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Braunschweig

Braunschweig (pop 250.000) is located in the North of Germany 200 km west of Berlin and 200 km south of Hamburg. It is the biggest city in the area between Hannover and Berlin and the centre of the region, as much today as it has been in the past. Braunschweig's history is closely linked to Henry the Lion, Guelph Duke of the 12th century. His lion, in the form of a bronze statue is still the heraldic sign of the city. The lively thousand year old history of the Lion City can be seen in the picturesque half-timbered buildings that are particularly well preserved.

Research is right at home in Braunschweig. According to a recent EU study, Braunschweig is the most research intensive region in Europe, boasting the highest density of scientists. Over 16,000 students study at the Technische Universit├Ąt Braunschweig, the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) and the University of Art (Kunsthochschule, HBK). Braunschweig is home of 27 research institutions and 250 companies in the high-tech sector. The Braunschweig Region has by far the highest R&D intensity in the whole of the European economic area. 7.1 % of Braunschweig's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is dedicated to this area.


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Link to Online-City-Map of Braunschweig

How to access Braunschweig

By plane:

  • The nearest airport is Hannover Airport HAJ, located 70 km in the west of Braunschweig. Suburban train S5 connects the airport with Hannover's main railway station, from where trains to Braunschweig depart every hour.

http://www.hannover-airport.de/index.php?id=fluginfo_index&L=1

  • Frankfurt Airport FRA is the main airport in Germany for direct flights from overseas. which lies 340 km in the southwest of Braunschweig. A trip of about 3 hours by train with a change of train at Frankfurt central station has to be included.

http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en.html

  • Berlin Tegel Airport TXL lies 226 km east of Braunschweig. The Airport has no direct link to the S- or U-Bahn, the fastest way to get to the city centre/S-Bahn and U-Bahn network is either by TXL Express Bus or by the Express Bus X9. Both stop right outside the terminal and depart roughly every 5-10 minutes. From Berlin Central Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) there are fast ICE-connections to Braunschweig (80-90 minutes) at least every hour.

http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-txl/index.php

 

By train:

Braunschweig is located on the main ICE (Inter City Express) line Berlin–Frankfurt/Main. For timetables, tickets and information please visit German Railway website:

http://www.bahn.de/i/view/DEU/en/index.shtml


By car:

Braunschweig is served by motorways A2/E30 Berlin to Ruhr district with connection to the A7 leading to Hamburg and A7/E4 towards Frankfurt/Main.

General information

Electricity:

230 V, plugs with two round pins

Credit Cards:

Credit cards are not as widely accepted as in other European Countries or the US. But it should be no problem to pay with credit card in large supermarkets, restaurants or hotels.

Smoking is not allowed in public places (restaurants, caf├ęs, train stations). In restaurants there are sometimes special smoking rooms, on train platforms there are smoking areas.

Tap Water has a good quality. It is controlled very strictly and can be freely used for consumption. Exceptions have to be labeled ("Kein Trinkwasser", no drinking water), usually found on fountains and in trains.

Emergency Number: 112 (Ambulance); 110 (Police)

Opening Hours:

  • Supermarkets: 7 or 8 am – 8 pm (some are open until 10 or even 12 pm); closed on Sunday

  • Shopping Center (Schloss Arkaden): 9.30 am – 8 pm; closed on Sunday

  • Department Stores: 9 or 10 am – 8 pm; closed on Sunday

  • Petrol Stations: larger ones 24/7

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