Public transport friendlyRound tripMulti-stage routeScenicRefreshment stops availableFamily friendlyCultural/historical valueBotanical highlightsDisability accessSuitable for strollers
The 1900 kilometres long pilgrim trail "VIA ROMEA", from Stade (close to Hamburg) to Rom, from Osterwieck to Wernigerode.
On small country roads through small villages of the foothills of the Harz Mountains, the tour goes steadily a little bit uphill. The highlight of the hiking tour is reached shortly before Wernigerode: the "Charlottenlust".
Very nice tour with a view of the distant "Brocken".
Best time of year
A small distance, in front of Berßel, we walk on a used country road.
Stephanikirchhof an der St.Stephani Kirche (Church graveyard Stephani, at the St. Stephani Church) (115 m)
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Rathaus Marktplatz Wernigerode (Town hall of Wernigerode, market square).
Starting point is the St. Stephani church in Osterwieck. Through a small alley, we come to "Mittelstraße" and continue on "Neukirchenstraße". After crossing the "Ilse" river on the road "Vor dem Neuenkirchtor", turn left into a field path. We follow this one for a long time. We follow the country road to Berßel for a short distance to turn right into a field path, just before the start of the village. In the course of this field path, we pass Berßel, to meet the river "Ilse" again at the end of the village. Along the "Ilse" (parallel to the "Ilseradweg"), we come to "Wasserleben". Going through "Wasserleben", we pass the old "Gutspark" and then come to the former monastery church. Continue through the village, along the "Ilse" to Veckenstedt. Continue along "Alter Stadtweg" towards "Charlottenlust". Here we have reached the highest point of our hike and have a nice view of Wernigerode and the Harz mountains, which are right in front of us. Down the hill we reach Wernigerode. In the centre, there is the town hall (worth seeing!) on the market square, where the hike ends.
Public transport friendly
Osterwieck does not have its own railway connection. The nearest train station is in Vienenburg. This station is located on the route of Braunschweig, Stapelburg, Halberstadt, Wernigerode and Ilsenburg.
There are regular bus connections to Halberstadt (lines 203, 219), Wernigerode (line 255) ,Ilsenburg (line 203, 255, 283) and to Vienenburg (line 203).
Osterwieck can be reached via the A395 and the B6. The corresponding road exits lead to Osterwieck on counry roads.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Giovanni Casselli, Thomas Dahms: Via Romea, Pilgerführer Stade - Mittenwald, Ostfalia-Verlag, Osterwieck, 2015. The entire pilgrim trail of the VIA ROMEA in Germany is described in 12 areas and in daily stages. Including general maps, instructions where to go, images and advice concerning sights and things worth seeing on the route. Order possible at: www.ostfalia-verlag.de