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Stolberg in the Harz is a health resort in the state of Saxony-Anhalt . It now has 1536 inhabitants and is located 300 m above sea level. It is known as the ‘pearl of Southern Harz’.
The town of Stolberg was established in the year 1000 as a settlement for miners, mining in the area can be traced back to the year 794, where they used to mine for iron, copper, tin, silver and gold. However this was discontinued in the 17th Century.
On 2 May 1525 a rebellion took place under the leadership of Thomas Müntzer, this was known as the German Peasant war. They invaded the city and forced Count Botho of Stolberg to accept their demands, all demands were reversed shortly after.
The town was awarded to the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815, subsequently the town was administered in the Prussian Province of Saxony.
The half timbered houses which were designed in the Renaissance style can be dated back to the 15th Century, for this reason Stolberg was named the “Historical City of Europe”
At the beginning of the 20th Century tourists started to visit the town, which then became a resort in 1946.
- Leipzig Airport is east of Stolberg and is around 140km (roughly one hour and thirty minutes) and is 20km away from Leipzig city centre. There are a number of international and national flights that take place.
- From west (Göttingen): Take the A38 toward Leipzig/Halle then take exit 13 towards the B85 Stolberg. Continue until you see signs for L236 Stolberg/Harz this will continue onto the L237, follow the signs until you reach the town centre.
- from eas (Leipzig): Take the A38 towards Göttingen until you can turn onto the B85 Stolberg. Continue until you see signs for L236 Stolberg/Harz this will continue onto the L237, follow the signs until you reach the town centre
Stolberg (Harz) has its own train station, which is located near the city centre. The train conncects to Berga-Kelbra where you can then connect onto the Halle-Kassel line, this is a 218km track with a vast number of stops.
- By Foot due to the towns many small streets and alleyways it is best to explore by foot.
- By Taxi If your legs are tired from all the walking it is poosible to get a taxi from Neustadt 14, 03465 4479.
- By Bike There are a number of hotels in the town that offer bike rental if you prefer to explore by bike.
- the city hall dominates the central market place. It is a multi-storey half timbered house without its own stairs. There are replaced by a public way beside the house. Splendid paintings at the front shows the different trades of the city.
- The coffee maker museum in the hotel Beutel shows a multitude of old pots and cans, but there is also fresh coffee.
- The Old Mint Museum, Niedergasse 19, ☎ +4934654/85960, . Mon-Tue: closed, Wed-Fri: 10:00-12:30, 13:00-17:00, Sat/Sun/holidays 10:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00. This is based in one of the towns oldest buildings. The museum was completely renovated and you can now watch the master produce coins, which is completely unique in Europe.
- The Old Town House, Rittergasse 14, ☎ +4934654/85955. Is an original half timbered house where you can see what living conditions were like in 1470.
- Stolberg Castle, Schloßberg 1, ☎ +49 34654 85888 ([email protected]), . "Mon-Closed. The catsle stands on a sloping hill, the older parts of the castle were built aroun 1200, the newer parts were built in the style of the Renaissance 1539-1547. The Castle, former home of the Prince of Stolberg-Stolberg. The castle is going through a renovation at present but sightseeing may be possible with a reservation, phone: 03946 810030 (Helga Junge)
- Stolberg Rathaus (Town Hall), Markt, . This timber building was built in 1454. The bottom half of the building was previously used as a trade house whilst the second floor was used as a school.
- Stolberg is surrounded by forests. Different targets in near environment invite the guests to hike to them. The best hikes and destinations are presented at www.wandern-in-stolberg.de.
- Also located in the city is a modern swimming pool Thyragrotte with water chutes and saunas. phone: 034654/92110 Sun-Thu: 10:00-21:00; Fri/Sat 10:00-22:00.
- The Stolberger Lerchen (Stolberger larks) are not roasted songbirds, but a solid meal with roasted sausages and savoy cabbage.
- the Friwi cakes are legendary, taste good and are a good idea for a gift. store in the Niedergasse 21, Mon: 13:00-17:00, Thu - Sat: 9:00-18:00, Sun: 11:00 - 18:00.
- the Josephskreuz, is an iron construction held together by 100.000 rivets. Visitors, can enjoy the marvellous view over the mountains. opens daily 10:00-17:00. In case of thunderstorm, storm, freezing up, strong fog, rain or snow it remains closed. (distance: 5km)
- the Heimkehle, is one the the largest and most impressive caves of Germany. May - October daily 10:00-17:00; November-April daily 10:00-16:00. Guidances as required, in general each hour, at least 5 persons. (distance 9km)
- Kyffäuserdenkmal, historical building for german patriotism
- Panoramamuseum in Bad Frankenhausen biggest painting in Europe
- Rosarium in Sangerhausen', huge roses garden
- Bergwerksmuseum Grube Glasebach', old mine to explore
- Rübeländer Tropfsteinhöhlen', another nice cave
Stolberg is an ideal point of departure for excursions to the Harz mountains. You can explore bizarre rocks, rare plants, listen to stories from the time of Kings in their castles, visit mines, caves or take a journey on the old railway, Harzquerbahn.