Braunschweig, Germany

Braunschweig, Germany Became Omaha’s Second Sister City.

The German American Society had established high school student exchanges between Omaha and Braunschweig in 1986 and wished to “formalize” the relationship. Braunschweig was officially established as a sister city in 1992.

Population

Braunschweig’s population is approximately 245,000 and is the second largest city in Lower Saxony.

Location

Braunschweig covers 192 square kilometers. The city lies on the northern edge of the Harz Mountains. There is a distinct old town, or inner city, which is nearly surrounded by the Oker River. Bridges cross the Oker at several sites to unite the Old Town’s traditional marketplaces, churches, and half-timbered buildings to the New Town section of the city. Braunschweig has been an important industrial area. Today it is known for its university and research institutes, mainly the Federal Agricultural Research Centre and the PTB, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the national institute of natural and engineering sciences and the highest technical authority for metrology and physical safety engineering of the Federal Republic of Germany.

History

Braunschweig is the historic seat of the House of Guelph in northern Germany. It was here, close to the seat of the Hanoverians, that the Guelph dynasty started their rise to power. First mentioned in a document in 1031, Braunschweig rose to become the Guelph dynasty’s capital in the twelfth century, as Henry the Lion expanded the town of Braunschweig into a city. Throughout the centuries, the House of Guelph shaped the city’s history, and – with one interruption – the Guelph Dukes had their residences there until the 20th century. The Guelphs were the most influential noble family in all of northern Germany. They patronised numerous innovations in commerce, culture and the sciences, thus helping Braunschweig and the surrounding lands to prosper.

Exchanges

Omaha and Braunschweig have many on-going exchanges with Omaha area high schools and with the Raabe School in Braunschweig, and also maintain an active and strong relationship between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Technische Universtät.

Top Businesses

ALBA Braunschweig GmbH
Recycling, waste management, raw materials
BBR – Baudis Bergmann Rösch Verkehrstechnik
Railway electronics
Braunschweiger Versorgungs
Electricity, water, gas
BZV Medienhaus GmbH
Newspaper, media and services
Braunschweigische Landessparkasse
Savings bank with 100+ branches
Braunschweigische Maschinenbauanstalt AG
Sugar, starch and processing
Bühler GmbH
Food processing
ckc ag
IT and business consulting
Essilor GmbH
Eyewear, lenses
Fürsten-Reform Dr. med. Hans Plümer Nachf
Honey and bee wax products

Did you know?

Braunschweig, well-known for Henry the Lion, is a city of 250,556 people, located in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located north of the Harz mountains at the farthest navigable point of the Oker River, which connects to the North Sea via the rivers Aller and Weser. As one of Germany’s most important industrial areas, it offers a perfect environment for international companies. According to statistics, it is Europe’s most active research and development region with over 27,000 people are employed in research and development and 7.1 percent of the gross domestic product is invested in research, which puts Braunschweig ahead of Silicon Valley.

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