Quedlinburg

Roofs of Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg is a town in the Harz Mountains, of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Understand

Quedlinburg, located on the northern boundary of the Harz Mountains National Park, it was once at the centre of the German Empire. Today it is one of Europe's best preserved medieval renaissance towns. It features a rare combination of ancient and modern historical treasures. In 1992 it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Almost all of the buildings in the town centre are timber framed, some dating back to the 16th Century. It is a sight not to be missed, walking through the narrow alleys and streets around the town square and seeing all the colourful painted old houses. In the innermost parts of the town a wide selection of timber framed buildings from at least five different centuries are to be found, including a 14th century structure, one of Germany's oldest. Fortunately Quedlinburg did not suffer too much damage during WW2 and preservation orders were put on a large number of these properties. If you wish to learn more about the timber framed buildings of the region, a trip to the Fachwerkmuseum Standebau in one of Germany's oldest half timbered houses (1310) is a must.

A highlight of Quedlinburg is the castle (schlossberg) perched above the city, of which the centre piece is the recently restored baroque Blue Hall (blue Halle).

Get in

By plane

The nearest main airport is Hanover International Airport (IATA: HAJ) (57 km). Alternatively you could use either of Berlin's airports (Tegel IATA: TXL and Schönefeled IATA: SXF the code for Berlin as a whole as well as the new airport (if and when it opens) is IATA: BER) (216 km) and make your way to Quedlinburg by car or train.

By train

Quedlinburg can best be accessed by regional trains from Hanover or Berlin. From Hanover the train will go via Halberstadt, taking approximately 3 hr 20 mins. From Berlin you will go via Madgeburg, taking approximately 4 hrs. There are other routes with differing changes, but these are the simplest.

By road

Quedlinburg is located on the B6n dual carriageway that runs along the northern edge of the Harz from west to east. The B6n branches off the A7 motorway near Goslar and the A395 motorway (branches off the A2) from Braunschweig to Vienenburg.

By bus

The local bus services offer various routes around the local area. Various long distance buses also serve the city.

Get around

TIP: The HarzTourCard enables you to travel by bus, train and narrow gauge train (only Schierke–Brocken) as much as you like within three days. It cost from 18 €, family: 34,50 €. Go to www.insa.de or the local tourist information.

See

Relatively untouched by World War Two, the old town and the castle mount and collegiate church in Quedlinburg are listed on UNESCO's register of World Heritage Sites, and the town itself is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval and Renaissance towns. The town's medieval buildings are worth a visit: its half-timbered buildings represent at least five different centuries (including one of Germany's oldest, from the 14th century). Around the edges of the old town are late 19th and 20th century examples of Jugendstil buildings.

The Harzer Schmalspurbahnen Selketal branch of the historic steam narrow gauge railway was extended into Quedlinburg from Gernrode in 2006, giving access to Alexisbad and the high Harz plateau.

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Museums

Galleries

Do

Tours in English: Available upon request in advance to Quedlinburg Information Center. Individual City Guides: Audio guides available in English and Japanese from the Quedlinburg information Center

Events

Buy

There are no big shopping centres in the immediate vicinty of Quedlinburg. Instead they pride themselves on the numerous little curio shops selling everything from arts and handicraft, to antique shops, offering a wide choice of objects to suit every taste. Visitors looking for attractive articles, small gifts and unique home accessories will be able to discover what they are looking for in Quedlinburg. Many of these shops are housed in beautiful medieval properties, dotted all over the city centre. Alongside this historical ambience, there are any number of new shops too with items representing the latest in modern shopping tastes.

Eat

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Splurge

Drink

Interspersed among all the numerous shops and boutiques are any number of small cafes and bars. Many of these in the summer, spill out onto the cobbled streets, allowing their customers the opportunity to soak up the amazing historical atmosphere and watch the world go by. In contrast there are also modern bars to cater for the younger members of the Quedlinburg society.

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Connect

For further information on Quedlinburg go to www.thisisharz.com/quedlinburg

Go next

Quedlinburg is ideally situated on the edge of the Harz Mountains, with its dramatic gorges and mountainous landscapes, waiting to be explored by hikers and bikers alike. The 'Romanesque Road' recounts dynasties and events from German and European history going back over a thousand years. Many Romanesque edificies can be found in the immediate vicinity of Quedlinburg, which bear witness to this history.


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