Are you a fan of half-timbered towns? Love UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Do you love regional, culinary delights? Then you should make a trip to Quedlinburg. Here are top 10 things to do in quedlinburg germany.
Quedlinburg is located in the Harz district in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. With over 2,000 half-timbered houses, the city leads the ranking in Germany. No other city in Germany has more half-timbered houses. Celle, Wolfenbüttel and Lüneburg can’t keep up either. But they are all worth a visit.
Since 1994, Quedlinburg has received the UNESCO World Heritage designation due to the coherent cityscape with medieval structures. The reason for this: Quedlinburg has largely been spared from destruction since the Thirty Years’ War.
It’s always been a hidden place. Which you now have to discover. Because Quedlinburg is still a little insider tip that is not yet overrun with tourists.
As soon as you enter the historic old town, you will perceive this picturesque ambience. Beautiful half-timbered houses, winding streets and historic cobblestones (warning women: suitable shoes are advisable) as far as the eye can see.
Top 10 Things to do in Quedlinburg
1. City Hall & Roland
Even a short walk through the old town shows you the abundance of half-timbered and historical buildings. The pulsating center is the marketplace. At the end is the historic town hall.
A truly magnificent building, in front of which you will stop for a moment. The town hall was first mentioned in a document in 1310. But it is probably even older.
The round stained glass window on the west side of the town hall is particularly worth seeing. The splendor and former influence of the city is already evident at this beautiful town hall.
Interesting: the roof truss is still in its original condition – from the end of the 13th century!
The Roland statue on the left side of the town hall illustrates the city rights that Otto III. awarded to the city of Quedlinburg 994. It was destroyed in 1477, but rebuilt in 1869.
By the way: It is the second smallest Roland in Germany. By the way, you can find out where the largest statue of Roland is in this post on my blog.
Around the town hall there are numerous cafés and restaurants that invite you to stop by. The tourist information is also located at the town hall (red signs).
Tip: To find out more about the town hall and the city, We recommend a city tour with the night watchman.
2. Munzenberg & Monastery Church
The Münzenberg lies outside the historic city walls. But We definitely recommend a short walk for several reasons.
From the Münzenberg you have a breathtaking view of the city of Quedlinburg and in particular of the castle hill with the castle and collegiate church of St. Servatius.
The Münzenberg also has a thousand-year history. In 986 the abbess Mathilde founded the monastery church of St. Marien. During the peasant uprisings in the 16th century, the church and monastery were plundered and the nuns left the Münzenberg.
Poor people settled here and built a settlement with the remains of the monastery. The small museum on the Münzenberg gives a little insight into the eventful history of the Münzenberg.
Good to know: In the museum you can also see the remains of the crypt and two head niche graves under glass panels.
A walk through the small streets is worthwhile. The picturesque, small houses on the Münzenberg are really worth seeing.
3. Castle Square and Finkenherd
A place that is particularly worth seeing with winding streets, historic cobblestones and picturesque half-timbered houses on the Schlossplatz and the Finkenherd. These are on the northern side at the foot of the castle hill.
Elegant patrician houses of wealthy merchant families or the birthplace of the famous poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock are located in this Quedlinburg district.
In addition, the culinary quarter of the city beats here. Numerous small gastronomic shops offer tasty temptations with a variety of cakes.
In Finkenherd there is also another branch of the Quedlinburg tourist information, where you can get more tips about the Quedlinburg sights.
4. Klopstock Museum
The German poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was born in one of these patrician houses from the 16th century. In 1999, the Klopstockhaus was reopened after extensive renovations to mark Klopstock’s 275th birthday and the museum’s 100th anniversary.
Today there is a literature museum in the so-called Klopstockhaus. The museum provides information about Klopstock, his works and other personalities from Quedlinburg.
5. Castle hill with castle and collegiate church of St. Servatius
As soon as we walk down the path to the castle hill, we feel like we’ve been transported back in time by centuries. Who may have climbed everything here? Once at the top you can first enjoy the breathtaking view from Schlossberg.
In several places you have a view over the entire region. The beautiful garden is also particularly worth seeing, from the terraces of which you can look over the roofs of the city of Quedlinburg.
There are two more Quedlinburg sights on the castle hill that you should visit. In addition to the former homes of the nuns, there is also the collegiate church of St. Servatius and the Renaissance castle with the castle museum on the castle hill.
Collegiate Church of St. Servatius
The church high up on the castle hill is one of the landmarks of the city. It was created together with the monastery that Henry I’s widow erected here in 936 in memory of him.
Mathilde and her deceased husband finally found their last resting place in the crypt of the St. Servatius collegiate church. A visit to the collegiate church is not only worthwhile for this reason.
One of the most important cathedral treasures in Germany is in the collegiate church of St. Servatius: the Quedlinburg cathedral treasure. Therefore, for me, it is one of the top Quedlinburg sights that you should have seen during your visit.
Renaissance chateau with chateau museum
The Renaissance castle is from the 16th/17th. Century. It houses the castle museum, which provides information about the history and early settlement of the region.
A beautiful viewing terrace gives you a fantastic view of the old town of Quedlinburg during your tour.
Tip: If you go back down from the castle hill into the city, then go around the castle hill once. Beautiful half-timbered houses can also be admired around the mountain. And half the house. Another Quedlinburg sight. But the gardens of the houses to the north also look beautiful, especially in summer. Cafes and galleries are worth a shortstop.
6. St. Wiperti Church and Cemetery
Another historical highlight is about a 10-minute walk southwest of the castle hill. Just outside the old town is the St. Wiperti Church. Particularly noteworthy is the Romanesque crypt from around the year 1000.
Cemetery St Wiperti
When you leave, you should definitely take a look at the cemetery. In the upper part it is overgrown and creates an eerily beautiful atmosphere.
Interesting: There are 55 terraced tombs carved into the rock in the cemetery. We’ve never seen anything like it – very impressive.
The Adelshof am Mühlgraben in the south of the old town is another historic Quedlinburg sight. The courtyard used to belong to the monastery and housed a bailiff. It is now city-owned.
You feel like you’re in a fairy tale when you stand in the middle of the courtyard. In the center of the Adelshof is a huge pigeon tower that we have never seen before. A culinary highlight of the city can also be found in the courtyard.
Did you know: pigeon towers were often the places where valuables were kept. Since these were in the center of the homesteads, they were rarely affected by a fire. Thieves also found it difficult to remain undetected there. Pigeon towers, the safes of the Middle Ages.
8. Half-timbered museum in the stand construction
If looking at half-timbered houses is not enough for you, then we recommend a visit to the half-timbered museum in the stand construction. Here you get a deeper insight into the history of half-timbered buildings since the 14th century.
The museum extends over two floors and is suitably housed in a half-timbered house from 1310. The different styles and the meaning of the ornamentation are explained using models.
Interesting: The half-timbered building in which the museum is located is one of the oldest in Germany.
9. Sternkieker Tower
For me, the Sternkiekerturm is a very special Quedlinburg sight and a real insider tip in Quedlinburg. The entrance is somewhat hidden by the Schlosshotel zum Markgrafen. By the way, the building of the hotel is also worth seeing.
First, We almost failed because of the intake system. But then it worked. We then went up the wooden steps floor by floor. With every floor, the view over Quedlinburg became more beautiful.
When we get to the top, we enjoy this fantastic view. Due to the circular arcades, the view is even more beautiful than that from Schlossberg.
Another advantage: you can see the collegiate church and the castle from here.
For a while we enjoy this place and the sight to the fullest. Delighted, we then went back down from the tower into the city.
10. Shoe Yard and Hell
My last top Quedlinburg sight is again about half-timbered houses. A full quarter this time. During your stay in Quedlinburg, you should definitely have taken a walk in the former shoemaker quarter.
The narrow streets and historic houses in the Schuhhof will enchant you. Don’t forget to go through hell either. Yes, we can tell you now: Hell is here. Incidentally, the Höllenhof and the forecourt of hell too.
But you won’t find the devil in these beautiful half-timbered houses. For where hell is, heaven is not far. You can spoil your taste buds in this quarter in the “Himmel und Hölle” restaurant.
Tips for overnight stays in Quedlinburg
In Quedlinburg there are accommodations in different price ranges. We have put together possible hotels for your overnight stay in Quedlinburg here – from expensive to affordable.
- Villa Le Palais Quedlinburg
- Romantik Hotel am Brühl
- Castle Hotel to the Margrave
- Wyndham Garden Quedlinburg City Palace
- Hotel Domschatz
- Apartment house Seiler
- Heaven Hell
- fulling mill
Hotel tip: We stayed in Quedlinburg in the Wyndham Garden Quedlinburg Stadtschloss. The hotel is close to the center. With just a few steps you are at the first sight in Quedlinburg and can visit other places worth seeing from there.
These were my top 10 Quedlinburg sights that you can visit in Quedlinburg on a weekend. As you have already noticed from these Quedlinburg sights, the city offers a wealth of places worth seeing.
The gastronomic scene in Quedlinburg offers you the opportunity to relax in many beautiful places in the city. Another advantage of Quedlinburg that we really enjoyed: The old town is almost completely car-free. Nothing stands in the way of strolling with your head high.