09 August 2017

Quedlinburg

A few weeks ago, my spouse and I went on a day trip to a town outside of Berlin, to Quedlinburg. It's actually three hours away by train, in Saxony-Anhalt. You might remember that this is the German state that I have visited back in February, where I thought people were not as progressive and liberal like in Berlin. Anyway, there are historical places in this state that are worth seeing nevertheless, and since there's a direct train that leaves Berlin in the morning and gets back to Berlin in the evening, during weekends, we decided to go ahead and visit it one Saturday.

We packed a breakfast, and ate it while we were in the train. And three hours later, we were walking into the Old Town.



First I am showing you here the overview. Quedlinburg is actually one of Europe's best preserved medieval Renaissance towns. There are plenty of half-timbered houses here, all dating several hundreds of years before.



The pictures I have above show you the Old Town. The oldest half-timbered house in Quedlinburg actually date from the 14th century, and somehow, the World Wars didn't actually destroy the city, so all of these are original structures, and not reconstructed ones unlike other Old Towns in Europe. Sometimes, we were walking among these structures and were wondering how weird the buildings looked like, narrow and slanted, as if one side was going to fall.



Quedlinburg is also important because of religion. Back then, there was a religious community for women that was founded in Quedlinburg. There was the Quedlinburg Abbey, and an Abbess that had some power over the town. The abbey was based in the castle, which can now be visited. Unfortunately, the Abbey didn't have as much power as other regional powers, and later on in the years, Quedlinburg was annexed by other secular governments, and eventually became part of a unified Germany.

Anyway, Quedlinburg isn't playing a major religious role anymore nowadays, but nevertheless, the area is rather historic, and UNESCO included it as a World Heritage Site in 1992.

So yeah, it is not a major place of interest in Germany, so if you are a first-time visitor to Germany, then Quedlinburg is probably not in your itinerary, but if you're taking some time to explore less-known areas of the country, then this place is a good town to explore.

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