Located 10 km south of Braunschweig, Wolfenbüttel is a relaxed historical town filled with half-timbered houses. It is one of the best preserved hsitorical towns in the northern half of Germany along with nearby Goslar and Quedlinburg. Wolfenbüttel is only an 8-minute train ride from Brunswick's Railway Station (ICE line between Cologne/Düsseldorf and Berlin), which makes it the most accessible of the three.
Wolfenbüttel Palace, former residence of the Dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, has remarkable Baroque state apartments.
Just opposite is the Herzog August Library, one of the world's greatest reference libraries, boasting 900,000 volumes, a third of which printed between the 15th and the 18th century. Among them, the 12th-century Gospels of Henry the Lion was once the world's most expensive book, purchased by the German government at Sotheby's in London for £8,140,000 (roughly $15 million) in 1983.
Opening Hours & Admission
Wolfenbüttel Palace is open all year-round, daily (except Mondays) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry 4:30 pm).
Admission costs 3.5 € for adults, 1 € for young people, and free for children until 12 years old.
The Herzog August Library has the same opening hours as the palace. Admission is free.
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