Quedlinburg is connected to the German railway network and hence reachable easily from all over Germany. From the railway station it's about 15 minutes to walk.
Motorway A 7, take the exit no. 66 'Rhüden' and follow the federal highways B 82, B 6 and later B 79 to Quedlinburg. There are parking grounds in walking distance.
You come from Berlin? Then take a long distance bus (Fernreisebus) from ZOB (Funkturm) to the Harz which stops at the Quedlinburg bus station. From here it's 15 minutes to walk.
Take an Intercity train to Magdeburg from the Leipzig/Halle airport. Here change train to a regional train to Quedlinburg. From the railway station it's approx. 15 minutes to walk.
A half-timbered fairy tale – this isn't an exaggeration at all: more than 1,300 half-timbered houses can be found in the narrow alleyways of Quedlinburg, one more beautiful than the other.
Quedlinburg is a small town (approximately 25,000 citizens) in the western part of Saxony-Anhalt, located north of the Harz mountains. It was chartered more than thousand years ago, and between the 10th and 12th centuries it was home of a royal palace: the German kings visited Quedlinburg annually on Easter. Furthermore, the 'Stift Quedlinburg' (a St. Mary's convent) hat its domicile here for more than 900 years.
The relicts of the Mid Age eras are preserved well even today, and 1994 the historic city center was entirely opted fo be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking over cobblestoned and winding alleys, the visitor can view the half-timbered houses from 6 different centuries. At least 1 % of these houses (11 houses) was built before 1530, another 70 (5 %) between 1531 and 1620, more than 439 (33 %) between 1621 and 1700, more than 552 (42 %) between 1700 and 1800, and 255 (19 %) in the 19th and 20th century. Another 20 buildings could be identified to have been built between the 13th and 15th century.
In sum, this are 1,327 half-timbered houses, and more than 1,200 of them are landmarked! 2/3 of all Quedlinburg houses are considered formative for the townscape.
The list of cultural monuments in Quedlinburg is long, very long! The following list is just a limited selection of the most important ones:
• The Guild House 'Zur Rose' – built in 1612
• The so-called 'Börse' (bourse, exchange) – built in 1683
• The former guesthouse 'Weißer Engel' – built in 1623, with 11 beautiful reliefs made of stucco
• The 'Kaufmannshof' – built in 1660
• The former city hall – built of stone in the 13th century, with a statue of "Roland the colossus"
The former city fortification is preserved well, too. Its major part is visible already from a distance. 11 watchtowers are in a good shape, and the biggest and most sinister one is the "Schreckensturm" ("horror tower") for sure, with dungeon and torture chamber. Other towers are in personal property and cannot be viewed. Others are in a bad shape and have to be rebuilt before they can be opened to the public.
A couple of romanesque churches - especially the 'Stiftskirche' (convent church) of the St. Mary's convent - are to be viewed as well.
The 'Brühlpark' is a 15 hectare large parkway for a perfect recreation after an exhausting sightseeing tour. It's landscaped as well, and it is a part of the project "Gartenträume Sachsen-Anhalt" (Garden Dreams Saxony-Anhalt) that covers more than 40 parkways.
Quedlinburg is worth to be visited for a couple of days – in one day it's not possible to cover all objects of interest properly.
Escape Address: Tourist-Info, Markt 4, 06484 Quedlinburg , Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
A very special experience: a trip with the "Harzer Schmalspurbahn" (narrow gauge railway) from Quedlinburg to the summit of the Brocken mountain (the highest peak of Northern Germany). Pulled by an old steam engine, the train offers new perspectives for the visitors. Especially cyclers can prevent the exhausting ascension to the Brocken.
In Quedlinburg every year one of the most beautiful Christmas markets all over Germany takes place. Amongst the amazing half-timbered houses the ambiance is a very special one. During the weekends of 2nd and 3rd Advent another special event takes place: Advent in the courtyards. This is unique in Germany, and 20 of the most beautiful courtyards in Quedlinburg open their gates which are usually closed.
The entire Harz region is a hiking paradise – and so does Quedlinburg as well. Especially the 'Selketal-Stieg' is a very beautiful hiking trail with a length of 65 km. Quedlinburg is the initial or finish point (depending on the point of view), and naturally the entire track cannot be done in one day. Hence one should divide it into parts for a couple of days or just pick one of those parts for a day trip.