Lower Saxony & Bremen

This chronologically ordered museum features engaging exhibits, starting with a large Foucault pendulum illustrating the principle of the earth’s rotation, leading to artefacts narrating Germany’s past, including eclectic objects like the strands of hair allegedly belonging to Duke Heinrich der Löwe and his wife Mathilde. They are in cases of silver, gold and marble, specially constructed in 1935 as part of Hitler’s propaganda offensive to present Heinrich's many conquests as a predecessor to his own Lebensraum policy.

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1. Braunschweiger Löwe

0.03 MILES

The Brunswick lion statue is based on the original lion Duke Heinrich der Löwe (Henry the Lion) ordered to be made in 1166 as a symbol of his power and…

2. Dom St Blasii

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The tomb of Heinrich der Löwe, the powerful duke who made Braunschweig his capital in the 12th century, lies alongside that of his wife Mathilde in the…

3. Burg Dankwarderode

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This former castle of Duke Heinrich der Löwe now has a large ground-floor room housing the medieval collection of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum. Objects…

4. Schlossmuseum


An impressive reconstruction using original elements of Braunschweig's Ducal Palace, which was badly damaged in WWII and demolished in 1960. Its palace…

5. Altstadtmarkt

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The Altstadtmarkt is an appealing square in the western part of the Altstadt. Look for the step-gabled Renaissance Gewandhaus (built 1303, though the…

6. Magniviertel

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This little area is known for its handsome, half-timbered houses, especially in the streets just around the St Magni church. With a variety of shops,…

7. Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum

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One of Europe's oldest museums, the Anton Ulrich has a world-class art collection, with about 1400 paintings, several hundred bronze and stone sculptures,…

8. Städtisches Museum

0.44 MILES

Braunschweig's municipal museum is set in a beautiful 1906 building and holds a large and varied collection, with medieval religious art; arts and crafts…