Hotel Weißer Hirsch is the oldest inn in Wernigerode, dating from 1761. It was founded as Pfeiferscher Gasthof but had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1847. The lobby of the hotel has some great pictures and information about the history of the hotel. The hotel is run by the Wieland family and is part of the Ringhotels chain in Germany. It sits in a prime position in Wernigerode, just adjacent from the historic Rathaus in the Marktplatz. We have found that, in some of these areas in the old East Germany, it is less likely that people speak English. My husband speaks some German, so he attempted German when we checked in. The people at the front desk spoke English but were so gracious about speaking German slowly and helping my husband along so he could work on his German. We found every person at the front desk to be friendly and most helpful.
The room had two single beds together (fairly standard in Germany) and a small sitting area. It was large and clean, but a little dated. It was comfortable, and our room looked out over the side street across from a Chinese restaurant and some other small shops.
Breakfast, which was included in the price, was served in the hotel’s restaurant on the first floor. The breakfast spread was incredible. There were so many different things to choose from that you could have eaten here for a week and not had the same breakfast. We did not go away hungry.
Parking at the back of the hotel can be tricky. There is a small above-ground area and then another area underground. Both times we stayed here, it was completely full at night. The first time we stayed here, we had to park in a tiny little space that wasn’t actually a parking space. I can’t believe we actually got in and out of the spot without damaging the Porsche that was parked next to us—a miracle indeed.
Overall, I highly recommend this hotel, if only for the location. It is located right in the middle of the old town and it is convenient to take transportation up to the castle (horse and buggy or a motorized trolley). There is also a train station, Bahnhof Wernigerode-Westerntor, nearby that takes you on the narrow-gauge railway and links you with the DB train system, which will take you anywhere you want to go.
by UK Flower Girl
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 19, 2005
From journal Wernigerode in Germany's Harz Mountains