Harmonious half-timbered ensembles and a defiant castle Wernigerode: Situated at the foot of the highest Harz summit, the resort attracts history-interested people as well as hiking enthusiasts.
Prince magnificent – Castle Wernigerode
It cannot be avoided, the advertising slogan “the colourful city at the Harz”. The memorable sentence of the writer Hermann Löns was already formulated in 1909, and the city motto is apt, because they crowd close together, the colourful and richly decorated half-timbered buildings in the Lower Saxon style, dominated by the historicist Castle Wernigerode of the counts/princes of Stolberg-Wernigerode. Built around 1120 as a centre of power and to protect a settlement of deforestation, craftsmen and merchants developing from the 10th century onwards, it was converted into a Renaissance fortress in the 16th century and neo-Gothically transformed into a representative residential castle in the second half of the 19th century. If you look from the terraces in front of the entrance portal of the tower-crowned Wernigerode landmark, which today serves as a museum for art and cultural history, you can clearly see the town centre in the valley and the rounded summit of the Brocken on a clear day.
Civil power – the alleys of the city centre of Wernigerode
The centre of the historic old town , which can be reached from Wernigerode Castle via Burgstrasse and Breite Strasse and which was granted city rights in 1229 and united with the new town under construction in 1529, is the late Gothic town hall with its two characteristic turrets and playful figure decoration. The building, which in its present form dates back to the 16th century, is flanked by the Gothic House and the Wohltäterbrunnen, the coats of arms of noble families and nominations of meritorious citizens.
Wernigerode – Tours through the National Park
Wernigerode is the ideal base for trips to the national park because of its convenient location on the north-eastern edge of the Harz Mountains not far from the Brocken. From here you can either take the steam-powered narrow-gauge railway and relax in the direction of Brocken or actively explore the untouched beech and spruce forests on the numerous hiking trails on rocky mountain slopes, boggy plateaus and deep river valleys on foot. Whether varied history, artistic architecture or intoxicating nature – Wernigerode has the most varied leisure experiences to offer, where everyone gets his money’s worth.
A parking possibility exists directly at the Lustgarten. From here well signposted hiking trails lead directly to the castle. You can also take the direct route via Schloßchaussee. You must visit the Cafe directly at the castle. The cafe is popular with locals and offers a magnificent view of Brocken.