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The foundation of the town Wernigerode dates back to approximately the 9th century. Owing to its situation quite close to two trade routes over the Harz Mountains, the initially tiny village soon provided ideal conditions for settlement of trade and small crafts. The village developed a market place, and grew considerably, so much so that in April 1229 Wernigerode was awarded town privileges.

As a town Wernigerode continued to thrive, and the Town Hall was built in the 16th century, though its façade dates back to 1498. Wernigerode was absorbed into the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815. The town enjoyed another boost in the later 19th century, as its location in the beautiful Harz region ensured it became a popular tourist destination.

Wernigerode survived the Second World War largely intact, and became part of East Germany. However, it was one of the very few towns in the East that developed a prosperous economy. This was mainly because it was the only place in the Harz where Westerners were ever encouraged to stay. With reunification in 1990, Wernigerode maintained its reputation as a beautiful resort town, popular with visitors all year round.

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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
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Our customers love our Wernigerode tours
Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge
16 Sep 2020
Martin Biswell
5 stars
“Brilliant holiday great places visited but would have preferred to stay in the Herz mountains for whole holiday
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The Harz Mountains in Winter
18 Apr 2019
Mrs G Lunt
4 stars
“We thoroughly enjoyed the excursions and being based in Wernigerode. The hotel was very clean and comfortable but there was little fresh bread at breakfast and the food at the evening buffets was of variable quality.
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