Wernigerode Town Hall must belong to the most beautiful in the world. The first records of it is from 1277 and still today, you can see the medieval touches although it was restored in 1544 :) The counts of Wernigerode used the hall both as court and as banqueting hall. Don't miss to get close to it and see its fantastic details such as the intricately carved woodwork in white just along the roof, or the many medieval workmen in wood. A truly remarkable building.
In a typical German sense of realism, it also has engraved on it "Im selben Jahr – da dieses Haus erneut – ist auch noch wahr – der Spruch aus alter Zeit: Einer acht’s - der andere betracht’s – der dritte verlacht’s – was macht’s?" which I found amusing. Taken from the official Wernigerode site, the English translation runs "The saying from former times was still true – in the year this house was refurbished: One man respects it, another looks at it, a third laughs at it – that is just the way things are."
This town centre church must be the simplest church I have ever seen as far as decorations go. This is of course partly because GDR paid no attention to churches so what needed repairs have just been taken down. But there are still some interesting things inside, such as one of Germany's oldest oak cupboards and especially the 15th century altarpiece from Brussels. The church itself is at least from the early 13th century, but rebuilt in late 19th century to look like it does today.
Wernigerode is the northern terminus of the steam train narrow guage railway and it is such a treat. There are frequent services in both summer and winter and I highly reccommend the trip either all the way up to Mt Brocken (the highest summit in the Harz) or to one of the stations situated on the perimeter of the Hocharz national park which is a great place to do some walking.
I had such a great time and was completely captivated with the scenery both times I have been on the train, once in summer and once in winter. I went about halfway up Mt Brocken to a station called Drei Annen Hohne and it only cost 6 Euro for the round trip which is a total bargain in my humble opinion. It was about 30 minutes each way to Drei Annen Hohne and probably about an hour each way from Wernigerode to Brocken.
This photo shows a building in Wernigerrode,East Harz Mountain.It's an really nice town!You can go from Bockenem for a daytrip!I meet VIRGIL(DESERT RAT) and his wife MYRA (PINETREE) there!We had an phantastic afternoon!
You can see us on the left side of the Photo!(Just a reflection)
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If you need many more information please take a look on DESERT RAT's Page!!I think you can find some other informations there,too!
When you stay here take a trip to the Brocken(highest Mountain of the Harz Mountains).You can hike,or you drive with the Railway from Wernigerrode:It will cost 60 DM each Person. It's a little bit expansive.
This Photo shows the train on the Brocken!