Dom St Blasii
This former castle of Heinrich der Löwe is now a museum housing a glittering medieval collection, including golden sculptures of arms,...
This museum has lots of engaging exhibits that speak for themselves, starting with a large Foucault pendulum illustrating the principle...
Braunschweig’s former marketplace is an appealing square with the step-gabled Renaissance Gewandhaus (built 1303; facade redesigned...
This popular evergreen with a capacity of 4000 features four separate dance spaces, 10 bars including a huge cocktail bar, and several...
This ‘Mother Hubbard’ dishes up filling portions of schnitzels, potatoes, steaks, spare ribs and the occasional Balkan dish in the dimly...
Lonely Planet review
The tomb of Heinrich der Löwe, the powerful duke who made Braunschweig his capital in the 12th century, can be found lying alongside his wife Mathilde in the crypt of Dom St Blasii. The Nazis decided to co-opt his image and in 1935 exhumed his tomb to conduct an ‘archaeological investigation’. Even Hitler paid a visit. However, the corpse found inside had one leg shorter than the other (it’s known that Heinrich suffered a terrible horse-riding accident late in life) and dark hair, and the master-race propagandists went very quiet on the subject after that. There were also questions about the body’s gender and some doubt as to whether it’s really Heinrich in the sarcophagus.