Quedlinburg is an unusual place. The city centre has more than 2,000 half-timbered buildings spanning six centuries of history within just 80 hectares. At first glance, it can feel like you’ve been transported back to the Middle Ages.
Quedlinburg has been a lively city for more than 1,100 years.
And over this time, religion, politics, trades, seed-growing and culture have all left their marks on the town. The Romanesque collegiate church rises up over the more than 2,000 half-timbered buildings and art nouveau villas to form a landmark for the city.
Visitors can explore many different sides of this World Heritage Site. And we recommend asking our Tourist Guide to help. He will accompany you through the town's winding alleyways and tell you all you want to know about life here today and throughout the town’s history.
As well as the fascinating and entertaining facts and stories that cover every part of the town, there’s another very simple but wonderful reason to visit Quedlinburg. As the Brocken mountain protects us from the rain, the weather here is above average according to National Meteorological Service statistics.
Culture in Quedlinburg
With its plentiful museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and rich cultural history, your trip to Quedlinburg will not be short of entertainment: The Nordharzer Städtebundtheater stages a wide variety of performances, and music lovers will enjoy the world class programme on offer during the Quedlinburger Musiksommer summer concert series. Even during quieter times of the year, there are magical experiences to behold in the historic city centre courtyards throughout advent.
Quedlinburg owes much to one dedicated German artist of the 20th century. Lyonel Feininger was able to emigrate to the USA in 1937 with the help of art collector Hermann Klumpp. But the caricaturist and painter left a collection of works behind with Klumpp that helped to earn him his place on the international art scene. Today, the Lyonel Feininger Galerie on Finkenherd cleverly combines a traditional museum with a series of temporary exhibitions.
Right nearby is the birthplace of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, where visitors will find exhibitions on his life and those of a number of his contemporaries. Opposite, you’ll find Schlossberg mountain and its renaissance Castle Museum, which explores the history of the city.
Close to the market place, you can learn about the history of half-timbered buildings and the restoration measures currently being carried out in Quedlinburg at the Fachwerkmuseum, housed in a 14th century home. And just a few steps from there will take you to the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum), the Garnisonsmuseum (Garrison Museum) and the Münzenbergmuseum on the picturesque Münzenberg mountain.