Quedlinburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval renaissance towns which features a rare combination of ancient and modern historical treasures! All of the buildings in the town center are timber-framed and also colorful painted! Some of the houses date back to 16th Century. Not only 16th Century when you walk through the narrow alleys and streets around the town square, you will see buildings from 5 different time era, starting from 14th Century which is one of Germany's oldest. While walking in the city center, you will see examples of Jugendstil buildings, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I don't have to tell you that, you have to explore the city on foot I guess. :D In 1994, Quedlinburg was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list! This gorgeous city was not damaged during the WWII, which makes it one of the best-preserved cities in Europe. The city's history dates back to 9th Century. It is known that it was first mentioned as a town in 922. According to the legend, Henry (not the English wife head-chopper one obviously, I am talking about Henry the Fowler) had been offered the German crown at Quedlinburg in 919 by Franconian nobles, giving rise to the town being called the "cradle of the German Reich". This lovely town is located in the north of the Harz mountains and in the western part of the Bode river valley. So, if you want to check out gorgeous Quedlinburg, here is your guide!
Collegiata Church also known as Stiftskirche St Servatii und Domschatz (Domschatz means the church's treasury) is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This gorgeous church is a prime example of German Romanesque style. Its treasury contains ancient Christian religious artifacts and books, which was stolen by an American soldier but brought back to Quedlinburg in 1993. You can find them displayed here. The first Stiftskirche was built in 936, at the location of the first, Ottonian, Royal palace at Quedlinburg. Definitely worth to visit.
As I said before, the Old Town of Quedlinburg is jeweled by a wide selection of half-timbered buildings from at least five different centuries. You can find lots of Jugendstil buildings. The old town, the Castle and collegiate church in Quedlinburg are listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, and the town itself is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval and Renaissance towns. The Castle of Quedlinburg is standing on a sandstone cliff and has a flat-ceiling basilica, dedicated in the year 1129, was preceded by earlier structures. This Romanesque castle is more than 1000 years old! The interior is as amazing as its façade!
If you are thinking, "Sure I will walk through the Old Town but it is not enough!", as a side note, Quedlinburg is on the 'Romanesque Road' which means the town has lots of locations that are designated stops along a scenic route. It has dramatic gorges and beautiful mountainous landscapes which are perfect for hikers!
Lyonel-Feininger Galerie is very recommended, if you want to check out Bauhaus art. If you want to get to know more about Feininger and his works of Bauhaus art, you have to visit this gallery! Most of the works were hidden from the Nazis by a resident of Quedlinburg. This gallery was founded in 1986. It has one of the world's largest collections of prints by this famous artist. Today, this gallery also works like a museum and hosts special exhibitions and top-class graphics from all era.
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