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Wernigerode

city, Saxony-Anhalt Land (state), central Germany. It lies at the confluence of the Holtemme and Zillierbach rivers, north of the Harz Mountains and southwest of Magdeburg. First mentioned in 1121 and chartered in 1229, it joined the Hanseatic League in 1267. In 1429 it became the seat of the counts of Stolberg, later the counts of Stolberg-Wernigerode. The old castle (first mentioned in 1213) houses a feudal museum. Many old timber-framed buildings, including the town hall (1494-98), survive. The city is a road and rail junction, tourist centre, and vacation resort. Goods produced locally include electric motors, gears, aluminum, pharmaceuticals, and alcoholic beverages. Pop. (2003 est.) 34,642.

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