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Wernigerode Marktplatz

The Marktplatz (Market Square) is the center of Wernigrode's old town and shopping district.


Wernigerode Rathaus

Behind the Brunnen, or fountain, is the Wernigerode Rathaus (Town Hall), which was completed in 1544. Guided walking tours depart from the tourist office, on the left side of the building, or from the fountain.


Weekly market

On market day, food vendors set up for business early in the Marktplatz. (When I took this photo at 9 o'clock on a Tuesday morning, a sausage vendor was already grilling Bratwürste.)


Travel Charme Hotel Gothisches Haus

Of the many hotels in Wernigerode, the Travel Charme group's Hotel Gothisches Haus has one of the best settings: directly on the Marktplatz, where its modern facilities are concealed by an historic façade and roof. (The number of dormers is controlled by the local preservation authorities, and when the hotel added more dormers than the law permitted, citizen protests forced the hotel to remove the extra roof windows.)


Wernigerode housesWernigerode half-timbered house

Just a block off the Marktplatz and the main shopping streets, you'll find quiet cobblestoned lanes with half-timbered houses like these.


cat in Wernigerode

If you're lucky, you might meet a neighborhood resident.


Kleinstes Haus

The smallest house (Das Kleinste Haus) in Wernigerode is on the Kochstrasse. The one-room house, which was built in the mid-18th Century, measures only 4.2 meters (less than 14 feet) high, including the attic. It has a width of 2.95 meters (9.7 feet) and a living area of 10 m² or less than 108 square feet.


Gadenstedt HausSt Sylvestrikirche

A considerably larger dwelling is the Gadenstedt Haus, which was built in the 16th Century on the Oberpfarrkirchof, facing the St. Sylvestrikirche (small photo).


Kummelsches Haus

On the Breitestrasse, one of Wernigerode's main shopping streets, the Krummelsches Haus wows visitors with the woodcarving on its façade. The building, which dates to 1674, has carvings that represent life on the world's continents. Click here for a larger (82Kb) version of the photo, which will give you a more detailed view of the carvings.


Westerntor

Wernigerode's walls were torn down in the 19th Century, but several of its historic gates remain--including the Westerntor (shown here) at the western edge of the old town.

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