Braunschweig - The Guelphs, the Hansa and Bright Minds
Braunschweig (Brunswick), the city of Henry the Lion, was given its distinctive character in the course of the centuries through the influence of the family of Guelph, the Hansa, as well as of many bright minds such as Lessing, Gauß and Spohr. Today, Braunschweig is a beautiful shopping city, lively cultural city and the centre of one of Europe's most research-intensive regions. The historic ensembles around the Burglöwe monument as well as the residential palace, contrasting with modern buildings and passages, characterise the townscape with its bustling squares. Perched in splendour on top of the residential palace, the largest quadriga in Europe with its visitor's platform allows a view of the city centre surrounded by the river Oker. Along the former city fortifications, villas and parks line the Oker. Raft trips on the river, whether guided or individual, provide you with a very special panorama of the city. Braunschweig's museums are among the leading ones in Europe, presenting significant art treasures and collections. The city's wide range of cultural offers includes music, film and theatre festivals, top-rate exhibitions as well as numerous open-air events. Braunschweig is also an ideal starting point for outings to a remarkable cultural region. The Harz mountains and the Lüneburg Heath can aslo be reached in just half an hour by car.