreland area. In the old town a few "islands of tradition" bear witness to the rich history of the town, which suffered severe destruction in the Second World War. Braunschweig's Technical College (now the University) was the earliest in Germany (founded 1745).
In the heart of Braunschweig (Brunswick) lies the Burgplatz, with Burg Dankwarerode (restored), built about 1175 by Henry the Lion (with a two-story wing of 1887). In the center of the square is a magnificent bronze lion, set up here by Henry the Lion in 1166 as a symbol of his power.
The magnificent bronze lion was set up in Braunschweig's Burgplatz by Henry the Lion in 1166 as a symbol of his power.
The Huneborstelsches Haus (1536) in Braunschweig was moved to its present position in 1902; it is now a guild-house.
Burg Dankwarderode (restored), in Braunschweig's Burgplatz, was built about 1175 by Henry the Lion (with a two-story wing of 1887).
Cathedral of St Blasius
The Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral of St Blasius (Blaise), in Braunschweig, the earliest large vaulted building in Lower Saxony, was built in 1173-95 during the reign of Henry the Lion. In the nave is the tomb of Henry and his wife Mathilde (c. 1250), a masterpiece of Late Romanesque sculpture of the Saxon school. In front of the choir, under a brass of 1707, are buried Emperor Otto IV (d. 1218) and his wife Beatrix. In the high choir, which, like the south aisle, has Romanesque wall paintings, is a seven-branched candelabrum 4.5 m/15ft high, presented by Henry the Lion. The oldest and most important item in the furnishings of the Cathedral is the Imerward Crucifix (1150), from the first cathedral.
The large Hagenmarkt in Braunschweig has a fountain commemorating Henry the Lion (1874).
St Catherine's Church
The Katharinenkirche (12th-14th C.; Protestant) in Braunschweig has an organ installed in 1980, incorporating parts of a Baroque organ of 1623.
St Andrew's Church
The 12th C. Andreaskirche in Braunschweig is Romanesque with Gothic alterations.
University of Technology
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in Braunschweig is near the University of Technology.Exhibits feature dinosaurs, birds, and sea creatures.
The Markt in Braunschweig, southwest of the Burgplatz, forms the heart of the old Hanseatic commercial town. It originated as a street market in the 11th and 12th centuries.
St Martin's Church
The Martinikirche in Braunschweig was built during the 12th-14th centuries (Protestant).
The Gothic Town Hall in Braunschweig Market, originally a 14th C. banqueting hall, has a two-tier arcade in front.
St Michael's Church
The little Michaeliskirche (Protestant) in Braunschweig was consecrated in 1157. In its present form it is a 14th century Gothic hall-church.
At Alte Knochenhauerstrasse 11 is Braunschweig's oldest half-timbered house front.
Haus der Hanse
The handsome Haus der Hanse in Braunschweig was built in 1567.
St Ägidien's Church
The Gothic church of St Ägidien or St Giles (R.C.; choir 13th C., nave 14th C.) is to the south of Braunschweig's Burgplatz. Adjoining the church, in the old Dominican monastery, is the Braunschweig Provincial Museum (Landesmuseum; history, folk traditions).
In Braunschweig's picturesque Ottilienteil quarter are many half-timbered houses.
St Magnus's Church
The finely restored Magnikirche in Braunschweig was consecrated in 1031 (Protestant; modern sculpture). Behind the church there remains a corner of old Braunschweig, with fine half-timbered houses. In the churchyard of St Magnus's (700 m/750yd southeast) can be seen the tomb of the writer and philosopher G. E. Lessing (1729-81). On the east side of the churchyard is the Stadthalle (1965).
Beside the Museumspark in Braunschweig stands the Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum, with a collection of art and applied art (imperial robes of Otto IV; Rembrandt's "Family Group", c. 1668).Two hundred m/220yd south, on the Löwenwall, is the interesting Municipal Museum (Städtisches Museum).
Address: Museumstrasse 1, D-38100 Braunschweig, Germany
Opening hours: Jan 1 to Dec 31: 10am-5pm; Wed: 1pm-8pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24)
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €2.50, Concession or reduced rate €1.30, Child 6 & under FREE
The beautiful Bürgerpark in Braunschweig has a swimming pool (the Stadtbad) and a recreational and educational center.Adjoining is the elegant Schloss Richmond (1768-69).
The elegant Schloss Richmond in Braunschweig's Bürgerpark was built between 1768 and 1769.
In Braunschweig's eastern Riddagshausen suburb, beyond the Prinz-Albrecht-Park, can be found a notable church belonging to a former Cistercian monastery (13th C.). To the north and south are the Riddagshausen nature reserve and the Buchhorst landscape reserve.
Map of Brunswick Attractions