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Wolfenbuettel is not exactly New York and if you depend on public transport, it's not really conveniently located. However, if you are located somewhere around Hannover, Braunschweig and Wolfsburg, it makes a good day trip destination. With a high concentration of half-timbered buildings, a castle and three old churches it offers enough for a day. The river Oker flows in form of little canals through the city which creates a picturesque atmosphere together with the half-timbered buildings. A part is even called "Klein Venedig" - Little Venice. Yes, and some people may know Wolfenbuettel because of a locally produced liquor - Jaegermeister.

The city was probably founded in the 10th century close to a ford at the river Oker. Wolfenbuettel gained fame from 1238 when the Dukes of Brunswick decided to build a fortress at this place. Tired of conflicts with the Brunswick population, the Ducal Family decided to move to Wolfenbuettel in 1438. The court attracted important figures like Leibniz and Lessing and became one of the most important Dukedoms in Germany. When the Duke decided to move back to Braunschweig in 1753, the decline of Wolfenbuettel set in. Today, it is little more than a beautiful mid-sized regional town.

  • Last visit to Wolfenbüttel: Oct 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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