The view from Germany

Brunswick - remember the name

January 19, 2013
By Uli Hesse
There are some German cities that either have their own name in English - Munich and Cologne come to mind - or where the English spelling varies from the German one - think Hanover. (Spelt Hannover in German.)

It's often said that this is the case because of the umlaut problem, as both München (Munich) and Köln (Cologne) have an umlaut. However, it's much more likely that the English name goes back to the original place name and then wasn't subjected to the linguistic changes that happened ...

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