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Wernigerode is situated in Sachsen-Anhalt. The town is located on the northeastern side of the Harzregion, the Brocken in the Harz Mountains lie only 12 km away and it constitutes the highest point of elevation in the Harz low mountain range. The history of the town began more than 1000 years ago. Several art and cultural monuments are situated in the town area, which is where the nickname „the colourful town“ derived from.
By car, you can use the Harz Highway as the A 395 is also named. From the motorway junction Vienenburg, the B 6 takes you directly into the town centre.
The airport in closest proximity is Hannover International Airport. From here it will take you approx. 130 km to reach the town centre.
There are 5 other urban districts which belong to Wernigerode alongside the core town. The district of Schierke is a climatic health spa. Winter sports enthusiasts also visit the district time and again for their sporting activities. Even in the past, under the rule of Charlemagne, it was a sought-after hunting location and health resort. Today, the district is rather used for tourism, various hiking trails and cross-country skiing trails pass through the district.
Even the district of Silstedt is only sparsely populated. However, this is because of agriculture which still plays an important role here. For those who live here, they lead a quiet life. Nonetheless, the town centre is 5 km away and thus people don ́t want for anything.
The Schloss Wernigerode „Wernigerode Castle“ reigns high above the town. You will even be able to see if from afar. It has existed in its present form since the end of the 19th Century. The history of the building certainly goes back as far as the medieval times when the castle was a fortress. It was from here that the German emperors started out their hunting expeditions in the Harz region. CountOtto zu Stolberg-Wernigerode commissioned the construction of the building you can see today. Since 1930, parts of the castle have been open to the public, it became a castle museum in 1990 and since 1998 it has been a museum centre for 19th Century art and cultural history.
The Marktplatz „market place“ is not only the centre of Wernigerode but it is also a tourist trap for those who come to visit the Harz region. The reason for this is the Rathaus „town hall“. It is the prominent building in the market square and it was first mentioned in records in 1277. It was constructed as a „Spelhus“, whose role was also that of a court house and a place of entertainment. It is possible to get a guided tour of the town hall. The so-called “Wohltäterbrunnen”(benefactors fountain), can also be found at the market place. It is supposed to be reminiscent of thepeople who did something for town and were thus not only thinking of themselves. The fountain dates back from the year 1848. You can still marvel at numerous half-timbered houses around the market place.
TheHarzmuseum Wernigerode is the museum of local history for the town. It has been housed in a building near to the town hall since the year 1955. The collections, however, can betraced back as far as the first Wernigeroder museum in the year 1897. Firstly, you will find an exhibition in the museum that deals with the history of the town. Art in the Harz region is another important theme for the museum. In this exhibition, you will find works of art from artists that either come from the Harz region or they have used the theme of the Harz for their works. A third theme in the Harz museum is the area of science. The geological history of the Harz region is portrayed on the basis of rocks and fossils. This exhibition also demonstrates a few things on the theme of animals that live in the Harz region.
The Luftfahrtmuseum „aviation museum“ is a special feature of the Harz region. Restored airplanes and helicopters are exhibited on 5000 square metres and which date from periods after 1945. The exhibition is complemented by individual exhibits which belong to aviation such as a single cockpit or an ejection seat. There are also some items that you can go and inspect. Furthermore, you can go and take a look in the restauration halls.
You can eat well in the Brauhaus Wernigerode. It is a traditional establishment in the local area and it was mentioned in records for the first time in 1576. In the year 2002, it was converted into a restaurant and event venue. The selection of food is extensive and diverse. The themed days are particularly interesting. On such days, you can eat as much spare ribs as you can, and you will only pay 9,99 euros. Friday is beer day and you will pay only 1, 50 euros for a 0.3 litre glass. On Sunday, there is also an entertaining music programme.
In the Casa Vita, you will be welcomed in a Mediterranean fashion. It is not only the food which embodies this style but also the restaurant itself will convey a feeling of sunshine and summer. Aside from the food, the selection of wine should not be overlooked. The wine cellar is bountiful and it is constantly topped up.
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