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Aletta Jaeckel

My name is Aletta Jaeckel. I am originally from the Netherlands. I live and work in Germany since 1994. Since 2011 I work as a city guide in Wernigerode and have expanded this offer over the years to the cities of Halberstadt, Goslar and Quedlinburg. In 2019, Wolfenbüttel has been added.

I also guide groups on day trips or overnight tours through the Harz and its surrounding regions. I love to tell about the impressive history of central Germany, about the beautiful architectural movements, such as the Romanesque style or Bauhaus, or about the art in churches and other places.

Guided tours and city walks are offered in German, English and Dutch. Please ask for the possibilities of a day trip or overnight arrangement. Below are a number of city walks and day trips. Of course, I am also happy to help you put together a suitable programme for your group individually, which I will accompany as a guide.

City walks and guided tours in Halberstadt

1200 years of history

in the former diocese of Halberstadt

1200 History in Halberstadt – From Diocese to Reconstruction

The former diocese of Halberstadt has not had an easy time over the centuries. As a bishopric, it was in constant competition with Magdeburg. The Reformation was delayed and pushed through in 1591 by Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. An ancestor of the Guelphs. And after the 30-year war – during which a.o. the protestant administrator Christian of Brunswick -Wolfenbüttel was mostly absent – it was definitely over with the diocese. Christian joined the army of Maurice of Orange. His strategy in Fleurus meant the relief of Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands. However, Christian was so severely wounded here that he lost an arm and probably died as a result. The bombing of Halberstadt on 8 April 1945 destroyed 80% of the city. The ‘Altstadt’ remained. former town centre was rebuilt after the GDR between 1996 and 1998.

During the city tour, you will visit the new and old part of the city and – depending on the opening hours – you will have the opportunity to take a look at the cathedral.

Price: 90 EUR per group | city walk | approx. 1,5 – 2 hours
incl.: city walk and introductions to the sights | excl.: entrance fees

Tip: you can also book the city walk as a bus tour with a modified route.

Cathedral and its Treasure

probably one of the largest church treasures in Europe, which is kept in its original place.

Splendour and Solemnity in the Cathedral and its Treasure

With around 1,000 objects, tapestries and garments, the Cathedral Treasure of Halberstadt is probably the largest church treasure in Europe – after the Vatican – to be kept in its original place of use.

In about 1.5 hours, you will experience more about the gothic cathedral – where George Clooney filmed for his film ‘The Monuments Men’ in 2013 – and the cathedral treasure. You will see unique pieces. Including tapestries from the period around 1150 and 1170.

Price: 11 EUR per person | guided tour in the cathedral and cathedral treasure | approx. 1.5 hours
Note: minimum 12 persons or 132 EUR. The fee is to be paid at the site. The maximum number of persons per group is currently 15 (due to the Corona pandemic).

Number of English speaking guides: 2

Jewish Halberstadt

with the Berend Lehmann Museum in the Mikwe, the Klaus Synagogue and the more than 300-year-old Jewish cemeteries.

800 Years of Jewish History in Halberstadt

In 1261, the first Jews were registered through the diocese of Halberstadt. Over a period of about 800 years, a large and significant community grew up in the north of the Harz mountains. Among others, the court Jew Berend Lehmann worked for various royal houses, but especially Augustus II the Strong in Dresden was an important customer. But also the neo-orthodoxy in Judaism has its origin in Halberstadt through Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer. During the city walk and a visit to the Berend Lehmann Museum of Jewish History and Culture, you will discover more about the Jewish history of Halberstadt and its influence on other places.

Halberstadt has several cemeteries. During a guided tour a maximum of two cemeteries can be visited. Not on Friday afternoons and Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

Price: 7 EUR per person | city walk and museum | approx. 1,5 hours
Price: 9 EUR per person | city walk, museum and max. 2 cemeteries | approx. 2,5 hours

Please note: minimum 10 persons or 70/90 EUR. The fee is to be paid at the site.

Number of English speaking guides: 2

As slow as possible!

639 Years John Cage at the Burchardi Church

The Slowest Piece of Music in the World!

When the German composer and organist Gerd Zacher asked John Cage to compose a piece for him for organ, Cage – to put it mildly – made an easygoing job of it. Cage rewrote one of his piano pieces for organ and indicated the tempo of the piece with ASLSP² – as slow as possible – and the ² standing for the fact, that this was the second version of his piece. When in 1998 musicians, theologians and philosophers met in Trossingen in the south of Germany, the ASLSP² version was debated, because how slow is slow.

Why the piece lasts 639 years and is played in Halberstadt – of all places – you will find out during a visit and tour at the Burchardi Church.

Price: 5 EUR per person | guided tour in the Burchardi Church | approx. 1 hour
Note: minimum 10 persons or 50 EUR. The fee is to be paid at the site.

Number of English speaking guides: 2

City Walks and Guided Tours in …


About Kings, Emperors and 1000 years of Mining

Kings, emperors, admirals – Goslar saw them all!

Everyone would like to own a “gold mine”. The town of Goslar was lucky! In 968 ore was discovered in the Rammelsberg. This made mining possible for over a 1000 years. A landmark of Goslar is the Imperial Palatinate, which was built around 1040-1050. Several emperors visited the palace with their court. The half-timbered town and Rammelsberg were one of the first sights in Germany to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On a city tour you will experience what the “Walk to Canossa” has to do with Goslar. We will walk along the typical half-timbered houses of Goslar at the little river Gose, beautiful patrician houses, the house of the Siemens family (yes, the one of the household appliances), the Hospital of 1254 (except monday and tuesday) and with a bit of luck we can listen to the carillon on the market square (daily at 9:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00).

Price: 150 EUR per group | city walk | approx. 1.5 – 2 hours
incl.: city walk and introductions to the sights | excl.: entrance fees


UNESCO World Heritage Site

Half-timbered houses, Ottonians and Germany’s first king

Quedlinburg is the smallest of the three “big” towns in the northern Harz region, after Wernigerode and Halberstadt. The city was founded at the beginning of the 10th century when Henry the Fowler gave the castle hill to his wife Mathilde. After the death of Germany’s first king, his son Otto I the Great built an abbey here for his mother, where prayers for Henry I were held around the clock. The women’s abbey was mainly inhabited by women from the highest noble circles. Since 1994, Quedlinburg has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 1,500 half-timbered houses have been preserved in the city. On a city walk, we will pass five centuries of half-timbered buildings, including the half-timbered museum in the “Ständerbau” and through the shoemakers’ alley. We will pass through the “Hölle, Pölle and Stieg” and walk to the foot of the Schlossberg. Then we go up the mountain to the collegiate church. From here you have a wonderful view of the town and the surrounding area.

Price: 150 EUR per group | city walk | approx. 2 hours
incl.: city walk and introductions to the sights | excl.: entrance fees

Tip: combine a city walk in Quedlinburg with a visit to the collegiate church.


The true beginning of the Dutch Royal Familie

Juliana, Thomas Müntzer and the German Peasants’ War

Stolberg is rather small but so beautiful! High above the town is the castle where Juliana van Stolberg was born in 1506 as the true matriarch of the Dutch royal family. Juliana was the mother of William of Orange, born in Nassau at the river Lahn. However, he is often seen as the matriarch of the Dutch royal family. Juliana had a total of 17 children, whom she brought into many European noble families through a suitable marriage policy.

Juliana’s time was also the time of the Reformation, of Martin Luther and of the Peasants’ War led by the Stolberg theologian Thomas Müntzer.

Come along on a city walk through one of the smallest towns in the Harz, but with an impressive history and special half-timbered houses, such as the town hall on the market square.

Price: Bookable in combination with a day trip | city walk | approx. 1 hour


The colourful town in the Harz Mountains

Wernigerode – The Colourful Town in the Harz Mountains!

The town of Wernigerode is one of the most visited places in the Harz. On a city walk, you will discover more about its history. The counts of Stolberg-Wernigerode ruled over the city for a long time. The town was wealthy due to its strategic location on trade routes in all directions. Fateful fires destroyed the town several times, but Wernigerode always managed to rebuild itself.

Price: 120 EUR per group | city walk | approx. 1,5 hours
incl.: city walk and introductions to the sights | excl.: entrance fees


Reformation and Luther | Cranach and Art

Reformation! Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora, Cranach, Melanchthon and Müntzer

“It seems that I have arrived at the end of the world”. This is how Martin Luther experienced his first visit to Wittenberg in 1511. Six years later, he committed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church. The reformation of the church could now really take place. Several factors and persons played an important role in this. Over 100 years before Luther, the Bohemian professor Jan (Johannes) Hus was already a precursor of the Reformation. With the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in the middle of the 15th century, pamphlets and books could now more quickly proclaim Luther’s word. The role of the painters Lucas Cranach the elder and the younger should not be underestimated. Through the paintings the word became visible for those who could not read. Without Katharina von Bora – Luther’s wife – the Reformation under Luther was even unthinkable!

An English city walk can be ideally combined with a visit to the Luther House and the panonorama “Luther 1517”. You can easily arrange a day programme in Wittenberg this way.

Price: 250 EUR per group | 1 day
inclusive: city walk and introductions to the sights | exclusive: entrance fees


Poets and Thinkers, Dukes and Jägermeister

About Dukes, German Poets and Thinkers and the Enlightenment

A city walk in Wolfenbüttel is a journey through the history of the Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg, the Reformation and the Enlightenment. The main church Beatae Mariae Virginis is considered the first large Protestant church in the world and was built by Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. The noble family resided at the castle in the style of the Renaissance. Later on the German poet Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, one of the most important writers from the period of the Enlightenment, lived in this castle. Here in Wolfenbüttel Lessing wrote one of his most important and last works: Nathan the Wise. The origins of this piece can be found in his friendship with Moses Mendelssohn, who played an important role in the Haskala – the Jewish Enlightenment.

Tip: combine Wolfenbüttel with Halberstadt, where Henry Julius was bishop and where Lessing and Mendelssohn belonged to Gleim’s circle of literary friends.

Price: 150 EUR per group | city walk | approx. 1 hour
Price: 250 EUR per group | day programme (combination e.g. Wolfenbüttel and Halberstadt)
including: city walk and introductions to the sights | excluding: entrance fees


A few tips for a day trip with a theme

  • The Harz “from below and above” | By steam train to the Brocken (1142 m) and visit one of the many caves or mines in the Harz.
  • Visit prehistoric discoveries in Saxony-Anhalt, such as the Sky Disc of Nebra, the Solar Observatory of Goseck and the Ring Shrine of Pömmelte.
  • Along the former border between West and East Germany
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