The second-largest city in Lower Saxony, Brunswick is bursting with recreation opportunities for all ages and interests: from historic sights and sporting activities to cultural events such as theater and art exhibitions. Half-timbered houses throughout downtown hint at the age of the city, which has been a center of trade since the reign of Henry the Lion. Roam around the historic district and see the Town Hall, Old Town Square and surrounding museums on the history of this city that was founded in the ninth century. Steigenberger Hotel Braunschweig is an ideal home base if you plan to attend concerts or sporting events at the Volkswagen Halle sporting arena. Relax in the lush greenery at the conveniently close Bürgerpark and Löwenwall parks, or explore the nearby Harz Mountains on an extended hike.