Wolfenbüttel Travel Guide

  • The city of Wolfenbuettel
    The city of Wolfenbuettel
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  • Wolfenbuettel Castle (Schloss Wolfenbuettel)
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Wolfenbüttel Things to Do

  • St. Petrus

    The Neoromanesque church from 1891 is the main Catholic church in Wolfenbuettel. It was the first Catholic church in Wolfenbuettel built after the reformation. Catholic church services took only place in private places during the 300 years before as the number of Catholics was very limited.Inside, everything is kept in a neoromanesque style, from...

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  • Half-Timbered Buildings

    Wolfenbuettel has a high concentration of half-timbered buildings. This is unusual for this part of Germany as many cities of this size and larger have been severely damaged during WWII. It seems that Wolfenbuettel's liquor distillery was not an important target for the allies.Most buildings can be found in the pedestrian zone along Lange...

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  • Arsenal, Library and Lessing

    The Baroque pink building was once the Arsenal (Zeughaus) of the city and now houses a part of the city library's collection. The other parts are located in the Herzog August library.The Ducal family has been known for patronizing art, especially literature. Lessing wrote some of his major works in the city. His former house (Lessinghaus) is part...

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  • St.-Trinitatiskirche (Trinitatis Church)

    The spot where St. Trinitatis stands today was the place of a city gate. This became redundant in 1648 and was used as a chapel by the military. Between 1692 and 1700, a new church was built on the spot using some of the stone structures of the former gate together with wood. Unfortunately, the church burnt down in 1705. Reconstruction started...

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  • Marienkirche (BMV)

    After the Dukes of Braunschweig moved their residence to Wolfenbuettel, the settlement grew into the city. The Ducal family decided that Wolfenbuettel needed a representative church and decided to build the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Beatae Mariae Virginis in Latin. The church is locally know by its German name “Marienkirche” or the...

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  • Schloss Wolfenbuettel (Castle)

    Wolfenbuettel's main sight is the castle which has been seat to the Dukes of Brunswick for centuries. It can be traced back to 1238 when a fortress was built in this settlement which evolved into a castle. After becoming tired of conflict with Brunswick citizens, the Dukes made Wolfenbuettel its residence. The castle was a real bric-a-brac of...

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  • Schloss - The Ducal Palace

    The Dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, a line of the house of the Guelphs, had their residence in Wolfenbüttel from 1432-1754. The town was extended in several steps and fortified. In the late 16th century the medieval castle was substituted by the present water palace in renaissance style. After damages in the mid-16th century wars the old castle...

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  • Wolfenbüttel's "Little Venice"

    In the Western part of the old town, not far from the palace, small streams run through the old town. Am on locals, this area is known as "Klein-Venedig", "Little Venice". It is little indeed, but there are some really romantic spots. To find the best view, start from the northern end of market square and Krambuden and walk along either Kleiner...

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  • "Kleines Schloss" - "Little Palace"

    The so-called "Little Palace" was erected next to the Ducal palace as residence of the crown prince in 1643. From 1686 to 1715 it hosted the Ritterakademie, an academy for young peers who received their higher education here. Renovations and changes occurred during the 18th century. Only one of originally two wings is preserved.

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  • Seeliger Bank, Oldest Stone House In...

    The renaissance house was erected and inhabitzed by the court architect Philipp Müller in 1586-1588. It is the oldest stone house in town. From 1646 it hosted the Ducal pharmacy but was sold to a private owner a few years later. Nowadays it is used by a local private bank, Bankhaus C. L. Seeliger. Location: Lange Herzogstraße 63, north of...

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  • The Wolf Statue

    The origins of the name "Wolfenbüttel" most probably don't refer to the animal but to the name of the (legendary) founder of the town. Anyway, since the wolf appears in the town's name, a wolf statue has recently been put up in Schlossplatz. Location: Schlossplatz, corner Schulwall/Krambuden, in front of Hertie department store.

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  • Rathaus - The Town Hall

    The town hall is a half-timbered house in the same style as the wealthy citizens' houses, the only difference is its extension along one and a half sides of the market square. The building has been extended in several steps. It all started with a late 16th century house which the magistrate purchased in 1602. In the run of the century further wings...

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  • Stadtmarkt - Market Square

    Wolfenbüttel's market square, the Stadtmarkt, is the prettiest square in town. While the half-timbered town hall covers almost the whole western side of the square, the other sides are surrounded by pretty old houses of wealthy citizens.Twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday, the farmers' market takes place here. Stadtmarkt is also the location...

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  • Zeughaus - Arsenal

    The huge Zeughaus once served as storage for the arms of the ducal military. The rrenaissance building was begun in 1613, probably planned by court architect Paul Francke who also planned the church Beatae Mariae Virginis. The inscriptio.n above the portal on the western side contains the date 1619 (photo 3). Nowadays it is used by...

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  • Lessing House

    The so-called Lessinghaus was built in 1735 as living quarters of the librarian at Duke-August-Library. The most famous inhabitant was the author and playwright Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, who lived and worked here from 1777 to his death in 1781. Lessing wrote some of his most important works in Wolfenbüttel. The yellow house was built in the shape...

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  • Herzog-August-Bibliothek

    The library was founded by Duke August the Younger in 1643/44 and owned already 35,000 volumes at his death in 1666. His successors enlarged it further. A first library building was erected by court architect Hermann Korb in the early 18th century, which was substituted by the present building in 1882-1886. The library owns manuscripts and books...

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  • Trinitatiskirche - Church of the Holy...

    A first church in this location was finished in 1700 but burnt down five years later. Court architects Johann Balthasar Lauterbach and Hermann Korb planned the new protestant parish church for the southern and eastern suburbs of the town, which was erected in 1716-1722. The baroque facade towards Holzmarkt square is framed by two strange short...

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  • Church of Beatae Mariae Virginis

    The main church of the town is Beatae Mariae Virginis, St Mary the Blessed Virgin, usually abbreviated B. M. V. The huge building dominates the wide market street of Kornmarkt and Reichsstraße. The church was begun in 1608 and could be finsished just before the 30 year war affected the region in the 1620s. Some repairs and changes were done in the...

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  • Explore The Old Town

    Wolfenbüttel's old town is worth a stroll. Take your time. It's hard to tell where to begin. The streets of the whole town centre have preserved their nostalgic ambience with their half-timbered houses. Explore the narrow streets, and don't forget your camera.This is what old Braunschweig also looked like, until the air raids of World War II...

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  • Lessing Haus

    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is one of Germany's most famous authors and this house (the yellow hous in the library picture in the previous tip) is where he lived when he worked as the palace librarian in the mid 18th century. "Nathan der Weise" is perhaps Lessing's most famous work and today, the house is a museum dedicated to everything written...

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  • Herzog August Library

    In the palace, Duke Julius in 1572 decided to found a library but it was not until the complete bibliophile Duke August the Peacemaker (rather with his nose in books than around wars I presume) took over in the mid 17th century that the library became really famous. It then held the largest collection of books in Europe and some people called it...

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Wolfenbüttel Restaurants

  • THE Italian Restaurant in Wolfenbuettel

    Large Italian restaurant with focus on pizza, pasta and tarte flambée. Vegetable, meat and fish dishes are only available on the day menu which has something different every day. Good choice of wines. Inside and outside, you will find small olive trees. The place seems to be popular to have a coffee or a glass of wine only as well. The place...

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  • Asian food German style... and beer!!

    This is a nice restaurant and pub in a great position in the Stadtmarkt. You can enjoy a beer outside in summer and order from the cheaper outdoor menu or dine in the restaurant upstairs. The Asian food has a distinct German feel about it... you will probably recieve a side of cabbage flavoured with weak curry which is pretty typical of wherever...

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Wolfenbüttel Transportation

  • From/To Wolfenbuettel by train

    Wolfenbuettel is located off larger railway lines and is usually only served four times and hour. All of these trains are regional ones and can therefore be used with regional special offer tickets (like Niedersachsen- or Quer Durchs Land - tickets). The most vital link is the one to Braunschweig (two trains per hour) where you will find...

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  • Bus 420 from Braunschweig

    The easiest way to get to Wolfenbüttel from Braunschweig is the bus 420. The line begins at Braunschweig Rathaus (city hall) in the centre of the city and runs via Braunschweig train station and Richmond Palace along the highway to Wolfenbüttel centre and train station. For Wolfenbüttel's old town, get off at "Kornmarkt" and you'll be in front of...

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Wolfenbüttel Shopping

  • Shopping In Romantic Old-Town Ambience

    Lange Herzogstraße is Wolfenbüttel's pedestrian mall. The straight street leads through the whole length of the old town. The half-timbered houses contain all kinds of small shops, cafes etc. The chains have arrived, but many of the shops are still run by local owners, so they are not 'the same stuff you find everywhere' but have their...

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  • Shopping in Wolfy

    This is the main shopping precinct in Wolfenbuettel and it is lined with beautiful, historical half-timbered housing. If you look closely at the buildings (once merchant houses) you can see the hatches through which goods in former times were hoisted up to the attics for storage.You can find smaller shops and quaint cafes along this stretch as...

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Wolfenbüttel Off The Beaten Path

  • Neue Kanzlei - New Ducal Registry

    The "new" Ducal registry office substituted the former seat in Schlossplatz in the late 16th century. An existing house was enlarged and redesigned for the administration of the Duchy by Hans Vredeman der Vries in 1587-1588. The facade underwent some minor changes in the 19th century. Location: Kanzleistraße, which was named after this building

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  • Herzogtor - Guard-Houses At Town Gate

    In the early 19th century the town's fortifications were pulled down and turned into promenades and parks. The former gates were substituted by guard-houses in classicist style. At the former Herzogtor ("Ducal Gate") along the road towards Braunschweig, the pair of guard-houses has been preserved. They were planned by Peter Joseph Krahe,...

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  • Laguna Beach

    South Sea flair on a white sandy beach... Wolfenbüttel can fulfil this dream, at least in summer. A part of the park along the former town moat has been transformed into "Laguna Beach". The lagoon is actually a duck pond in a plain normal German park, the white sand on the beach has been transported here by trucks, but who cares. In other...

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Wolfenbüttel Favorites

  • Public Toilets

    Public toilets can be found:1. off Schlossplatz in Schulwall, opposite of Hertie department store, in the half-timbered house on the left in photo 1; photo 2 shows the entrance.Free of charge, and less dirty than I expected.Open Mon-Fri 9.00-18.30, Sat 9.00-17.30, Sun 9.00-17.00. 2. in the wooden hut in Kornmarkt, photo 3 Free of charge. Opening...

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  • Residence of Dukes of...

    The Dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, a line of the house of the Guelphs, got in trouble with their traditional residential city of Braunschweig in the late middle ages. Braunschweig, strove for independence and succeeded in kicking the Dukes out, although it never gained the desired status of an imperial city. Wolfenbüttel became the new ducal...

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