A city that combines the traditional with the modern, Brunswick is blessed with a wealth of monuments from its rich history as well as modern architecture, a vibrant art and culture scene and sprawling parks.

Henry the Lion made Brunswick his ducal residence in the 12th century and transformed it into a trading power. The memory of this great Brunswick figure still lives on today at Dankwarderode Castle and the Romantic-style Cathedral of St. Blasius. The city later became a centre of imperial power and one of Europe's most important places. The House of Guelph continued to shape the development of the city until the 20th century, promoting architecture, science and the arts. This may be one reason why Brunswick has held the 'City of Science' title since 2007. Not that this stops it from also being known as a thriving shopping destination.

Braunschweig even has culture in spades: the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, for example, is the most prominent art museum in Lower Saxony. The outstanding collection of Old Masters is one of the most extensive in all of Germany. A visit to the Magni district is also a must. Timber-framed buildings, restaurants, rustic pubs, boutique shops and cosy cafés stand side by side here in one of Braunschweig's oldest districts. And on the Kirchplatz square, the tables and chairs of the restaurants are placed outside so that diners can enjoy the sun – if they aren't tempted away by the small but mighty farmers' market, that is.

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