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Wolfenbuettel

N 529.705', E 1032.135'
2012-10-03
http://www.wolfenbuettel.de/
Our rating: 8.20
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Wolfenbüttel is a small town 12 km from Braunschweig and 60 km from Hannover. The town is well-known in German history, as it has been the residence of the Dukes.

The best time to explore German cities and towns is on holiday mornings. On October 3 at 10 am the streets of Wolfenbüttel were so empty that we could easily take pictures in the downtown without a single person in the picture.

The main attraction of the town is a well-preserved castle palace of the Dukes of Braunschweig and Lüneburg. There's a museum in the palace.

Map of Wolfenbüttel that we used.

Castle palace in Wolfenbuettel
Castle palace in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Old town in Wolfenbuettel
Old town in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Castle palace in Wolfenbuettel
Castle palace in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Courtyard of the palace in Wolfenbuettel
Courtyard of the palace in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Courtyard of the palace in Wolfenbuettel
Courtyard of the palace in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Entrance to the palace in Wolfenbuettel
Entrance to the palace in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture near the palace in Wolfenbuettel
Sculpture near the palace in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures near the palace in Wolfenbuettel
Sculptures near the palace in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak

Next to the palace there's a library of Duke August. The Duke was an avid bibliophile and collected books since childhood. Books and manuscripts were brought to him from all over Europe. He placed them in former horse stables, specially adapted for this purpose. During his life he collected a number of books that became known as the "eighth wonder of the world." After the death of the Duke there were 134,000 books, manuscripts, maps, globes etc in the library. Since 1666 the library became a public institution. Currently, the library has about a million titles.

Duke August library
Duke August library Yuriy Buriak

Between the library and the palace there's a small house of Gotthold Lessing, founder of German classical literature. Also Gottfried Leibniz used to live in the town and work in the Duke's library.

House of Gotthold Lessing, founder of German classical literature
House of Gotthold Lessing, founder of German classical literature Yuriy Buriak

There's a great old town with lots of half-timbered buildings that will please the fans of beautiful streets. By the way, design of the houses is different from those in other towns and cities. A network of canals, which is now called "Little Venice", was preserved in the town.

Little Venice
Little Venice Yuriy Buriak


Little Venice
Little Venice Yuriy Buriak


Little Venice
Little Venice Yuriy Buriak


Holy Trinity Church in Wolfenbuettel
Holy Trinity Church in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Holy Trinity Church in Wolfenbuettel
Holy Trinity Church in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Marienkirche Church in Wolfenbuettel (beginning of the XVII century)
Marienkirche Church in Wolfenbuettel (beginning of the XVII century) Yuriy Buriak


Marienkirche Church in Wolfenbuettel (beginning of the XVII century)
Marienkirche Church in Wolfenbuettel (beginning of the XVII century) Yuriy Buriak

Krumme Street
Krumme Street Yuriy Buriak


Market Square
Market Square Yuriy Buriak


Lustgarten Street
Lustgarten Street Yuriy Buriak


Market Square
Market Square Yuriy Buriak


Wolfenbuettel
Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Wall in the center of Wolfenbuettel
Wall in the center of Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope Yuriy Buriak


Street sculpture in Wolfenbuettel
Street sculpture in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Krambuden Street in Wolfenbuettel
Krambuden Street in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Stadtgraben lake in Wolfenbuettel
Stadtgraben lake in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Laguna beach in Wolfenbuettel
Laguna beach in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Market Square
Market Square Yuriy Buriak


Market Square with an equestrian statue of the Duke August
Market Square with an equestrian statue of the Duke August Yuriy Buriak


Monument dedicated to victory in some war
Monument dedicated to victory in some war Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Equestrian statue of the Duke August
Equestrian statue of the Duke August Yuriy Buriak


Old town in Wolfenbuettel
Old town in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Old town in Wolfenbuettel
Old town in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Krumme Street
Krumme Street Yuriy Buriak


Could never understand how people live in these houses =)
Could never understand how people live in these houses =) Yuriy Buriak


Old town in Wolfenbuettel
Old town in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Wolfenbuettel
Half-timbered houses in Wolfenbuettel Yuriy Buriak

The most famous product of Wolfenbüttel is the Jägermeister liqueur, produced since 1935. The recipe was originally developed as a medicine to improve digestion. It has become popular because of the marketing campaign with bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Nightwish, HIM. Now Jägermeister is sponsoring concert tours of alternative metal bands. There is a store of brand merchandise in the downtown.

Jaegermeister shop
Jaegermeister shop Yuriy Buriak

I saw an interesting truck near the train station. The wooden shoes are very nice =)

Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: By regional train from Hannover to Braunschweig (45 minutes), then by regional train to Wolfenbüttel (8 minutes).

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