How will the weather be in Germany during your visit?
German winters are cold, with temperatures often dropping below zero.
Please be prepared for rain or even for snow and remember to bring warm clothes with you.
Average Temperatures in December:
Average low 27° F (-3°C), average high 41° F (+5°C)
Braunschweig with its approximately 250,000 inhabitants is the biggest city in the area between Hanover and Berlin and the centre of the region Eastern Lower Saxony. As a modern large city with a long history of traditions the Lion City has a lot to offer: historical sights and authentic districts, post-modern architecture, top-class research and innovative companies, a lively cultural scene, a broad spectrum of sport and leisure activities as well as lavish parks and nature areas for recreational purposes.
Braunschweig’s history is closely linked with that of the Guelphs. The Guelph Duke, Henry the Lion, declared Braunschweig his residence in the 12th century and developed it into an important nationwide political, cultural and economical centre. In the year 1209 Braunschweig became the centre of Europe when it was named Emperor’s City ‘urbs regia’ under the German-Roman Guelph Emperor Otto IV., son of Henry the Lion. It turned into the setting of one of the most exciting episodes of the Middle Ages, the long lasting fight for the throne between the Staufers and the Guelphs.
It is mainly the impressive historical buildings that shape the town picture today and that remind us of the lively and over thousand-year long history of the Lion City. Besides Dankwarderode Castle, St. Blasii Cathedral and the picturesque half-timbered buildings around St. Magni Church, it is the Lion Statue, even today heraldic animal of the city, which demonstrates the rich history of Braunschweig. The group of buildings around Altstadtmarkt (old town market square) with the Gothic Altstadtrathaus (old town hall) as well as the Gewandhaus (old cloth hall) of the drapers still bear witness to the city’s heyday as a member of the Hanseatic League. The Braunschweiger Mumme, a light to strong alcoholic beer depending on the type of brewing, was an international medieval export hit no. 1 due to its long storage life. Even today, after more than 600 years, this traditional beverage is still being drunk in Braunschweig.
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