'Castle of Stolberg, Harz.'
The castle of Stolberg offers a pleasant view upon the most picture perfect town of the eastern Harz. Stolberg has no suburbs, survived all wars unscathed and has the best kept half-timbered houses of all towns in the former GDR. Even in communistic times the incoming roads were of flawless quality. One reason for this is that many secret service employees went on holiday here and government officials often chose this location to invite their high guests. But the main reason is that Thomas Müntzer was born here, leader of the farmers revolts of 1525. And therefore the first Great Revolutionary!
Four valleys and four ribbons of white half-timbered houses with orange roofs converge upon the market square with its unusual town hall dating from 1482. It has no stairs on the inside, forcing city employees outside when they want to go to another floor. Two panoramic paths surround the village, the Untere and the Obere Bandweg. The lower starts at the castle. Photo Paul Smit.