The small town of Wolfenbüttel deserves more attention than it usually gets.
Wolfenbüttel is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, located on the Oker River about 13 kilometres south of Brunswick.
An intact old town with half-timbered houses, not affected by World War II, you can visit the palace of the Dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, the library with its unique treasure and more!
If the writing is too fast (or too small) in the video for you to read, the transcript is below.
Schloss Wolfenbüttel is a baroque castle. In 1866 the castle became the Anna-Vorwek-School for girls. Today part of the building is used as a high school; it also houses a great example of Baroque state apartments which are open to the public as a museum. The Castle Museum is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. In the Castle Museum, you will see around a dozen of reconstructed rooms from the former Ducal Castle. This part is the former apartment of the duchess. The items (including a large China collection) are well explained in German and English.
This is a scenic, picture book sort of place and there are loads of restaurants that serve delicious food!
Wolfenbüttel is smaller than the neighbouring cities of Braunschweig (Brunswick), Salzgitter and Wolfsburg, but, because it was largely undamaged by the war, it is rich in half-timber buildings, many dating several centuries back, and it still retains its historical character.
Wolfenbüttel’s “Little Venice”
This part of the old town was planned in the 16th and 17th century by immigrants from the Netherlands who included such little canals in their architecture.
In the Western part of the old town, not far from the palace, small streams run through the old town. Am on locals, this area is known as “Klein-Venedig”, “Little Venice”. It is little indeed, but there are some really romantic spots. To find the best view, start from the northern end of market square and Krambuden and walk along either Kleiner Zimmerhof or Mühlenstraße until you reach the bridge at the end of either lane, then look behind you.
St.-Trinitatiskirche (Trinity Church) was built during the early 18th century.
The origins of the name “Wolfenbüttel” most probably don’t refer to the animal but to the name of the (legendary) founder of the town. Anyway, since the wolf appears in the town’s name, a wolf statue has recently been put up in Schlossplatz.
This is a compilation of video clips and photos taken on two separate visits (2005 & 2012)