|Stadtteil of Ilsenburg|
Panorama of Darlingerode
|• Total||6.47 km2 (2.50 sq mi)|
|Elevation||265 m (869 ft)|
|• Density||370/km2 (950/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
It is situated at the northern edge of the Harz mountains between the well-known half-timbered town Wernigerode and Drübeck. The village has approximately 2.400 inhabitants, it consists of the southern part Darlingerode itself and the northern Altenrode.
The name of the village may sound strangely familiar, but "darling" isn't its root - it was known as Turincwartesrot in early medieval times, since a man called Turincwart settled down there and inherited or donated the place, buildings, mice and men to the monastery Fulda, between 780 and 820. Perhaps it was deserted for a long time - the first time we hear again of it is 1086, in a document of Burchard II, bishop of Halberstadt. This date is regarded as the foundation of the village, and consequently the 900-year-jubilee was celebrated in 1986.
It is assumed that Otto III, German king, held a court's day in Darlingerode. In 1517, Martin Luther visited Himmelpforten Abbey near the village. We know that for sure. It is said he debated with the head of his order, Johann von Staupitz, there about the so-called sale of indulgences. This may be a legend, nevertheless a memorial stone was erected 400 years later here. In 1525 the monastery was taken and nearly destroyed by rebellious peasants from Darlingerode and Wernigerode, the monks fled, returned for some decades, but left it in the end. Nowadays just some remains of the outer walls are to be seen. During the 30-year-war the inhabitants probably were connected with people who fled into the near woods and defied the German, Danish and Swedish soldiers, they were called Harzschützen (Link to German Wikipedia).
Darlingerode and mountain Brocken