For those of you who don’t know – I have a little obsession with visiting UNESCO heritage sites. Not all of them I love, and not all of them are worth your time but Quedlinburg is absolutely 100% worth it, in fact it would be even if it were not a protected site. It is just so surreal!
So if you like me, I bet you are wondering …What is Quedlinburg? How do you even pronounce it??! Well, Quedlinburg (pronounced Keed-lyn-berg) is an exceptional preserved medieval European town filled with timber-framed buildings, churches, windy lane-ways and a castle on a hill… Admittedly all fairly standard for Europe, but the degree to which this has been preserved is astounding and like no where else! You feel like you have been transported back to when the town was a prosperous trading town since the Middle Ages, especially at the Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) and that at any moment a bard while break into tale or the city bells will announce invaders…Hmmm well maybe not but you get the idea!
Quedlinburg can best be accessed by regional trains from Hanover or Berlin, but being located in the Harz mountains (and the relative seclusion is part of the allure) it does take about 4 hours each way. I would recommend a one night, or two night stay as I did at the Hotel garni Am Dippeplatz, a gorgeous 13th century half-timbered house in the center of the old town, in one of the oldest streets of Quedlinburg (and one of the cheapest stays in town)!
When you come here you are instantly submerged in seven centuries of half-timbered architecture and more than a thousand years of German history and magic in this unique medieval town. The castle-hill and the Münzenberg, the Old Town and the historical New Town – There are so many significant sights here to draw you in and it is difficult to separate out of such a rich and diverse collection, but I will make an attempt below to convince you of why this should be on the stop for the next trip to Europe!
The New Town
The Old Town
Ok …So the last one is only in December but still, gives those on a winter get-away a reason of their own to come! This city is so incredible and perfect, photos can only show so much – When you are hear it feels like you are on a movie set, or a theme park. Its unbelievable that people actually live and work here every day, but they do! Its a bit of a secret treasure at the moment though, largely unknown outside of Germany so be sure to add this to your hit list of European ‘must-dos’ on your next trip and live it up like a medieval king!