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Stolberg (Harz)
BIRTHPLACE OF THOMAS MÜNTZER

Birthplace of Thomas Müntzer

Stolberg (Harz)

Stolberg is the place where Thomas Müntzer, a theologian and leader of the peasant uprisings which would engulf Central Germany, was born in 1489. The minting of coins had a long tradition in the town by the time Thomas was born. This is made evident by his surname Müntzer which signifies ‘coiner’ in English. Martin Luther came to Stolberg on 21 April 1525 and preached against the revolting peasants from the pulpit of St. Martin’s Church. On 2 May 1525, the same rebellious peasants managed to force their way into the town and compelled Count Botho of Stolberg to accept their demands. On a hillside overlooking the city stands the so-called Luther Beech (Lutherbuche) tree memorial. Legend has it that in 1525, on the Friday after Easter, Luther and his friend William Reifenstein went on a hike in the mountains near Stolberg. The beech tree marks the spot where the two of them were supposed to have looked down upon the city. It is said that Luther used the occasion to compare Stolberg’s townscape to a bird, describing Stolberg Castle (Schloss Stolberg) as its head, the market square as its rump and the three alleys leading to it as its wings and tail respectively.

Experience Stolberg (Harz) erleben

The spectacular landscape of the Southern Harz region and medieval charm of the town of Stolberg and its half-timbered houses offer plenty of sightseeing options – Stolberg is a lovely destination for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the history of Central Germany. Many prominent individuals who were born in Stolberg or visited, lived or worked here have left their mark on the history of Europe. Thomas Müntzer is one of them.

The town church in Stolberg features a glass window containing an image of Martin Luther as well as paintings of both Luther and Melanchthon. On the site of the house where Thomas Müntzer was born – the original burned down in 1851 – in what is now called Thomas-Müntzer-Alley, stands Thomas Müntzer House (Thomas-Müntzer-Haus). A commemorative plaque on a modern half-timbered house honours the theologian and former leader of a peasant uprising.

Tourist information
of Stolberg (Harz)

Markt 2
06536 Südharz / OT Stolberg

Phone: +49 (0)34654 454
Mail: info@tourismus-suedharz.de

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www.stadt-stolberg.de
www.tourismus-suedharz.de
www.stolberger-museen.de
www.stolberger-schloss.de

Mythos / Legende
Kirche
Sonstiges
Museum

What to see in Stolberg (Harz)

Old coins and a castle

Museum "Old Mint"

The "Alte Münze" ("Old Mint") museum offers both information on the life of Thomas Müntzer and a historic mint that is the only one of its kind to be found in Europe. The production of coins is demonstrated on fully functional historical machines. The museum of local history, called the "Small House of Burgesses" ("Kleines Bürgerhaus"), is typical of the late Gothic style. Its exhibitions offer visitors an insight into everyday items and into other testimonials of home furnishing style from the seventeenth to nineteenth-centuries.

opening times

November to April
Monday to Sunday and public holidays 10:00 to 16:00
31.12. 10:00 to 15:00

May until October
Monday to Sunday and public holiday 10:00 to 17:00

contact information

Museum "Alte Münze"
Niedergasse 17/19
06536 Südharz OT Stolberg (Harz)

Phone: +49 (0)34654 85960

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Stolberg Castle

Stolberg Castle, originally constructed in the thirteenth-century and formerly the residence of the princes and counts of Stolberg, stands above the town on a hill with steep drops on three of its sides. The view that visitors have over the southern Harz range from the Große Auerberg (579m) is one-of-a-kind. Atop its peak stands a wooden observation tower, the so-called Joseph Cross, which was built in neo Gothic style in the form of a double cross.

opening times

December to March
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 11.00-16.00

April to October
Tuesday to Friday 11.00-16.00
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11.00-17.00

contact information

Tourismus Information Stolberg Harz
Niedergasse 17
06536 Südharz / OT Stolberg

Phone: +49 (0)34654 454 and 19433
Mail: info@stadt-stolberg.de

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