Since my brother and his wife moved to Braunschweig, we often meet up with the family there, as it is exactly halfway between my home and Berlin.
Unlike Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or Cologne, Braunschweig is normally not one of the cities on your bucket list when you visit Germany but it definitely has its charm like many other small towns. Braunschweig is a mix of old and modern. In addition to all the cool cafés, bars and restaurants, Braunschweig also has a lot to offer when it comes to culture. Such as the opera “Carmen”, which is currently being shown on the Burgplatz, and the changing events that take place during the “Kultur im Zelt” (Culture in a Tent).
The office of the store New Yorker is definitely an eye-catcher in Braunschweig. I have never seen such a colorful building.
Every time we visit, we try something new and I have to say that I have never been disappointed. I have clearly underestimated the variety Braunschweig has to offer in terms of restaurants and bars. Especially when you live in Berlin, you automatically think that other cities don’t have that much to offer. But it is definitely not true.
Cycling through the Prinzenpark in summer and then taking a boat trip across the Oker, which ends in the Okercabana beach bar, is an absolute must. On sunny days, the Soldekk is also suitable for a visit. Relaxing in the sun over the rooftops of Braunschweig is so worth it.
In the evening, there are many possibilities. In the Magniviertel, nice restaurants are lined up next to each other. We’ve already arranged to meet twice at the Magnifest. An event that takes place one weekend a year and to which everyone in Braunschweig appears. A mix of food and drink stands, souvenirs and three stages with different musical styles. The Magniviertel is the oldest district in Braunschweig and so you can still admire very old houses here.
Those who like it a bit fancier can stop at La Cupola, with a wonderful view over the roofs of the city. The Italian restaurant is located on the sixth floor of the House of Science and offers excellent food. Tip: The salmon is unique!
The Flamingo Rosso is nice and particularly stylish. I would like to steal the interior design completely. Black and white pictures of Carry and Mr. Big, Bratt Pitt and other celebrities adorn the walls of the restaurant, which is decorated in cognac tones. Later during the day, it even turns into a small club. Here, you can also enjoy a great view – the people of Braunschweig simply love their city from above! Here we celebrated the hen night of my sister-in-law.
The Turkish restaurant Tandure is a little further away from the city center, but definitely worth the trip. If you love to try many small starters and fresh bread with dips, this is the place for you. I have been told that the meat dishes are also very delicious.
Finally, I’ll tell you my absolute insider tip – a bar where you will have a lot of fun: the Irish Pub Wild Geese. On Fridays, there are always incredibly good live acts and on Saturday’s karaoke takes place here. The special thing about this bar is not the furniture or the drinks, but the people. You always get to know some of them. At least that’s what it was always like for me and my family. If you see a family singing or dancing on the tables – that could be us!
You should treat yourself with a burning B52 shot – Cheers!
To say Braunschweig is definitely worth a trip would maybe e over the top, but if you are nearby you should definitely take time to explore this city!