Wernigerode Travel Guide

  • the smallest house
    the smallest house
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    City Centre
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    The South Tower
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Wernigerode Things to Do

  • Harz museum

    If you want to get an overview of the history of Wernigerde and/or the nature around the town including the Harz mountains then go and visit this museum. It is located a few steps behind the town hall, next door to the hotel where I stayed in a townhouse from 1821. After thorough renovation it was reopened in 2001.The permanent exhibit is clearly...

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  • Visiting Ritterburg

    The famous castle on the hill was built in 1862-1883 at the site of an old knights' castle and is still called Knights' Castle.You can see it practically from every corner of the city.The castle houses a lot of exhibitions now and is visited by lots of travelers not only from Germany, but also from many other countries.There is a very nice view of...

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  • Castle - the garden(s)

    There are actually two gardens that belong(ed) to the castle: One, called 'Lustgarten' and located at the foot of the castle hill close to the town, was created in the 16th century, then re-designed as a formal Baroque garden in the early 18th century but in 1752 it was re-designed in English style (financial reasons). The two remaining buildings...

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  • Castle - the chapel

    One of the more intriguing rooms in the castle was the chapel. You see it twice - once right upon starting the tour on the ground floor, the other time during the second floor tour - this time you walk along the balconies and have a good view from above.The chapel was consecrated in 1880, built during the reconstruction in neo-styles. It is done in...

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  • The castle

    The castle is located on a hill above Wernigerode, visible from almost any place in town and first thing you see when approaching the town by car or train. It is *the* landmark and top sight of Wernigerode. Sort of the 'Neuschwanstein' of the Harz mountains :-)A castle at this place was first mentioned in the 12th century. Except for some cellars...

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  • Breite Strasse

    The pedestrian zone (since end of the 1970s) in Wernigerode stretches from the Market square to the west, east and north. The main shopping street and the one where the most beautiful townhouses are located is the Breite Strasse that leads east from Market square.A few steps from the Market square you'll see Cafe Wien with its very beautiful...

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  • Smallest House

    The smallest house of Wernigerode, a timber-framed (what else) house from the 18th century, is in the area east of Oberpfarrkirchhof, where Marktstrasse and Kochstrasse form a very beautiful ensemble. The width of the house is only 2.95 m, the largest room has only 10 square meters. The last person who lived there died in 1976. Since then the house...

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  • Oberpfarrkirchhof/Klint

    The square where St. Sylvester church is located is one of the oldest settlement places in Wernigerode. And it is one of the most picturesque spots in the town. The timber-framed houses that go back to the 16th to 19th centuries are well preserved.One of the most beautiful houses in Wernigerode is Haus Gadenstedt, Oberpfarrkirchhof 13, from 1582....

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  • St. Sylvester church

    St. Sylvester is the main parish church of Wernigerode. It was first mentioned in 1230. Shortly afterwards it was rebuilt as a burial place for the counts of Wernigerode in the shape of a Gothic basilica. Not really much of that church is preserved. From 1881 to 1886 it was reconstructed in neo-gothic style (which *looks* medieval,...

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  • Town Hall

    The town hall is *the* landmark of Wernigerode's old town. It must be one of the most beautiful timber-framed buildings/town halls in Germany. The first structure on this ground was mentioned 1277, the present building dates back mostly to the construction works between 1480 and 1544. Architects were Thomas Sprengel, Thomas Hilleborch and his son...

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  • Markt - Central Square

    Like in many German cities, Markt is the central square attracting all the visitors of the city due to its splendid medieval architecture and sites.First of all it's the medieval City Hall, the fountains, stores, cafes.Owing to its medieval architecture, the city attracted lots of newly-weds from all over Germany.It was/is called Newly-Weds City.

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  • Nationalpark Hochharz and Brocken

    Hochharz means "High Harz" and therefore includes some real peaks in this mountain range. It is the national park on the former GDR side (the western national park is just known as Naturpark Harz) and therefore, I have yet to set foot in it but I have seen it from the west many times even though it was never a national park in them days (too many...

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  • Wernigerode Castle

    Not as old as it looks but nevertheless on an impressive site, high above town. There has been a castle here since the 13th century when the German nobility needed a resting place whilst hunting. However, despite fortifications, it was heavily destroyed in the Thirty Years' War (oups...did we do that?) and had to be rebuilt in late 17th century...

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  • Gadenstedtsches Haus

    Again, one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen. Named after the 1582 owning family, this house with its Renaissance bay window is fantastic. A very particular half-timbering has been used and that includes "thresholds" around the windows.

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  • Leaning House of Wernigerode

    You know how things sometimes end up at all sorts of odd angles in your photos? Well this time it's for real. The Schiefes House looks like this! There was a mill here since 1356 but in 1680, the house was changed. At that time, they bult it on top of the old mill stream which meant that soon the house began to lean until it finally ended up on the...

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  • Town Hall

    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...

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  • St Sylvestri Church

    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...

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  • Brocken Bahn

    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...

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Wernigerode Hotels

Wernigerode Restaurants

  • A touch of class

    Quality food given with a quality service. Dignified atmosphere, a place to enjoy food. Try to get a seat looking out on the Markplatz. The main meals ooze quality. I had the leg of rabbit in a mustard and tarragon sauce with bread dumplings and red cabbage - excellent, and not as hard on the pocket as one might imagine. The dessert of Zucchini...

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  • Can't miss the train!

    In the summer months you can dine outside. Every now and again, you will here the ringing of bells to sound the arrival of the steam train from the Harzschmalspurbahnen passing by literally within a few yards of where you are having lunch or dinner. A truly amazing sight! Wide variety of very good meals on offer.

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  • Cafe and Restaurant "Schlossterrassen"

    Before entering the castle we decided to rest a bit and since we were thirsty we decided to pay a visit to the cafe and restaurant Schlossterrassen. The location is perfect - close to the entrance of the castle and with a terrace and wintergarden that offer views of the Harz mountains, even as far as the Brocken mountain (if the weather...

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Wernigerode Transportation

  • Car

    Getting to Wernigerode is easy - whether by train or car. However, with three adults travelling and a lot of luggage as usual (my fault, I know), car was most convenient and least expensive. So I thought.The first one was true - most convenient is right. Also, it gave us the flexibility to stop in Aschersleben on the way to and in Blankenburg on...

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  • Bimmelbahn

    The get from the town up to the castle you have several options: Most strenuous and cheapest is to walk. It's not a big deal, doable for almost anyone.As the weather was not co-operating, cloudy and chilly, we decided to take on of the mini trains called "Bimmelbahn" that runs frequently and takes you up (and down) in no time. They start behind the...

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  • By train

    You have to change at Magdeburg to get here by train so it is not the easiest but perfectly do-able.

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Wernigerode Shopping

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    by german_eagle Written May 17, 2010

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    What to buy: When in the Harz mountains you'll come across witches. Not that type that actually breathes (though some of that sort do exist, LOL) but those that are made as souvenirs and sold all over the area. They come in all sizes and types. Funny witches, with grins on their faces or grumpy looking. With dark, old and dirty looking clothes or elegant, nicely dressed and such.

    Of course my mother was on a mission to buy a witch. She was jealous I already had one from the trip to Schierke :-)

    So she went ahead and bought one. After comparing prices she bought in an art/craft shop on Breite Strasse/corner Burgstrasse. You cannot miss it. They sell witches with a body of wood as well as those with a body of plastic. While I have one made of wood my mother bought one made of plastic - she said she loves it that she can bend the legs and arms as she pleases. Whatever.

    Oh, and for the story of the witches read Goethe's Faust. I happened to be in Wernigerode shortly before Walpurgis night btw.

    What to pay: A pretty big example of the plastic witches might cost about 15 Euro or so. My wooden witch was more than twice as much.

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Wernigerode Off The Beaten Path

  • Liebfrauenkirche

    This church ("Church of our Lady") was built in Baroque style 1756-62 after a fire had destroyed the previous Romanesque church at the same place. The steeple was added only in 1890.Unfortunately the church was closed when I was there and according to the info I got it is only to visit upon appointment made in advance in the parsonage. The interior...

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  • Westerntor tower

    At the western end of the old town is the Westerntor, the only remaining of the former city gates. To be exact, it's just the tower of the city gate that is preserved.The 36 m tall tower was built ca. 1250 in early Gothic style. Due to the location and massive shape it is one of the landmarks in town.

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  • St. Johannis church and district

    As beautiful as Breite Strasse is, venture out northwards along Johannisstrasse and Neuer Markt to explore this area, too. It is the so called 'new town' which means this area was inhabited later - in the 13th century - than that one around Market square and Oberpfarrkirchhof.The parish church St. Johannis dominates the new town. The massive tower...

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Wernigerode Favorites

  • Strolling around

    Just walking up and down the main streets of town looking at half-timbered houses is great. Breitenstrasse is the best one for pretty houses and includes treasures like Krummelsches Haus from1674 but there are gems everywhere.

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  • The Castle

    Don`t miss the Castle if you are here. For the way to the castle you can use a carriage, (You must pay a little bit for it), but you also can walk to the top of the hill.

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