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Castles and Palaces of Harz


The Harz once had over 500 castles in its history. Today a wide range of castles and palaces can be found, from medieval ruins, formidable fortresses, stately homes and royal residences.

Falkenstein Castle

Falkenstein was built between 1120 and 1180 and has been modified frequently since then, but still retains the character of a medieval castle. It has a commanding location and was never captured. According to legend, Falkenstein Castle has its origins in a murder: around 1080, Egeno II of Konradsburg slew Count Adalbert of Ballenstedt in a fight, whereupon the murderer was allegedly made to give his family seat up to be converted into a monastery. As a result, Egeno's son, Burchard von Konradsburg, had the new Falkenstein Castle built.

Stolberg Castle

The castle of Stolberg offers a pleasant view upon the most picture perfect town of the eastern Harz. Stolberg has no suburbs, survived all wars unscathed and has the best kept half-timbered houses of all towns in the former GDR. Even in communistic times the incoming roads were of flawless quality. One reason for this is that many secret service employees went on holiday here and government officials often chose this location to invite their high guests. But the main reason is that Thomas Müntzer was born here, leader of the farmers? revolts of 1525. And therefore the first Great Revolutionary!

Quedlinburg Castle

The castle in Quedlinburg is a large Renaissance style palace in the centre of the old town, on the other side of the hill to the St. Servatius church. The castle, which dates from the 16th- to 17th centuries is set in peasant gardens. Currently the castle is a museum which shows off the restored rooms of the building, each with original furniture and art works. The museum also houses a significant collection of historic firearms, and a library of original books.

Sondershausen Palace

Sondershausen Palace was for many centuries the residence of the Counts of Schwarzburg, the rulers of the small Thuringian state. In the Castle Museum, you can view the Schwarzburg family gallery, various sections for national and local history as well as parts of art collections of Schwarzburg. A rarity is the golden coach, a state coach of the early 18th century. In the "gallery in the castle," a gallery for contemporary art.

Blankenburg Castle

Blankenburg Castle is dominatingly situated on the Blankenstein high above the city of Blankenburg. The pictorial building is of national historically importance as castle of the counts of Regenstein-Blankenburg and residence of the dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel.The association Save Blankenburg Castle was founded in 2005, it is a registered association. Statutory purpose of the association is the protection and conservation of Blankenburg Castle as single monument. All donations are welcomed.

Wernigerode Castle

Romanesque-style Wernigerode castle was founded in the 12th century and was used as a hunting lodge for the old emperors of Germany. It has changed architecturally from Neo-Gothic, to a Renaissance fortress and by the 18th century, a Baroque masterpiece.