It is easy to fall in love with the Lion City. After a stroll through the historic city centre with family-run shops, well-known chain stores and a lively gastronomic scene, through the narrow streets lined with ancient half-timbered buildings in the Magniviertel and across the lively squares such as the Kohlmarkt or the Altstadtmarkt, you quickly succumb to the urban charm of the city. With a broad range of cultural offers, numerus green areas for leisure and recreation as well as an interesting environment with internationally active companies and research institutions, the urbanite heart is fully catered for. Braunschweig thereby offers the best prerequisites for a high quality of life and a perfect work-life balance – for many, the best choice for living and working.
Through the compact shape of the Lion City with its historic city centre, around which the Oker, with its idyllic green belt, flows almost as a circle, you will quickly find your way around. Beyond the Oker moat waterways, once part of the city fortifications, lie the districts, which in turn are linked via the „Ring“ as a transportation artery. The daily routes can be travelled on foot or by bicycle – whether they are to kindergarten, school, university, work or sport, going shopping, to the park or simply for pleasure. Through its transport planning, the city council promotes modern mobility concepts which flexibly combine all forms of movement.
A stroll through Braunschweig’s city centre offers not only first-class shopping but also a special flair, with historic squares, diversified architecture and culinary specialities. The extensive pedestrian zone offers a colourful mixture of long-established speciality shops, international chain stores and trendy in-stores. Again and again, the shopping excursion leads you through Braunschweig’s history-steeped squares: the Burgplatz, with the Lion and the Dom, the Kohlmarkt, lined with numerous cafés, and the Altstadtmarkt, the Old Town Market from the 12th century, which provides a unique setting for the traditional weekly market with fresh produce from regional farms.
What is it like living here? In the well-preserved old residential buildings, you can find individual rental flats as well as renovated owner-occupied flats with balconies and views of the park or even exclusive villas on the banks of the Oker with private landing stages – close to the city centre and nonetheless green. For those wishing to build their own homes, new building plots are constantly being developed. Braunschweig also showcases examples of the “new urban life”, such as in the federal pilot project St. Leonhards Garten, an urban district in which terraced townhouses stand in perfect harmony alongside multi-storeyed urban villas, providing a role model from the principle of short distances through to the energy-saving concept.
Information concerning the city and its history, the districts, economy and science as well as all aspects of daily life can be found at: www.braunschweig.de. In the blog “Leben in der Löwenstadt” (Living in the Lion City), the authors recite entertaining stories, interesting facts and endearing anecdotes about and from Braunschweig.