Visit the German nobility at Wernigerode Castle
Glistening crown jewels and ostentatious throne rooms - German castles are truly magnificent and are among the most important monuments of German culture. One particular building is especially close to Germany's heart: Wernigerode Castle. Two walking tours take you around this beautifully restored castle and let you imagine the lives of the German aristocracy. Almost 50 rooms are open to visitors, as well as attics, towers and the cellar. The castle also offers a wonderful view over the colourful town of Wernigerode and Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz mountain range.
The first castles were built in the 12th century. The grounds have undergone many changes over the years, due to damage, change in ownership and the influences of new architectural styles such as the late Gothic or Renaissance. The Vice Chancellor of the German Empire - Count Otto zu Stolberg-Wernigerode - had the castle rebuilt to its present state, from 1862 to 1885. But still today, parts of the castle hint at the different architectural styles of earlier eras and the age of the building. Since then, the castle became the first centre for German art and cultural history of the 19th century.