Art and Culture

Art and Culture are highly valued as a "soft location factor" in Wernigerode, which the renowned poet Hermann Löns once baptized "Colourful Town in the Harz Foothills".

High above the well-looked-after and carefully renovated timber-framed houses in the town centre with its most popular photo scene, the historical Town Hall (Spelhus) from 1498, the Castle of Wernigerode sits on the Agnesberg, featuring a unique castle museum. Many other museums, such as the municipal Harz Museum, or arts galleries, among them the Galerie im Ersten Stock run by the art and culture association, invite you to visit and see.

Besides the supermarkets on the outskirts, the town centre also offers a vibrating commercial life in the often historical houses, which accommodate shops, banks, cafés, restaurants.

Owing to numerous cultural associations, clubs, choirs, institutions and initiatives, the town has an active cultural life with many highlights. One example is the annual Castle Festival organized by the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Wernigerode. Church Music concerts can be heard at the church feasts and also all year round in the town's churches, organized by the Chantry. Every two years, the choir town Wernigerode is the venue of the Johannes Brahms Choir Festival. This worldwide choir meeting will be arranged by the municipality and the association Interkultur with public funding and with the help of other sponsors for the 6th time in 2009.

The young singers of the world-famous Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode will support this event again with all their energy. The Chamber Choir Wernigerode, consisting of former singers of the Radio Youth Choir, came out winners of the ZDF national TV channel's Grand-Prix of Choirs in 2007 and once again carried the name of Wernigerode into the whole of Germany.

After the fusioning of counties on July 1st 2007, the town of Wernigerode and the World Cultural Heritage town of Quedlinburg both lost the status of county seat, which is now Halberstadt. However, cultural institutions of the county, such as the County Music School, continue supporting the town in the organization and embellishment of its events. Private music schools, among them the Yamaha Music School or the Rigodon Drum Studio, complement the learning opportunities in the field of music.

These are only a few of many qualities that make our town worth visiting and worth living in, from a cultural point of view. Our three external parts of town, Minsleben, Silstedt and Benzingerode have also greatly developed in the past few years. The rustic character of these villages has been kept alive, and the local associations are vital. The Mill Museum in Minsleben, the Museum Farm "Ernst Koch" in Silstedt or the School Museum in Benzingerode make the past come alive for their visitors, but also provide events that link up the past with the present.

The Wernigerode Tourismus GmbH as a contact point will be happy to help and provide guidance to visitors of our town. They also arrange for guided tours with members of the Town Guide Guild and for Town Hall tours with "Baumeister Hilleborch".

The staff in our Information Centre will be happy to answer all questions around your visit in Wernigerode.