Brunswick is a fairly common town or district name in the U.S.A., and other countries have that, too. However, here I’m talking about the German city of Braunschweig, which is usually being called Brunswick by English speaking people as well as some citizens.
This city is located in the German federal state of Lower Saxony (German: Niedersachsen). It is, in German terms, with a quarter million inhabitants a fairly large city.
It has lots of historical buildings and medieval squares, and possesses a modern, creative and innovative side. Being the artistic and business hub of the region, the city is the seat of many well-known companies and offers the perfect environment for meetings and conferences.
The city’s olden times is conserved in the five “islands of tradition” that shapes the city center, providing an inspirational architectural backdrop for every kind of event.
You will find ample attractions here which are divided into five areas — each of which has its own unique character. You will hit upon some places in the form of St. Blasius’ Cathedral, the old Gothic town hall, and Castle Square with its lion statue; all of which are really well worth a visit.
Castle Square and Lion Statue are some majestic medieval constructs. The castle square is encircled by Dankwarderode Castle. Right in the middle of this historical square is a mock-up of the city’s most renowned memorial — the bronze lion statue which the Duke had erected as a symbol of his power and jurisdiction.
You may adore seeing the cathedral of St. Blasius which can be found in Castle Square. The tomb, which is adjacent to this structure, is made up of Triassic limestone and regarded as an extremely noteworthy works of medieval stone sculpture.
A further significant portion on display in the cathedral is the Romanesque wooden crucifix by Imervard, the master woodcarver.
At present, the cathedral is the site for numerous diverse concerts and actions.
You will realize that the Old Town Hall falls among the most stunning examples of medieval architecture. It contains two wings which were constructed at right angles to each other. In the interior of the building, you will find the “Brunswick yardstick” which was mostly used by drapers to measure cloth.
If you love to spend your time in the lap of nature, just a bit north of the city you’ll find the Lüneburg Heath while the south is surrounded by the Harz Mountains. Stunning landscapes and flourishing forests are just waiting to be explored in this region — by you! ;-)
Oh, and you certainly know the car company Volkswagen (“VW”), don’t you? Would like to watch them while they produce the cars? Then a voyage to the nearby VW Autostadt automotive exhibition complex in Wolfsburg could very well serve as an ideal day trip!
By the way, if you’re fascinated in exploring mills and learning about their history, the Lower Saxony Mills Route is a bless for you.