Braunschweig
WHERE THE MIDDLE AGES AND MODERNITY INTERMINGLE

View of Braunschweig Castle, which houses a shopping mall that many students like to use. © Friedrichs/DAAD
Castle© Friedrichs/DAAD

Braunschweig is full of contrasts. You will find medieval churches nestled among the modern shops. The beautiful parks brighten up the grey buildings of the Technische Universität (TU), Germany’s oldest technical college. Braunschweig is a city with many different facets and a unique charm.

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WELCOME TO BRAUNSCHWEIG

The residents of Braunschweig are proud of their city. With its medieval-style downtown, it is widely regarded as one of the prettiest cities in Germany. But Braunschweig is also home to international, cutting-edge companies. The city is full of contrasts. One example is the castle which has a shopping centre integrated inside. This combination of modernity and tradition attracts an increasing number of students to the city. Having so many young people makes Braunschweig extremely vibrant.

There are many places worth visiting downtown. For instance, Burg Dankwerode and the Braunschweig cathedral are two impressive buildings situated right next to modern stores and shops. On the Kohlmarkt, you can see why residents of Braunschweig are so proud of their city – classy cafés and well-known chain stores are integrated in the medieval half-timbered houses. The oldest parts of the city date back to the early ninth century.

The Oker River makes a detour around the downtown in the truest sense of the word. Boats constantly take tourists up and down the river so they can enjoy a view of the city from the water. The residents of Braunschweig take advantage of the quiet river for one of their favourite pastimes – canoeing.

But students aren’t only attracted to Braunschweig because of its interesting architecture. The TU Braunschweig is the oldest technical college in Germany and is one of the most prestigious. Many of its degree programmes – such as Mechanical Engineering – benefit from practice-oriented instruction and close cooperation with local industry. A number of well-known corporations operate in Braunschweig and the surrounding region, e.g. Intel, Volkswagen, Siemens and the fashion company New Yorker.

LIVING IN BRAUNSCHWEIG

With its medieval downtown district, Braunschweig is keenly aware of its history and tradition, but that doesn’t mean the city is quiet. Student life in Braunschweig is very diverse and international.

The city has a rich cultural scene. The is the oldest museum in Germany and is known for its extensive art-historical collection of works by Vermeer and Rubens. You should also pay a visit to the , where you can learn more about the history of the city. Theatre lovers especially enjoy the performances at the , which provides a venue for young, talented actors from the region.

During the summer, you can go on an outing to the “Südsee” (South Sea). You can relax in the park and cool off in the lake. And don’t forget to stop by the Okercabana Beach Club – especially popular among students thanks to its reasonable prices.

There’s an active nightlife in Braunschweig which will take your mind off the everyday stress at university. There are three places in town where lots of bars and clubs are packed together. You can start your evening in the Magni district at the „Altstadt Treff“, where they serve delicious Altbier punch. If you’re a cocktail lover, you should go to Siebenschläfer, located on the west side of downtown.

After that, head over to what they call the “Cult Quarter” where legendary parties regularly take place at The Lindbergh Palace, 42° Fieber and the BrainKlub. Most places don’t charge an entrance fee, but if they do, it’s usually never more than four euros. If you want to have a drink with friends after a lecture, you might want to check out the Eastern Ring District where you’ll find a number of pubs on Blütenweg.

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