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Driving to Schindelbruch via Stolberg already makes you arrive with sparkling eyes. The charm of the half-timbered house town is just irresistible: romantic streets and alleys, with luscious green hills and forests directly behind and high above everything: Stolberg castle. As a historic treasure Stolberg is the first and yet only historic “Europastadt” in Germany. It is located on the German “Fachwerkstraße” (half-timbered house alley), is a recognized climatic spa and not least well known for being the birthplace of Thomas Müntzer.

The town’s landmark is the castle which is located on a mountain sloping down on three sides and whose oldest component, the round tower, was built in 1200. The newer part was built in renaissance style between 1539 and 1547. The castle got its present shape thanks to modifications made between 1690 and 1700. The south-eastern wing contains the “Red Hall”, a huge neo-classical reception room designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Until dispossession in 1945, the castle was owned by the Prince of Stolberg-Stolberg family. Currently it is being reconstructed comprehensively by the “Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz” (German Foundation for Monument Protection).

The city hall of Stolberg is an architectural curiosity dating back to 1454: it has no stairway! The upper levels of the house were reached by an outside staircase which also led to the late Gothic church St. Martini. On 21st April 1525 Martin Luther preached here against the peasants uprising. The three-naved 13th century basilica is going to be reconstructed comprehensively soon – a very complex project in this hillside location.

Vis-à-vis the city hall, visitors to Stolberg pass the 13th century “Saiger” tower which was named after the Saiger smeltery that was located next to it in the middle ages. The house of Thomas Müntzer’s birth, which partly burned down in 1851, is located in Niedergasse. In its direct neighborhood the “Alte Münze” museum mediates the Stolberg town history. The “Rittertor” (Knights Gate) is located on the western end of the Rittergasse as the only remaining medieval town gate in Stolberg.

Guests to Stolberg will also get their money’s worth with regard to culinary arts. The local specialties are the “Stolberger Lerchen”, savory sausages which are traditionally served with green cabbage and boiled potatoes. And even if you love sweets you will discover something special: the café or the FRIWI factory outlet – the bakery and confectionery shop in Niedergasse founded in 1891 and named by Friedrich Wilhelm Witte. The fresh cookies, petits fours, stollen and chocolates are famous far beyond the Harz mountains – and rightly so.