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Blankenburg

N 51°47.233', E 10°57.313'
2013-08-17,2018-08-19
http://www.blankenburg.de/?getlang=en
Our rating: 6.40
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Blankenburg is a tourist town near the Harz mountains in eastern Germany. It is located 10 kilometers from Wernigerode, and if you compare these towns, you'll immediately notice the difference. Wernigerode was a perfect tourist town in the GDR. Blankenburg also has castle, mountains and old town, but it wasn't enough developed for tourism. It would have been interesting to walk around the town 20 years ago.

Castle and town of Blankenburg
Castle and town of Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Old town and the Blankenburg Castle
Old town and the Blankenburg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Architecture of Blankenburg
Architecture of Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Architecture of Blankenburg
Architecture of Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


There's a lot of wooden houses in the town.
There's a lot of wooden houses in the town. ©Yuriy Buriak


Tummelplatz Square
Tummelplatz Square ©Yuriy Buriak


Three bells from the St. Bartholomew Church (1922)
Three bells from the St. Bartholomew Church (1922) ©Yuriy Buriak


Architecture of Blankenburg
Architecture of Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Architecture of Blankenburg
Architecture of Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Abandoned house
Abandoned house ©Yuriy Buriak


Tummelplatz Square
Tummelplatz Square ©Yuriy Buriak

The Blankenburg Market Square is very small. Behind the Town Hall is the St. Bartholomew Church, and right behind it you can find a stairway to the castle.

Market Square and Town Hall
Market Square and Town Hall ©Yuriy Buriak

The castle served as a temporary residence of the Duke of Braunshweig and preserved many ancient objects and magnificent halls, so it makes sense to come here later. At the moment (2013) the castle is under reconstruction, so you can visit it only on Saturdays from 2 to 4 pm. Blankenburg is a very popular word in Europe, I saw castles with such name in Austria and the Netherlands, probaly they exist in other places.

Around the castle you can find the remains of the 13th-century town wall. The Town Hall and St. Bartholomew Church were built around the same time.

Blankenburg Castle
Blankenburg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Blankenburg Castle
Blankenburg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Entrance to the castle
Entrance to the castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Courtyard of the Blankenburg Castle
Courtyard of the Blankenburg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Blue and yellow flag
Blue and yellow flag ©Yuriy Buriak


Blankenburg Castle
Blankenburg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak

You can climb up to the castle also from the Small Castle and Castle Hotel. A large park with several zones is located here. The park is gorgeous, especially the part near the Small Castle with lots of flowers and sculptures.

Blankenburg
Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Blankenburg
Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Lake in the park near the Blankenburg Castle
Lake in the park near the Blankenburg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Small Castle and park
Small Castle and park ©Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures in the castle park
Sculptures in the castle park ©Yuriy Buriak


Small Castle
Small Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Castle park
Castle park ©Yuriy Buriak


Park with pheasants
Park with pheasants ©Yuriy Buriak


Pavilion with pheasants
Pavilion with pheasants ©Yuriy Buriak


Baby pheasant
Baby pheasant ©Yuriy Buriak

Behind the castle you can find pointers to the Luizenburg ruins that are supposed to be a viewpoint. It makes sense to go there only if you like walking in the forest, as there's no good viewpoint there.

Luizenburg ruins
Luizenburg ruins ©Yuriy Buriak

But if you go in the direction of the Berghotel Vogelherd, then here N 51 47.078 E 10 57.476 there is a small cage with pets, in particular with rabbits. And a little further, here N 51 47.076 E 10 57.636, live deer.

Blankenburg
Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Blankenburg
Blankenburg ©Yuriy Buriak

If you like rocks and beautiful panoramas, then go to the Teufelsmauer (Devil's Wall) rock. The entrance is located near the Small Castle. You can find the stairs at the intersection of the Hasselfelderstrasse and Heidelbergstrasse. Go up along the houses to the tallest rock.

Teufelsmauer viewpoint
Teufelsmauer viewpoint ©Yuriy Buriak


Teufelsmauer viewpoint
Teufelsmauer viewpoint ©Yuriy Buriak


Blankenburg Castle
Blankenburg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Devil's Wall
Devil's Wall ©Yuriy Buriak


Rocks under the viewpoint
Rocks under the viewpoint ©Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: By train through Halberstadt, use bahn.de. There are also buses from Wernigerode.

Tags, Germany: castle, city, observation deck

Tags, all countries: castle, city, observation deck
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2015-03-04 13:21 # 1 Петр Воронцов
Отец Воронцов Егор Савельевич в апреле 1945 года в составе 1-го Белорусского Фронта освобождал Бланденбург и награжден медалью за "ЗА Отвагу".В 1963-66 годах служил в ГСВГ в ракетных войсках. Бригада дислоцировалась в 30-ти км от Котбуса на полигоне в Драхаузене. Был участником победы в Берлине в 1965 году в честь 20-ия Победы в ВОВ 1941-45 г.г.Старший лейтенант в отставке, ветеран педагогического труда Петр Егорович Воронцов, г Новосокольники, Псковской области.

2015-03-04 13:30 # 2  Петр Воронцов
Восхищен красотой замков,ландшафтом Бланкенберга. Хотелось бы побывать в нем, проитись по его старинным улочкам но к великому сожалению материальное положение пенсионера не позволяет совершить туристическую поездку в Германию.

2018-06-03 18:37 # 3 Украина
на Украине действительно живут потомки Бланкенбургов. Интересно, как они туда попали. Слава Украине! если жовто-блакитний прапор (флаг_ на крыше замка, значит потомки все еще живы)))

2018-10-13 00:59 # 4 Сергей
Бланкенбург - родовое поместье герцогов Брауншвейг-Вольфенбюттельских из династии Вельфов, к которой принадлежит и нынешняя королевская династия Виндзоров в Великобритании. Принцесса Шарлотта из этого рода была выдана за царевича Алексея Петровича, сына царя Петра I. В одной из ветвей славного рода значился также и Владимир Ильич Ленин - Бланк по матери, а также генерал-фельдмаршал Ганс фон Клюге, отмеченный в книге "100 великих полководцев Второй мировой войны". "Жовто-блакитный прапор" - в настоящее время является флагом земли Нижняя Австрия, иногда изображается с гербом данной земли в центре. Несомненно, что Австро-Венгерское владычество оставило и след в истории современной Украины, спорить не стану.

2019-04-25 11:07 # 5 Mila
Hello! Maybe you can help me. I am engaged in reconstruction of the building which front panels were made in East Germany approximately in 1977-80.. Panel labeled "WERK BLANKENBURG", are in good condition, I would like to keep them. But the existing fire safety standards require to designate the degree of fire resistance of these panels. Please - at least tell the city in which such panels were produced. Thanks.

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