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Quedlinburg

N 5147.332', E 118.511'
2013-07-13
http://www.quedlinburg.de
Our rating: 7.80
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Quedlinburg is called the reserve of German Fachwerk (half-timbered architecture). There are more then 1,300 half-timbered houses in the town, and this is the largest number in Germany. The town was lucky to escape the bombing during the World War II . The oldest house in East Germany dates back to the first half of the 14th century.

On the photos are not all most interesting houses. If you like Fachwerk, then you should include Quedlinburg in the program of your trip.

Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


The oldest house in East Germany (first half of the 14th century)
The oldest house in East Germany (first half of the 14th century) wikimedia.org / Jungpionier


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Red half-timbered house in Quedlinburg
Red half-timbered house in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Green house in Quedlinburg
Green house in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Interesting painted house
Interesting painted house Yuriy Buriak


The lower part of the house is rebuilt, but the upper part is original.
The lower part of the house is rebuilt, but the upper part is original. Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak

In addition to half-timbered houses you can find a huge number of beautiful 19th century villas. They were built during the period of economic prosperity. It became possible because of the flower and vegetable breeding tradition. This business still plays an important role in the town's economy, you will find shops with seeds everywhere.

Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg
Half-timbered houses in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Villa in Quedlinburg
Villa in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Villa in Quedlinburg
Villa in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Villa in Quedlinburg
Villa in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Commerzbank building
Commerzbank building Yuriy Buriak


Villa in Quedlinburg
Villa in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


District administration
District administration Yuriy Buriak


Music school
Music school Yuriy Buriak

There is also a castle in the town, a former monastery and an abbey. The abbey was founded in 936 by Otto I the Great, Duke of Saxony and King of Germany to perpetuate the memory of his father Henry the Fowler. Both his father and mother Matilda were buried in the crypt.

The cathedral, museum and crypt are open to visitors. In the cathedral find 2 small rooms with the main treasures of Quedlinburg. After World War II, one of the American soldiers took many valuable things to the USA. Among them were the 9th century Reliquarium (a beautiful box for the holy things) and Evangelistarium (a book with the text of the Gospel). They were discovered in 1987 and after a long trial returned to Quedlinburg in 1993. Now the treasures are stored in special capsules with constant temperature and pressure.

Exposition of the museum is not very large, but most items are really old. In the deepest room in the cave there is an exhibition dedicated to the Nazis, who used the cathedral for their ceremonies from 1937. Because of the crypt, I initially thought that they were trying to do the same things as in Wewelsburg, but I didn't find any such information.

Castle in Quedlinburg
Castle in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Castle in Quedlinburg
Castle in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Small park near the castle in Quedlinburg
Small park near the castle in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Interesting rock formations near the castle
Interesting rock formations near the castle Yuriy Buriak


View of Quedlinburg from the observation deck at the castle
View of Quedlinburg from the observation deck at the castle Yuriy Buriak


View of Quedlinburg from the observation deck at the castle
View of Quedlinburg from the observation deck at the castle Yuriy Buriak

Opposite the castle is the Münzenberg hill that offers the best views of the castle. Queen Matilda built a monastery here, but nowadays nothing left, only the walls. However, be sure to walk along the streets of Münzenberg. You will see a town within a town, a sort of a miniature half-timbered town.

Muenzenberg, the old part of the town
Muenzenberg, the old part of the town Yuriy Buriak


View of Muenzenberg
View of Muenzenberg Yuriy Buriak


Throughout the town you can find the remains of the town wall. Previously, the old town was surrounded by numerous towers, currently only 4 left. You can find them near the Castle Hotel (it's not near the castle, find it by the Watch Tower). There is an observation deck on one of the towers, you need to drop a 1 euro coin to get to the top.

Quedlinburg in the 17th century
Quedlinburg in the 17th century wikimedia.org / Nairem


Watch Tower
Watch Tower Yuriy Buriak


Stairs to the observation tower
Stairs to the observation tower Yuriy Buriak


Observation deck on the tower
Observation deck on the tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the observation deck
View from the observation deck Yuriy Buriak


Castle Hotel
Castle Hotel Yuriy Buriak


Castle Hotel
Castle Hotel Yuriy Buriak


Fountain in the courtyard of the Castle Hotel
Fountain in the courtyard of the Castle Hotel Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture in the courtyard of the Castle Hotel
Sculpture in the courtyard of the Castle Hotel Yuriy Buriak

More photos of Quedlinburg

St. Aegidii Church (1179)
St. Aegidii Church (1179) Yuriy Buriak


House with 12 windows, under each window is the Zodiac sign - Aries.
House with 12 windows, under each window is the Zodiac sign - Aries. Yuriy Buriak


House with 12 windows, under each window is the Zodiac sign - Leo.
House with 12 windows, under each window is the Zodiac sign - Leo. Yuriy Buriak


Someone doesn't like half-timbered houses :)
Someone doesn't like half-timbered houses :) Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures in Quedlinburg
Sculptures in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


Residents created a wire human figure.
Residents created a wire human figure. Yuriy Buriak


Coats of arms remained on many houses.
Coats of arms remained on many houses. Yuriy Buriak


The entire story is written on this house.
The entire story is written on this house. Yuriy Buriak


For some reason, a thermometer was put in such beautiful box.
For some reason, a thermometer was put in such beautiful box. Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures in Quedlinburg
Sculptures in Quedlinburg Yuriy Buriak


There are many flowers in the town
There are many flowers in the town Yuriy Buriak

Here you can download a brochure about the town in English.
And here are the maps of Quedlinburg.

Getting there: By train through Halberstadt, use bahn.de.

Tags, Germany: castle, city, monastery, observation deck

Tags, all countries: castle, city, monastery, observation deck
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