The UNESCO-listed town
Quedlinburg is located about 85
km southeast of
north to the Harz mountains (former DDR). It is
known since the early 9th century. Its rise was closely connected with its convent,
established in 936 by the first German Emperor Otto I.
Converted into a castle it still stands proudly on top
of a sandstone hill overlooking the town. Fortunately,
Quedlinburg survived the war
undamaged and was valued by the DDR. So, its
cobblestone streets are still lined with over 1300 half-timbered
buildings that date back several centuries.
You arrived in Quedlinburg after a 1-hour-bus trip
and started with a guided walking tour through the
historic parts of the city (Altstadt)
and around the castle mount. Your tour finished at
where you had the chance to taste the legendary
flavour “Pubarschknall”. After lunch there was a guided tour through
Cathedral St. Servatius
the cathedral treasure.
From Quedlinburg it's 30 km to
another charming town at the foot of the Harz mountains
which is home to hundreds of half-timbereded houses and
topped with a castle, dating back to 1861. At the market
place in front of the fine old town hall with a timber
façade from 1498 you enjoyed your coffee-break.