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  • 1 Maisons à colombage Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    These picturesque groups of houses reflect the social diversity of Wolfenbüttel under the Dukes. Majestic façades with high overhangs on either side of the main entrance distinguish the homes of High Court officials, most of them built c 1600. The de..

  • 2 Stadtmarkt Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    On the north and west side of the square, the town hall comprises several houses. The Weights and Measures Office has a distinctive arched doorway surmounted with King Solomon's Edict and the Wolfenbüttel coat of arms. A statue of Duke Augustus the Y..

  • 3 Schloss Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    We reach the castle via an attractive narrow street bordered with arcades and known as the Krambuden. Originally a stronghold conquered by Henry the Lion, the building was subjected to many transformations before finally evolving into the present Bar..

  • 4 Herzog-August-Bibliothek Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lessingplatz 2

    Founded in the 16C by Augustus the Young, and rebuilt at the end of the 19C, this was the largest and most important library in 17C Europe. Still an invaluable treasure house for researchers and scholars, it houses some 600 000 volumes. Among the pri..

  • 5 Lessing-Haus

    Museums and art

    Lessingplatz 2

    Lessing's last residence was this mansarded pavilion just before the library on the north side of the esplanade. The great innovator of German drama lived in Wolfenbüttel for eleven years (1770-1781) working as official ducal librarian and writing, a..

  • 6 Hauptkirche

    Religious buildings


    Built in 1608, this Protestant church is laid out like a Gothic church with very high windows and pointed vaulting, but it also has features characteristic of the Late Renaissance. Note the lateral gables with the pediment embellished with niches. Th..

  • 7 Trinitatiskirche

    Religious buildings

    Enge Str.

    This church dating from 1719 reuses a former twin-towered city gate, hence its strangely flat silhouette. Behind it, a disused cemetery overlooks a romantic public garden.

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