A Trip to Halle, Stolberg and Quedlinburg
On the invitation of Prince and Princess zu Stolberg-Stolberg, the partners of 20 Ambassadors to Berlin and a number of WiB Presidium members visited the historical town of Stolberg, known for its half-timbered buildings, in the Harz region. Mayor Ralf Rettig greeted the guests before they were led on a personal tour of the castle by Jost-Christian, Prince zu Stolberg. District Administrator Dr Angelika Klein was present at the ensuing ceremonial dinner in the Widow's Chambers of the castle.
WiB used the opportunity to acquaint participants with other places of interest in Saxony-Anhalt. The Director of the Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle, Prof. Dr Thomas Müller-Bahlke, expertly guided the Berliners through the former school and orphanage of August Hermann Francke (1663-1727). The historical building ensemble and collections of cultural and historical value have been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status. The guests lunched with Halle Mayor Egbert Geier, and were then guided on a walk through the historic trade town.
On the following day, the group visited the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town of Quedlingburg. Mayor Wolfgang Scheller joined the visitors for lunch, and then made entry into the Town Hall's historical ballroom possible. Everyone agreed that this trip through German history and glimpse into today's Saxony Anhalt was both enjoyable and informative. Halle, Stolberg and Quedlingburg have won new friends from around the world.