20 Facts About Braunschweig


Braunschweig or Brunswick is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, north of the Harz Mountains at the farthest navigable point of the river Oker, which connects it to the North Sea via the rivers Aller and Weser.

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Braunschweig turned Dankwarderode Castle, the residence of the counts of Brunswick, into his own Pfalz and developed the city further to represent his authority.

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Braunschweig's absolutist governing style had previously alienated the nobility and bourgeoisie, while the lower classes were disaffected by the bad economic situation.

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In Braunschweig, Nazis carried out several attacks on political enemies, with the acquiescence of the state government.

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Politically, after the war, the Free State of Brunswick was dissolved by the Allied occupying authorities, Braunschweig ceased to be a capital, and most of its lands were incorporated in the newly formed state of Lower Saxony.

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Today, Braunschweig is among the twenty German cities found to be most attractive to young people between the ages of 25 and 34, leading to an influx of younger residents.

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Parks and gardens in the city include the botanical garden Botanischer Garten der Technischen Universitat Braunschweig, founded in 1840 by Johann Heinrich Blasius, the Burgerpark, the Lowenwall with an obelisk from 1825, the Prinz-Albrecht-Park, and the Inselwallpark.

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Current mayor of Braunschweig is Thorsten Kornblum of the Social Democratic Party since 2021.

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Ironically, the city of Braunschweig was not ruled by the Hanoverians while its name was being given to other Brunswicks around the world.

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The city of Braunschweig went to the senior branch of the house, the Wolfenbuttel line, while Luneburg eventually ended up with the Hanover line.

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The PTB Braunschweig maintains the atomic clock responsible for the DCF77 time signal and the official German time.

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Also located in Braunschweig is the Martino-Katharineum, a secondary school founded in 1415.

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Braunschweig was one of the centres of the industrialization in Northern Germany.

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Braunschweig is the home of two piano companies, both known worldwide for the high quality of their instruments: Schimmel and Grotrian-Steinweg.

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Braunschweig is famous for Till Eulenspiegel, a medieval jester who played many practical jokes on its citizens.

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Frequent exhibitions of contemporary art are held by the Art Society of Braunschweig, housed in the Villa Salve Hospes, a classicist villa built between 1805 and 1808.

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Eintracht Braunschweig won the German football championship in 1967, and currently plays in the 2.

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Braunschweig was arguably the city in which the first ever game of football in Germany took place.

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City's professional basketball team, the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig, plays in the Basketball Bundesliga, the highest level in Germany.

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Annual sporting events held in Braunschweig include the international equestrian tournament Lowen Classics, Rund um den Elm, Germany's oldest road bicycle race, and the professional tennis tournament Sparkassen Open.

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