Founded in the 16C by Duke Augustus the Young, it was the largest and most important library in 17C Europe. Still an invaluable treasure trove for scholars, it houses some 860,000 volumes. Among the priceless illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages is the 12C Helmarshausen Gospel, said to have belonged to Henry the Lion. Globes, maps and a portolan (marine map) provide interesting insights into the state of geographic knowledge in the 15C, 16C and 17C.
Address:Lessingplatz 1, 38300 Wolfenbüttel
Phone:+49 5331 8080
Price:5 € €
daily except Mon 10am-5pm - closed 1 Jan, Good Fri, 24-25 and 31 Dec