Despite its long history of development, the buildings of Stolberg’s old town present a homogeneous style without being monotonous; it is a coherent historical retrospective.
Along with the 12th-century castle complex, there are so many other buildings and squares to explore.
Perhaps the defining feature of the old town is the local limestone. This midnight blue stone can be seen in the window and door frames, wall edges and all manner of building accents, making a bold statement throughout the street scene; yet, each house has so many unique touches to discover.
The old town encircles the southern and western sides of the castle rock, and its main access routes are the Burgstraße, Schartstraße, Klatterstraße and Enkereistraße. Though they may look to us like twisty little alleyways, until the end of the 19th century these were the main thoroughfares into the town.
Walk down the Klatterstrasse to find the oldest surviving half-timbered house in Stolberg. The building at number 12 dates from the 18th century and was once a brewery. A little below the bridge over the Vichtbach, a channel was dug to send water off the river through a weir and straight into the cellar of the brewery, to keep the storage room cool.
Directly on the banks of the Vicht you will find Offermann-Platz, built around 1760 as part of a textile-maker’s estate. Today, the quarrystone house you see here is a residential complex with inner courtyard. The courtyard is open to the public, and invites you to linger and absorb the authentic old-town atmosphere.