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Wernigerode

N 5150.031', E 1047.263'
2013-07-06
http://www.wernigerode.de/en/
Our rating: 8.00
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Idea to visit Wernigerode came to us after watching the Soviet movie "The Very Same Munchhausen" (1979). This is one of the few Soviet movies that were shot in Europe. Wernigerode was selected because Munchausen's real hometown Bodenwerder was in western part of Germany.

After the visit we can say that they selected the right place. This is one of the ideal towns to visit on a weekend. The chronicles of 1566 indicated that the first settlement on the site appeared in 938. And the first written reference was made in 1121, when Count Adalbert from Weymar chose Wernigerode as his residence and began to build a fortress on the site of the future castle.

There's no sense in describing the old town, it's in a good condition and was almost not affected during the war. The Town Hall is very interesting. At first glance it doesn't even look like a town hall. That's right, the building was constructed as a gambling house, a pleasure institution for local Counts! The building received its present form in 1494-1544, during the last renovation. The Town Hall is so unusual that many newlywed couples come here from different parts of Germany. People you see on the Market Square on the photo below are waiting for the bride and groom, who will appear in a moment.

Market Square (Marktplatz)
Market Square (Marktplatz) Yuriy Buriak


Town Hall in Wernigerode
Town Hall in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Town Hall in Wernigerode
Town Hall in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


One of the Town Hall wings
One of the Town Hall wings Yuriy Buriak


Interesting windows in the Town Hall
Interesting windows in the Town Hall Yuriy Buriak


One of the Town Hall wings
One of the Town Hall wings Yuriy Buriak

Behind the Town Hall there is a stop where you can catch the tourist train that goes to the castle every 20 minutes starting from 9-30 am. The fee is 3 euros for a one way ticket and 4.5 euros for a return ticket. 

Urban train carries tourists to the castle.
Urban train carries tourists to the castle. Yuriy Buriak


You can reach the castle on such transport.
You can reach the castle on such transport. Yuriy Buriak

Wernigerode Castle is the main attraction of the town and perhaps of the entire region. Since 1664, when the existing fortress was rebuilt in the baroque style, it was rebuilt several times. The castle received its present form in the second half of the 19th century. The owner of the castle, Otto Graf zu Stoltenberg-Wernigerode, had financial resources and influence. He had made tremendous progress in the civil service, and even was a deputy of the "Iron Chancellor" Otto von Bismarck. In 1890, he received the title of a Prince. The castle exposition shows the images of luxury audiences organized by the Prince.

View of the castle from Agnesberg
View of the castle from Agnesberg Yuriy Buriak


Entrance to the castle through a long tunnel
Entrance to the castle through a long tunnel Yuriy Buriak


I was scared when I passed under this gate.
I was scared when I passed under this gate. Yuriy Buriak


Entrance to the lower part of the castle
Entrance to the lower part of the castle Yuriy Buriak


The castle is richly decorated.
The castle is richly decorated. Yuriy Buriak


Interesting entrance to the castle with sculptures of animals
Interesting entrance to the castle with sculptures of animals Yuriy Buriak


Courtyard in front of the castle
Courtyard in front of the castle Yuriy Buriak


Wernigerode Castle
Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


View of Wernigerode from the castle's observation deck
View of Wernigerode from the castle's observation deck Yuriy Buriak


Observation deck near the Wernigerode Castle
Observation deck near the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


View of Wernigerode from the castle's observation deck
View of Wernigerode from the castle's observation deck Yuriy Buriak


Flowers near the castle
Flowers near the castle Yuriy Buriak

Different epochs are visible on the castle walls during a walk, and that is what gives it a special flavor. Until 1929, the Count's family lived in the castle, and in 1949 a museum was opened. The entrance ticket costs 6 euros (2013). The castle looks gorgeous inside. This is despite the fact that after the war many things, including a library of 100,000 volumes, were taken to the Soviet Union as a war trophy. During the last 10 years extensive restoration works have been made and many works of art and furniture from the castle have been found.

Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle
Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle
Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle
Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle
Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


Books that were taken to the Soviet Union as trophies used to stand here.
Books that were taken to the Soviet Union as trophies used to stand here. Yuriy Buriak


Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle
Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


Cathedral inside the Wernigerode Castle
Cathedral inside the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak


Royal trophies?
Royal trophies? Yuriy Buriak


Decoration of the castle ceiling
Decoration of the castle ceiling Yuriy Buriak


Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle
Interiors of the Wernigerode Castle Yuriy Buriak

The castle is located on a hill and it's impossible to take normal pictures from the old town. If you have time, energy and desire, then I will tell you from which places you can make beautiful photos. Find the maps on the boards in the town. You can also find the map with mountain trails in the end of this article. You should start with the mountain behind the castle, Agnesberg. Photo from this point is at the beginning of the article.

Then we went down to the Noeschenroeder Street, crossed a creek and walked in the district on the other side of the creek.

View of the castle from the Am Grossen Bleek street
View of the castle from the Am Grossen Bleek street Yuriy Buriak


View of the castle from the Am Jaegerkopf street
View of the castle from the Am Jaegerkopf street Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode
Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


View of the castle from Lindenbergstrasse
View of the castle from Lindenbergstrasse Yuriy Buriak


View of the castle from the Am Grossen Bleek street
View of the castle from the Am Grossen Bleek street Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode
Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Beautiful private house in Wernigerode
Beautiful private house in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Beautiful private house in Wernigerode
Beautiful private house in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Beautiful private house in Wernigerode
Beautiful private house in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Rabbits live in one of the courtyards.
Rabbits live in one of the courtyards. Yuriy Buriak


Rabbits live in one of the courtyards.
Rabbits live in one of the courtyards. Yuriy Buriak

Photos from these streets are better, but still not perfect yet, so we went to the two observation decks in the mountains. The first one is Harburg. After climbing the mountain, go behind the green house and find an observation deck. By the way, we met a deer on the trail!

Harburg observation deck
Harburg observation deck Yuriy Buriak


View of the Wernigerode Castle from Harburg
View of the Wernigerode Castle from Harburg Yuriy Buriak

From the Harburg observation deck we saw the Kaiser Tower (Kaiserturm), to which we headed. We went down the hill on the other side of the mountain and came to a ski slope with ski lifts. Next you have to climb up along the ski slope. Don't worry, you won't get lost there, as signs are everywhere.

Small ski slope near Wernigerode
Small ski slope near Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak

The tower can be reached by car, parking coordinates N 51 48.794 E 10 46.422. Next 750 meters on foot past the restaurant. If you arrive outside the opening hours of the restaurant, you can park near it N 51 48.918 E 10 46.591. Then the tower will be very close.

Kaiserturm observation deck
Kaiserturm observation deck Yuriy Buriak


Wernigerode
Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Views of Wernigerode and the castle from Kaiserturm
Views of Wernigerode and the castle from Kaiserturm Yuriy Buriak

From the tower, you can get down in 30 minutes. By the way, at the exit of the forest we found the board with information that the paths on which we walked were designed for blind people!

The first time I see mountain trails for the blind!
The first time I see mountain trails for the blind! Yuriy Buriak

More photos of Wernigerode

Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode
Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode
Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Coat of arms of Wernigerode
Coat of arms of Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Nicolaiplatz
Nicolaiplatz Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode
Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


I wonder what happens if they all ring at the same time :)
I wonder what happens if they all ring at the same time :) Yuriy Buriak


The negative side of old houses is that they are destroyed.
The negative side of old houses is that they are destroyed. Yuriy Buriak


Breitestrasse
Breitestrasse Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode
Half-timbered houses in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


Some sitting men
Some sitting men Yuriy Buriak


Noeschenroeder Street
Noeschenroeder Street Yuriy Buriak


Cultural center of the Harz region
Cultural center of the Harz region Yuriy Buriak


Old train, which operates in the Harz Mountains (Harzer Schmalspurbahn)
Old train, which operates in the Harz Mountains (Harzer Schmalspurbahn) Yuriy Buriak


Wernigerode
Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak


St. John's Church (1270?)
St. John's Church (1270?) Yuriy Buriak

Follow this link to view the map of the town. If you plan to walk in the mountains, then use the map below, since it contains all observation decks.

Map of mountain trails in Wernigerode
Map of mountain trails in Wernigerode Yuriy Buriak

Opening hours at the official website
Webcam with the castle view

We were by car and stayed at the Hotel Furstenhof Wernigerode (booking.com), it has convenient parking.

Getting there: By train to the Wernigerode railway station, use bahn.de.

Tags, Germany: castle, city, ecological trail, mountains, observation deck

Tags, all countries: castle, city, ecological trail, mountains, observation deck
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