The 1.000-year-old town Quedlinburg, at the northeastern edge of the Harz, represents lively tension between past and future eras.
The buildings of Romanesque, 1,300 half-timbered houses and villas of the early days of Art Nouveau, tell the history and culture of bygone eras. To contrast this architecture is a young and fascinating unique ambience; of the art scene.
Set on the Romantic Road the Renaissance Castle, the Collegiate Church of St. Servatius and its famous cathedral treasure, the 1000-year old Wiperti Church and the remains of the Marian Monastery, as well as the historic old town with its 1,300 half-timbered houses dating back eight centuries were because their extraordinary importance added to their list by UNESCO as Historical World Heritage Sites in 1994. With nearly 90 acres of inner city area with buildings of all styles and eras, Quedlinburg classes as one of the largest monuments in Germany.
The Abbey Garden at the foot of Castle Hill and the adjacent Bruehlpark are both projects of the “Garden of Dreams”.
The Lyonel Feininger Gallery has the largest graphic display of the famous German-American painter and printmaker and Klopstock House, birthplace of the poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, which is now a museum, gives a sense of the life and work of the poet, demonstrate that well-known personalities have left their marks here in Quedlinburg.
Quedlinburg offers a variety of galleries and exhibitions for art, culture and music-lovers. The Nordharzer Staedtebund Theater, the Quedlinburg summer music and various other music events are just a taste of what you can experience.
Nature lovers and hikers are also attracted to Quedlinburg, because here starts or ends the 75km long Selketal-Stieg, which leads through the varied and historic landscapes of the Lower Harz.
In December, Quedlinburg is transformed with the Christmas market in front of great timbered backdrop, Christmas music in the town hall, theatre, church and in the public square into a Christmas town. During the second and third advent weekends you have a great opportunity to visit over twenty of the most beautiful courtyards in Quedlinburg with festive atmosphere and rare and small treasures. These courtyards normally keep their doors shut for public.