Pinch me right now, I must be dreaming! This is how I thought when setting foot in the beautiful Historic Town of Wernigerode.
Located in the Harz mountains from Lower Saxony land, Wernigerode is nothing you would expect from a town developed around metal mining and wood industry. Grey and shabby buildings and dusty roads don’t belong here!
Instead, the brightly colored, timber framed houses that are hundreds of years old, appear like they had been erected yesterday and align on the sides of everlasting cobblestone streets.
Make a two days stay here, because any less is certainly insufficient to cover everything this town has to offer.
The Central Market was my favorite place and the Old Town Hall is the focal point and the most beautiful building! No market is complete without a fountain, and the “Benefactor fountain” that commemorates the people who put their heart and soul in the service of the town is yet another outstanding monument.
Don’t miss the Wonky House or the Leaning house, a museum today, where you can also test your sense of balance.
Enter the smallest house of Wernigerode, less than 3m wide, but plan your visit well, because they close their doors at 4pm daily. We missed the last admission by 5 minutes, but now you know better and you will not repeat this mistake :).
The Miniatur Park “Little Harz” is another place that we could not see because it’s opened starting with the middle of April until November and we were visiting the town in late March. But otherwise, I think it’s a nice place, located not too far from the historic town, in a beautiful public garden.
Just get lost on the streets! Your eyes wonder everywhere and your heart will pump faster of the excitement at every turn of the road. The “Breite Strasse” or the Wide Street is the most recognizable of them. If you’re already tired from all that walking, there’s this colored and fun city train that takes you on a tour of the old town.
800 years of age makes St John Church the oldest church from Wernigerode.
Oh, but wait, I’m not over yet, there’s more! There is a castle here, the sort of castle that makes you imagine knights and princesses and spells to be undone. But although the foundations are quite old, the actual building is dating back to the 19th century only. Situated on the tippy top of a hill, is easily reachable by foot from the old town. Because of this privileged location, the Castle can be admired almost from any part of the old town.
The 6EUR ticket is well worth spending for the inside visit.
And the adventure still goes on!!!
The historic steam line that was connecting all the villages in the Harz mountains is still operating today. You can take the steam train to get in no time to Brocken, the highest peak of the Harz mountains in a beautiful journey of the past.