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Wernigerode Castle (Schloss Wernigerode)

Wernigerode Castle

Wernigerode Castle or Schloss Wernigerode is a medieval castle situated in Wernigerode, Saxony- Anhalt region of Germany.




Location: Wernigerode, Saxony- Anhalt   Map

Constructed: 1213

Tel. 03943- 55 30 30

Open: May- Oct: 10am- 6pm

Nov- Apr: 10am- 4pm Tue- Fri; 10am- 6pm Sat, Sun






Description of Wernigerode Castle


Construction of the military citadel of Wernigerode Castle began in 1213 on the orders of Counts of Wernigerode on a strategic high ground in the Harz mountains. The citadel was badly damaged during military action in the Thirty Years' War between 1618 and 1648. After the war the castle was abandoned in ruins. In 1710 the stronghold war reconstructed by Count Christian Ernest in a Baroque architectural style. Later it was turned into a Neo- Romantic mansion in the late 19th century under supervision of a Vienna architect Friedrich von Schmidt. At the conclusion of World War II it was seized by the Soviet Military Administration in Germany. The next year it was transformed into a museum.











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