Mix the traditional with the modern in Braunschweig
Research hub between Hannover and Berlin
The largest city between Hanover and Berlin, the most research-intensive region in Europe and a pleasant urban centre with extensive parkland - Braunschweig is an ideal congress destination.
Braunschweig, with now a population of around a quarter of a million people, has grown over the centuries to become the largest city between Hanover and Berlin. The wide range of internationally acclaimed research institutes, universities and tech companies, excellent transport links and the high quality of life make Braunschweig a perfect choice for congresses and conferences. Add to that a varied cultural scene, buzzing city centre and short distances and every meeting professional's box is ticket.
Did you know?
Braunschweig was once known throughout the world for a very special brew: The malty Braunschweiger Mumme originated in the late Middle Ages and, as a provision for sailors, was subsequently shipped as far as to India and the Caribbean. With high levels of alcohol and sugar, it stayed fresh even in tropical climates and its nutritional value protected from scurvy. Today, there are many Mumme specialities to try in Braunschweig, including dishes and drinks containing the beverage.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Braunschweig lies on the Oker river in Lower Saxony, about 145 miles west of Berlin. The Airport Hopper provides convenient transport to and from the closest international airport in Hanover (approx. 37 miles). The city is connected to Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed rail network with numerous IC and ICE trains arriving each day. Berlin is a mere 1 hour 20 minutes’ train journey away, Hanover 30 minutes and Hamburg about two hours. There’s a well-developed public transport system and as a compact city, Braunschweig offers short distances which makes getting from the main meeting venues to hotels and restaurants extremely easy.
MICE Infrastructure Braunschweig has two main congress venues: Braunschweig Stadthalle provides a variety of spaces with the biggest being suitable for 2,300 people and 2,500 square metres of exhibition space. Volkswagen Hall features a 2,000 square metres arena for up to 6,000 delegates and also offers a number of conference rooms plus exhibition space. Both venues have been awarded with the Green Globe certification.
Of the more than 60 hotels with about 4,000 beds, there are a number who cater specifically for conferences such as Steigenberger Parkhotel, which not only features a variety of event and conference rooms but also the listed “Historical Machine Hall” that reminds of the former waterworks on whose premises the hotel was built and makes for an extraordinary event venue.
Similarly out of the ordinary is HILDE27, with cool industrial vibes in the renovated premises of a former factory, or the Gewandhauskeller, a historical vaulted cellar, which is ideal for evening dos. If you need pitch-perfect surroundings for events in the medical and healthcare sector, look no further than the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. For a sportive touch, there’s Eintracht-Stadion, the home stadium of local club Eintracht Braunschweig, with a business area for presentations, workshops or banquets, or try Alte Schmiede, an atmospheric venue for up to 200 people in a former blacksmith’s workshop.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
From insights into research to exploring Braunschweig’s historical side, the city offers a multitude of options for an inspiring and entertaining support programme: Take your delegates on a tour of the National Metrology Institute of Germany, the place where time is “made“, or visit the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research for some fascinating insights into the latest findings in this field.
Braunschweig itself, with a history going back to the 11th century, mixes the traditional with the modern, as exemplified by the Happy Rizzi House, designed by American artist James Rizzi, standing almost side by side to what is said to be the oldest timber-framed house in Germany. The city’s development is closely associated with the Guelph dynasty: In the 12th century, Henry the Lion made it his ducal residence, hence the moniker „lion city“, and Braunschweig became a Hanseatic city. Dankwarderode Castle and St. Blasius Cathedral are splendig reminders of this time.
You could book a raft ride and show your delegates the city from the perspective of the Oker river, climb up the 400 steps of St. Andreas Church for magnificent views across town, visit the beautiful baroque palace Richmond or discover more then 30 sights dating back to the Middle Ages on a dedicated route through Braunschweig.
Research hub in the middle of Germany
As a traditional hub for science and research, Braunschweig offers sector-specific expertise to enhance congresses and conferences: The city is a competence centre for technology and innovation, energy and the environment, medicine and health as well as transport and logistics. 27 research institutes and 250 high-tech companies, working in the fields of, among others, renewable resources, biotech, information and communications technology, optical technologies, microsystems technology, mobility or aerospace attest to that.