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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 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: +493946 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.
- Coffee Museum, Rittergasse 77, ☎ +4934654 80941, . Mon-Tue Closed Wed-Sun 14:00-17:00. There are around 250 items for you to enjoy and see how coffee was produced from around the world with the oldest piece coming from aroun 1815. Entrance Free €5 for ne piece of cake and unlimited coffee or €7 for 2 pieces cake and unlimited coffee.
- St Martini Church, Am Markt, . This church is considered one of the most important buildings in Stolberg. It was built in the 12th Century and renovated in the 13th Century in the gothic style it is today. The organ was built in 1701/03 and has 1569 pipes.
- The Kights Lane, Rittergasse. This is know as the Knights Lane due to the historical nature, it is a must to walk down the road and be transported back to medieval times.
- Thomas Müntzer Monument, Am Markt. The monument was created by Klaus Messerschmidt to mark the 500th birthday of Thomas Müntzer.
- hike Stolberg is surrounded by forests so it is a good opportunity to go hiking and explore what the area has to offer. The best hikes and destinations can be found at www.wandern-in-stolberg.de Hiking.
- Thyragrotte adventure, Thyratal 5, ☎ +4934654 92110 ([email protected]). Sun-Thu: 10:00-21:00; Fri/Sat 10:00-22:00. Is known as a water park complete with sauna, steam room, solariam and reclining chairs for total relaxation.
- Anderswelt Theatre, Thyrahöhe 29, ☎ +4934 654 10 550, . Various different productions however, they will all be in German.
- 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.
- Joseph's Cross (Joseph's Kruez), Josephshöhe. Daily 10:00-17:00 or closed in poor weather conditions. This tower which was commissioned by Count Stolberg in 1823, however it had to be renovated in 1880 due to a lightning strike destroying much of the building due to it being made of wood. The cross was completely renovated again in 1989 and re-opened to the public in 2009. Itt is now made of steal and is 580m high which is the largest cross in the world, with some incredible views.
- 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.