Vivid landscapes, exciting history, and a town that dresses up to welcome you makes Nordhausen a great place to visit and fall in love with. Endowed with a fascinating history built up of facts that sound far-fetched and anecdotal, Nordhausen has that special something that makes it unique and a little bit unreal to those who come expecting more of the same that they’ve already seen.
If you belong to that group prepare for an expedition into the Old Town to put the pep back into your trip and the bounce into your step as you enter a time far removed from the present. Reminders of its links with liquor and tobacco are everywhere.
The Museumsbrennerei or Historic Liquor Production and the Tabakspeicher or Tobacco Storage are to be found here and will tell you all about how it used to be. You will definitely hear stories of how Peter the Great of Russia employed local brewers to enhance the Russian vodka.
The Old Town Hall dating back to the 14th century is an archaic architectural gem that will enamour you with its artistry. The wooden figure of Roland has lots more to tell you if you have the time. The dark side of history has its monuments too, in the form of memorials such as the Mittelbau-Dora that is dedicated to the memory of war victims.
Nordhausen will not let you forget its rich history, for as you stroll further along the Old Town you will surely stop to admire the row of historic homes and shops along the old streets. Arranged artistically to embellish the view are gardens and well-maintained parks that burst forth in myriad colors. The best view is to be had from atop the Meyenburg Museum which is also where you’ll find pre-historic artifacts among other exciting stuff.
Of special interest would be the newer landmarks of the two giant Nordbrand liquor bottles standing side by side on the street. This is a popular grain liquor which, of course, you will try out while you’re there.
In the evenings Nordhausen comes alive in a display of arts and theater that will give you a first hand experience of the local culture. A number of restaurants and pubs in the Old Town offer great local cuisine and wine that makes dining out a memorable experience.
Lastly, be sure to get aboard the Harzquerbahn steam engine for a wonderful ride to the Harz Mountains.