Town of contrasts
Special features of this town spreading over 224 square kilometres, with 31 townships and 100.000 inhabitants, are the chance to live in natural surroundings, the leisure centre Lake Salzgitter, the mixed woodlands on the Lichtenberge hillsides and Salzgitter-Bad, a spa with official status, with one of the most powerful natural thermal saline springs in all of Germany.
Culture is written large in Salzgitter. Urban life is enriched by historical buildings, art in public areas, its special landmark, the Monument to the Town's History, public fêtes and open-air events. There are countless ways to enjoy leisure. Salzgitter offers a programme that is full of contrasts.
People don't disappear anonymously in this spread-out town. Everywhere there's a feeling that it's fun to live here - no matter whether it's in the urban centres of Lebenstedt, Bad, Thiede und Gebhardshagen or in one of the 27 villages. The people here are open-minded, as is shown by worldwide economic contacts, five twin towns in Europe and fellow citizens from abroad.
Maximum quality of life
Salzgitter-Bad, which has state recognition as a saline spa, is attractively situated in the northern foothills of the Harz Mountains. Life has always been influenced by the precious mineral which gave the town its name. Around 1900 'Bad' became popular with holidaymakers. Guests came from every corner of Germany for recreation in the woods and hills, but above all so their health could benefit from the natural thermal saline springs.
The old town centre, with its nooks and crannies, has its own flair. Such buildings as the Vöppenstedt ruins or the citadel church St. Mary Jacob afford glimpses of its history. Central to everything is the conservation area with the Tilly House, Kniestedt Manor, the Garssenhof as part of the Ratskeller Hotel and the Rosengarten.
Opportunities for outdoor recreation are provided by the Lichtenberge chain of hills with 150 kilometres of paths for ramblers. There are also 120 kilometres of bicycle tracks. Every sort of sporting leisure activity is catered for: riding, tennis, gliding, golf. There are fitness studios, open-air and indoor swimming pools. Over 100 clubs and excellent facilities offer a basis for many types of sport at both popular and professional levels, with national and international successes - for instance trampoline gymnastics: Henrik Stehlik became men's solo champion in 2004 and won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens.
And Salzgitter is hospitable. Its hotels and its gastronomy can fulfil all wishes. In almost all parts of the town there are hotels, boarding houses and holiday homes to suit every purse and taste. The spick and span restaurants are known and loved. And the guest who want a change from eating in his holiday quarters is spoilt for choice when faced with culinary temptations ranging from typical German to international menus.
It's fun to go shopping here. Besides the old town centre of Salzgitter-Bad, it is above all Lebenstedt's town centre, once a model for Germany and now thoroughly modernized, this invites Salzgitter has something for all tastes. Whatever the customer wants can be found in the many department stores and speciality shops. When you need a break you can drop into a café or relax on a bench and enjoy a chat. Shopping in Salzgitter offers good value and there are no parking problems.