Where Better than Braunschweig?
When it comes to great destinations to visit, there’s a place nestled in Lower Saxony that we think doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. A city with a connection to both lions and science, somewhere that combines tradition with modernity, and greenery with great architecture. We’ve previously shared a blog about it for our Insider Tips, but it’s been long enough that now is the perfect time for us to go back to Braunschweig.
Braunschweig, or Brunswick as it’s also known, just about sneaks into the top 30 of Germany’s largest cities, so it won’t be a massive surprise if some of you living outside of Germany aren’t so familiar with it. Luckily, we’ve put together this little piece about why you should consider it for your next city break and some of its highlights.
Let’s start with something cultural, shall we? The Staatstheater Braunschweig is a must-visit for any German speaker stopping in the city. At over 300 years old, this historic establishment has five current divisions of programs: Musical theatre, Drama, Dance theatre, Youth State Theatre, and the State Orchestra (hey, maybe even something for the non-German speakers here!). With an extensive calendar of events and reasonably priced tickets, it’s definitely worth a look.
If theatre or performing arts aren’t your thing, then maybe some interesting architecture is more to your taste. The Magni Quarter is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city and just a short walk from Pentahotel Braunschweig. There you will find not only plenty of beautiful, half-wooden traditional “Fachwerk” houses containing plenty of cafes and shops, but most likely one of the wackiest and most colourful buildings you’re ever likely to see in the Happy RIZZI House. For a more comprehensive list of the more traditional sights to see in the city (including an iconic Lion statue) we recommend this handy list.
If you’ve had enough of the cultural stuff and are fancying a little retail therapy instead, Braunschweig also has plenty of options. Just a 5-minute walk from the Pentahotel, will get you to Schloss Arkaden, an impressive building containing a shopping mall with loads of shops and food options. If that is a bit mainstream for your liking, then you could try one of the various markets that the city has to offer, including a Farmers Market every Thursday at Kohlmarkt (one of the main meeting points in the city centre) that sells fresh produce that has to come from the region.
Looking for an incredibly wholesome family day out, or are you just an animal lover? Either way, a trip to Braunschweig Zoo should be on your agenda. This zoo is family owned and much more relaxed than some larger ones, really the best way to describe it would be ‘charming’. An especially nice thing is that you can get up close to the animals and even feed some of them. If you fancy it, you should definitely check out this great offer that we have, which includes your entrance to the zoo as part of your room rate - a comfy room and lots of cute animals, sounds like a winning combination right?
So, if this hasn’t convinced you that Braunschweig is a hidden gem and deserving of your attention and a visit, might we suggest that you check out Brunswick instead, we’re certain you won’t regret it. As for somewhere to stay in this lovely city, surely there’s only one option! Pentahotel Braunschweig is one of the top-rated hotels in the area on TripAdvisor. Book a stay now and find out why for yourself.