Quedlinburg, Germany: A Charming German Village With an Interesting History by Sheri B Doyle

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Quedlinburg, Germany: A Charming German Village With an Interesting History

Germany is full of fairytale towns tucked away from the hustle and bustle of cities like Berlin, Munich and Frankfort. Quedlinburg is an idyllic village in the northern part of Germany, about two and a half hours west of Berlin.

Photo: Sheri Doyle

Quedlinburg’s cobblestone streets are lined with 1,300 colorful half-timber houses. The colorful houses are accented with flowers bursting from window boxes and terra-cotta tiled roofs. These medieval homes, most of which have undergone little to no restoration since the medieval times, lead up the gentle hills to the castle above, maintaining the exact structure of a medieval village.

Photo: Sheri Doyle

Quedlinburg’s castle hill, over 1,000 years old, transports visitors through history. Sitting atop a sandstone hill, which is in jeopardy, the complex offers visitors amazing city views, incredible architecture and some of Germany’s oldest Ecclesiastical relics. During World War II, the castle became an important symbol to the SS. The abbey was overtaken by Heinrich Himmler, who turned the space, once the seat of the first King of Germany, into their own Nazi shrine. At the time the church was stripped of all its Christian symbols, artwork and the altar.

Photo: Sheri Doyle

Quedlinburg, the first capital of Germany, a bit rundown after the war, was luckily left in good enough condition after the war that it could be restored easily and brought to its former glory. Because of its historical importance and beautifully preserved architecture, the entire town has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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This town, ruled by women for over 800 years, produced the first female doctor in Germany in 1754. It has beautiful treasures on display in the church, fantastic food, the oldest half-timber house in Germany, the graves of King Heinrich I and Mathilde and a fantastic display of Ice Age fossils and Bronze Age artifacts at the Schloss Museum. A two and a half hour drive from Berlin it is a great day trip or a fantastic place to soak in the history of culture of Germany for a few days as I did.

Photo: Sheri Doyle

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How lovely. Would love to see that!
So beautiful, take me there...
Elisa Schmitz
What an amazing place you're describing, Sheri B Doyle ! I have clearly not explored nearly enough of Germany. On our next trip, I hope we can get to Quedlinburg. It sounds awesome (love that it was ruled by women)! Dieter Schmitz Donna John Jan Mostrom let's go!
Sheri B Doyle
I feel like every time I travel to a new place I find 10 others I need to see! haha. I love that it was ruled by women as well!!
Barry Humfrey Geraldton
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