This beautiful picturesque medieval little town is located in the Harz Mountains (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). In the Middle Ages it was a very important royal and imperial town.
It is famous for its well preserved cobbled streets and more than 1300 half-timbered houses. It literally feels like walking through a fairy tale.
The old town together with the castle and the church were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1994.
WHAT TO DO:
-Walk around the old town and discover all the different colourful houses and beautiful corners that this town has to offer.
-On the main square you can find the beautiful Renaissance style City Hall (Rathaus), which is entirely made from stone and the Market Church St. Benedikti with the beautiful multi-style interior.
The City Hall (Rathaus) Market Church St. Benedikti
-Visit the Quedlinburg castle. Even though the castle itself is not so special like some other castles in Germany, as it sits on top of the hill in the middle of the town, you will have a beautiful view of the half-timbered houses from there.
-Visit the Church of St. Servatius (next to the castle). UNESCO considers this church an “architectural masterpiece of Romanesque art”.
-Find the “Fairy tale house”. That’s how we named it 🙂 . Because it looks kind of how we imagine the house of Hansel and Gretel (from the Brothers Grimm).
The exact location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gästezimmerfirstname.lastname@example.org,11.1359116,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47a5a3af0c61d2ab:0xadc00181480592af!8m2!3d51.7881409!4d11.1381003?hl=sk-IT
FOOD AND DRINKS:
-Try a local beer in the local brewery “Brauerei Lüdde”. It is not only a brewery but also a restaurant with the traditional local cuisine. The beautiful rustic interior deserves your attention too.
-After lunch have a piece of delicious cake in Vincent – Café & Käsekuchenbäckerei.
-Very cosy is also the terrace of Café Benedikt. Especially during autumn when you can sit outside covered in a blanket and drink some hot tea.
The accommodation starts from around 50 EUR/night and to be honest there are not many accommodation options in town. Most of them are just private apartments or guest rooms. If you are looking for a hotel we found Best Western Hotel Schlossmuhle Quedlinburg. Otherwise if you are staying in the region longer, you can stay outside of Quedlinburg. There are definitely more options.
The closest cities are Leipzig (1h15), Hannover (1h35), Dresden (2h), Berlin (2h30), Bremen (2h35) and Hamburg (2h45). You can get there by train or by car. We were very surprised how cheap the parking was as in most of the places in Germany is quite expensive. In Quedlinburg you can park for free in many streets or then the parking fee on the cheapest parking lot is around 2 EUR/day.
WHEN TO VISIT:
We think this town is beautiful at any time of the year. Just different. Germany is very famous for its charming Christmas Markets and Quedlinburg is not an exception. So visiting during Christmas period is magical! During spring and summer is also very beautiful as the town looks even more colourful because of the sunshine and there are blooming flowers all around the town. We visited in autumn and we also enjoyed just exploring those pretty streets. It also depends if you want to explore the entire Harz region and the National Park and what you want to do there. If it is hiking or skiing.
-The town is very small and can be easily visited in a day (or even a couple of hours). If you have more time and want to see more of the Harz region you can continue your journey to other beautiful towns, for example Wernigerode, Goslar and others.
-If you prefer to spend some time in the nature, visit the National Park of the Harz Mountains. Enjoy some of the attractions they offer like 1km Megazipline, Segwaytour, Wall running, Gigaswing or Titan RT – the longest suspension pedestrian bridge.
For more information about these attractions visit: https://www.harzdrenalin.de
-Take a unique ride in the old steam train with the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways (HSB) which takes you directly to the highest train station in Germany and the highest peak of the Harz Mountains – Brocken. It is one of the most scenic train routes in Germany.
For more information about the train routes visit the official website: https://www.hsb-wr.de
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