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Wernigerode Things to Do: 20 reviews and 51 photos
The pedestrian zone (since end of the 1970s) in Wernigerode stretches from the Market square to the west, east and north. The main shopping street and the one where the most beautiful townhouses are located is the Breite Strasse that leads east from Market square.
A few steps from the Market square you'll see Cafe Wien with its very beautiful facade, a pastry shop since 1897, which is the oldest house in that street - built in 1529 right after a big fire.
Some steps ahead you'll get to the relatively large Nikolai square, at the northern side the former hospital from 1851, now a school.
Probably the most beautiful townhouse in Wernigerode is the so called Krummel's house, constructed in 1674 for a merchant from Berlin. The facade of the two upper floors is completely decorated with excellent woodcarving works from that time. Take some time and watch the details. When the house was restored in 1875 a shop was built on the ground floor and that part of the facade got a new decoration, similar to the upper floors.
Another house worth a look is Krell's blacksmith's shop. You cannot miss it - there's a carved horse's head on the facade and next to it a - smaller - horseshoe. There's still a blacksmith's working in that house. He creates wonderful pieces so if you're looking for a souvenir or something to decorate your home then that's the place to go.
Of course, there's more to see in that street. Don't hesitate to walk through the open doors and see the backyards of the houses - many of them are very beautiful and have more shops, cafes/restaurants.