Salzgitter is the third largest industrial centre in Lower Saxony and is primarily known for its business enterprises. But the city in the northern foothills of the Harz mountains offers a surprising number of recreational, sport and cultural opportunities, unique green spaces and a multitude of festivals. Each of the 31 districts has something different to offer: for example, Salzgitter-Bad is characterised by the Old Town with its half-timbered buildings, Lebenstedt contains the central pedestrian precinct and Salzgittersee lake. Gebhardshagen boasts a historical centre on the moated castle and a large leisure area around the outdoor forest pool. In the ‘canal village’ of Bleckenstedt the Stichkanal and a quaint village café take centre stage.
Although the city was only formed in 1942, most of the districts have a long and eventful individual history. This can be explored, for example, in the Salder House Museum, the Steterburg abbey church or in the ruins of Lichtenberg castle.