I recently went to travel blogger camp. After Berlin and Bremen it should go this time to Wolfenbüttel. Wolfen… what? Yeah, not necessarily known. But also quite charming. So for you the answer to the question: What did you have to see in Wolfenbüttel?
Wolfenbüttel certainly does not have it so easy today to assert itself as a tourist destination between the two large cities of Hanover, Braunschweig and Wolfsburg.
These cities are not only more successful in football, but also attract much more media attention due to their status as state capital or due to the headquarters of the VW Group.
But you should take a closer look at this little professional workshop.
5 places to see in Wolfenbüttel!
- The Old Town of Wolfenbüttel
- Bürgermuseum (civic museum)
- Herzog August Library
- Wolfenbüttel Castle
1| The Old Town of Wolfenbüttel
First of all, there is the beautiful old town, which boasts a wealth of half-timbered houses. Unlike its famous neighbours, Wolfenbüttel was bombed little to hardly at all during the war.
Therefore you can take a leisurely walk through the city centre and take a look at the beautiful houses. You will inevitably come to the market square with the Duke August Monument. There he serenely leans against his horse and looks at the hustle and bustle of his subjects.
Church Beatae Mariae Virginis
Not far from the market place is the Beatae Mariae Virginis Church, which you should definitely visit. This is quite attractive from the outside – but it has even more to offer from the inside.
Especially in the crypt. I’ll take a look at the richly decorated coffins there. The public church tours start every second Friday of the month at 5 pm and start at the main portal.
Wolfenbüttel also has something for Italy lovers. No, not an Italian restaurant or an Alfa Romeo fan club, but Little Venice. Why?
The Oker flows through Wolfenbüttel and surrounds the city centre. Only a small part of an old canal complex from the 16th century has survived.
Here the houses surround the piece of canal directly at the water. For hygienic reasons, the remains of the canals were filled up and built on.
2| The Bürgermuseum (civic museum)
From here I go to the Bürgermuseum. In the former Jahnturnhalle, which was built as an indoor riding arena, there are numerous exhibits depicting the city’s history and bourgeois life in Wolfenbüttel in a modern way.
Travel tip Wolfenbüttel: Absolutely worth a look. Admission is free. Open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm.
3| Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel
Within sight I can see the library where Lessing had been a librarian since 1770. And here this likeable city amazes me once again. Such a magnificent and exciting library in Wolfenbüttel?
There is a reason for this. Under the well-read book collector Duke August the Younger, the library became one of the largest in Europe.
Even today it still enjoys international status due to its extensive collection of books from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.
However, it is not only a library, but also contains a museum. The museum rooms of the library are located in the Bibliotheca Augusta.
Entrance fee for library and museum: 5,- Euro
4| The Lessinghaus
And if Lessing worked here, then he must have lived somewhere. The Lessinghaus is not far from the library – it was probably not very sporty.
He lived here from 1777 until his death in 1781, and in this house he wrote, among other works, his most famous work: Nathan the Wise.
Admission: 5,- Euro.
5| Wolfenbüttel Castle
When Lessing left his house in the morning, he saw the magnificent castle. The numerous windows and their secret are exciting here. On closer inspection you will notice that some of the windows are not real, but painted.
At the time, the regents of Wolfenbüttel simply had little money. More appearance than reality. I see this for the first time here in Wolfenbüttel in this form. Instead of expensive windows simply a few wooden slats.
The Wolfenbüttel Castle Museum is also located in the castle. In the state rooms, today’s visitors are introduced to the life culture of the princes in the time of absolutism.
Admission: 5,- Euro. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month.
What can you do in Wolfenbüttel?
Well, a lot of things. And that’s not all Wolfenbüttel has to offer. After all, one of the most successful herbal liqueurs in the world comes from here: the Jägermeister.
And from a marketing point of view, Jägermeister really did something. Jägermeister is considered an in-beverage by many young people, but is also a popular drink at meetings of pigeon breeders’ or dachshund clubs. But perhaps more about this elsewhere.
You see: Wolfenbüttel is worth a weekend trip or a short city trip. And if it is a bit too small for you, you can always go on a shopping trip to Braunschweig, Wolfsburg or Hanover, they are not so far away.