timbered gem in the countryside
The uniquely preserved town of Duderstadt lies on the southern edge of the Harz. With more than 600 colourful half-timbered buildings from all epochs of history, it is one of the most remarkable centres in Germany.
Unique architectural monuments and sights such as the Catholic St. Cyriakus Church and the Protestant St Servatius Church, the Westerturm (West Tower), originally built in 1343, together with the town wall to protect the town, plus one of the oldest and most beautiful town halls in Germany, dominate the skyline of this medieval town and are visible from afar. Naturally designed public gardens, colourful flowers and shrubs with green areas and old lime and chestnut trees in the spacious pedestrian area complete the picture of this exquisite old town.
Immediately prior to the gates of the town is the Heinz Sielmann Nature Discovery Centre on the former town farm Herbigshagen. Young and old visitors will discover an interactive nature trail with a cottage garden, bee house, reptile and fallow deer enclosures, wetlands, and multimedia exhibition "Heinz Sielmann - a life in nature".
Not far from Duderstadt located in Teistungen, are some of the old buildings of the former German border crossing; Duderstadt-Worbis, and the Grenzlandmuseum Eichsfeld. Located on the Green Belt, it has an interesting exhibition and an impressive, faithfully preserved border barrier.
Also close by and definitely worth a visit is the "Seeburger Lake", one of the largest natural lakes in Lower Saxony with its unadulterated fun and a diverse wildlife along the protected shore areas, plus the "Rhumequelle", one of the biggest karst springs in Europe with crystal-clear spring water and the source of the River Rhume.