Side note: Jonathan was one of my first friends here in Wolfenbüttel. We shared an office, were the only two fellows who stayed in Wolfenbüttel over Christmas, I could hear him walking around in his apartment directly above mine, and he actually finished and submitted his doctoral dissertation right in front of my very eyes (and has since successfully defended it). So it was super sad to see him go, but we all have to trust our paths will cross again some day.
So we headed to Wernigerode to 1) check out an embroidery I recently discovered is still in a small church there, 2) hike up to the castle on the mountain, and 3) eat Harzer käse fondu (Harz cheese fondu). Two out of three ain't bad.
|Wernigerode Rathaus (City Hall)|
|The Brockenbahn is a stem-engine train that rides up the Harz mountains!|
Next on the agenda was to hike up to the Schloss. The Schloss in Wernigerode sits atop a peak of the Harz mountains and looms over the entire town. It is visible from almost anywhere in Wernigerode, so we didn't have a hard time finding it! It is a long, steep climb to the top! We were already sucking wind and feeling our legs burning when a chipper German coming down the mountain basically said, "Still a long way to climb!" Thanks. After a couple break to "look at the scenery," we finally made it to the top! Beautiful views of the entire town!!!
|Jonathan contemplating life and the scenery of Wernigerode...|
You can also go inside the Schloss, which is mostly preserved in its "original" state from the 1800's. We wandered from room to room, and marveled at the fact that anyone actually lived like that.
|An armoured eagle... You know... The usual.|
|Damask wall-paper and parquet ceilings|
|Just a subtle coat of arms in the dining hall... held by a large buck...|
We walked around town a bit more after eating, saw another cool church that happened to be open (though they were trying to close and kicked us out), and had some coffee and kuchen (duh) before heading back to the train station, and then rumbling back to Wolfenbüttel. The next week we had to say goodbye to Jonathan as he returned home to Chicago to defend his dissertation and get settled back into life in the US. We miss you, Jonathan!! "WE DID IT!"
|Noli me Tangere|
|Flying Nun Headdress?|
|Stigmata on Christ's Hand, Detail of Noli me Tangere|
|Detail of patterning|
|Hair in Klosterstich|