The former official residence of the Guelph court, a lively halftimbered town between the Lüneburg Heath und the Harz mountains, greets you with a wealth of history and the comfort of a cosmopolitan and friendly town.
Marvel at the nostalgic old town with its over 600 half-timbered houses, magnificent churches, the opulent palace, the world-renowned Duke August Library, and Lessing’s house: unique in Lower Saxony.
The Guelph dynasty was the main force that shaped the town and its present day appearance. Wolfenbüttel was home to the court of the highly cultured art-loving dukes of Braunschweig and Lüneburg for over 400 years. Wolfenbüttel was the first renaissance
town in Germany to be built according to the dukes’ plans.
During their reign, the ambitious dukes engaged the best master builders and town planners of their time. Their creations include majestic buildings such as the Palace, the Armoury (Zeughaus), St Mary’s Church, and countless houses for court officials. Outstanding artists, writers and composers, such as Lessing, Praetorius, Leibniz, Busch and Casanova also lived and worked in Wolfenbüttel. Today, the town is mainly known throughout the world for the “Jägermeister” digestif. What better place to enjoy this herbal liquor than in its birthplace!