The 1025-year-old Osterwieck lies in the Ilse Valley between Great Fallstein in the North and the Harz in the South.
Magnificent half-timbered houses from various eras like the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque as well as the Lower Saxon style, shape the image of the old town. Many of the houses are decorated with beautiful carvings and inscriptions. Probably, the oldest house dates from 1480.
This, in its unique compactness, half-timbered houses along side over 400 others, are valid to the most treasured of the new federal states of Germany and has given the town its name "Pearl of Saxony-Anhalt".
Of particular interest is also the 12th century St. Stephanie Church with its 53m and 54m high Romanesque Gothic towers and the 500-year-old altar. Situated along the Romantic Road the church is today the symbol of the town.You can find a comprehensive insight into the history of the town in the History Museum, which is in the town hall, which was built in 1554. The museum is home to interesting exhibits from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, as well as remarkable pieces of the various epoch of the town.
For young and old, from May to September you can cool down and have fun in the outdoor lido in Osterwieck with a large water pool, diving tower and sunbathing area. It leaves nothing to be desired.The beautiful scenery around the Great Fallstein, the Bismarck tower on the Kirchberg plateau and the location along the Green Belt make Osterwieck an interesting destination for hikers and cyclists.