About Braunschweig


Braunschweig with its approximately 250.000 inhabitants is the biggest city in the area between Hanover and Berlin and the centre of the region Eastern Lower Saxony. As a modern large city with a long history of traditions the Lion City has a lot to offer: historical sights and authentic districts, post-modern architecture, top-class research and innovative companies, a lively cultural scene, a broad spectrum of sport and leisure activities as well as lavish parks and nature areas for recreational purposes. To have impressions, watch this video.


City of Clever Minds


Braunschweig has a great history of clever minds: Carl Friedrich Gauß, Agnes Pockel, Richard Dedekind and Heinrich Büssing have their roots here and are an important part of the image of this modern city of science. More than 15.000 people in over 250 companies in the high tech sector and in 27 research institutions live and work in Braunschweig and secure the future potential of the region. Amongst others there are the Helmholtz-Zentrum for the research of infectious diseases, the ‘Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt’ (German Centre for Aerospace), the second largest research airport in Europe and the world’s biggest chip development centre of the company INTEL. Over 16.000 students study at the Technical University, the technical colleges and the University of Art. According to the EU Eurostat office Braunschweig has the highest percentage of employees in research and development in the whole of Germany and is even the leading region in Europe in terms of expenditure as a share of GDP in those sectors (Eurostat, 2009). A creative environment, inter-disciplinary co-operation and networking between science and commerce are the matrix for outstanding innovations – and in Braunschweig the normal way of life. The Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany was also impressed by the amount of science and research in the Lion City and awarded Braunschweig the title of Germany’s ‘City of Science’ in the year 2007. This dialogue between sciences, economy, cultural institutions and the population, that was started then, now continues in the ‘Haus der Wissenschaft’ (House of Sciences). This co-operation between research institutions and commerce and their combined networking help to create synergies for new innovations.

Big cultural names like Louis Spohr, Wilhelm Raabe, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and Till Eulenspiegel have lived here and with them Braunschweig has developed into a lively cultural city. Braunschweig’s heart has always beaten for the arts: the Herzog Anton Ulrich – Museum was opened in 1754 and was the first public museum in Germany and one of the first in Europe. 100 years later the art and natural science departments were being separated and the Natural History Museum was founded. From October 2011 onwards wale skeletons are going to live in the museum when the special exhibition ‘Wonderful Wales’ is being shown for the first time in Germany after visiting France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Adapted from the website of Braunschweig at 10.02.2014


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