The Romanesque style Wernigerode Castle was founded in the 12th century and was used as a hunting lodge by the old emperors of Germany. It has changed architecturally from Neo-Gothic, to a Renaissance fortress and by the 18th century into a Baroque masterpiece.
Falkenstein Castle was built between 1120 and 1180 and has been modified frequently, but still retains the character of a medieval castle. It has a commanding location and was never captured in its history. According to legend Falkenstein Castle has its origins in a murder.
Quedlinburg Castle is a large Renaissance style palace in the centre of the old town, on the other side of the hill to St. Servatius church. The castle dates from the 16th- to 17th centuries. Currently the castle is a museum which shows off the restored rooms of the building, each with original furniture and art works.
Blankenburg Castle dominates the skyline and sits above the famous Baroque gardens and the smaller summer castle. The picturesque castle is of national historical importance as the former residence for the Counts of Regenstein-Blankenburg and the Dukes of Braunschweig- Wolfenbüttel.
Stolberg Castle offers a pleasant view upon the most picture perfect town of the eastern Harz. Stolberg has 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 kept flawless.
Regenstein Castle is just three kilometers north of Blankenburg. Today only the ruins are visible of this once impregnable castle. Built on a 300 meter high sandstone outcrop the castle was first associated with the Count of Regenstein in 1162.
Castle Ruins Scharzfels
Scharzfels Castle is the medieval ruin of a fortification located east of the village of Scharzfeld. For centuries after its construction in the 10th or 11th century it remained an impregnable fortress. In 1761, during the Seven Years' War, a body of French troops, numbering some 6,000 men attempted to capture the castle.