More than 1000 years ago the German history began here.
It is said that the Saxon duke Heinrich received the kings crown at the Finkenherd to the castle hill`s feet. He and his successors made the palatinate Quedlinburg an important centre of their empire. Heinrich I was buried here in 936. Queen Mathilde founded a ladie’s convent that existet for almost 900 years at her husband’s burial site in the same year. The precious pieces of the cathedral treasury still show the splendour of the Ottonian imperial family. Today the rooms of the former convent accommodate the castle museum with its exhibitions about the town’s and the convent’s history as well as authentic furnished reception and audience rooms.
A prosperous town developed in the protection of the convent’s castle due to business, trade and agriculture. The town joined different alliances to have adequate support. So 1426 the town became a member of the Hanseatic League. There Quedlinburg represented an important power and made its contribution to peace keeping in the country and against the robber-knights. As expression of their urban self-confidence the proud citizens errected a Roland statue. The major sight is the town itself. In an area of 80 ha about 1300 picturesque half-timbered houses hustle together. One can often read the development of this building technique in the aboundendly decorated facades like in a picture book.
Quedlinburg is a lively town in the area of tension between past and future. Buildings from Romanesque times, 1300 timber framed houses and villas in Wilhelminian style and Art Nouveau breath history and culture of past eras. A young arts scene, attracted by the fascination of this unique ambience makes up the counterpart. UNESCO realised the importance of the castle hill ensemble and the historic town already in 1994 by including it in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Quedlinburg features with its convent’s church, Wiperty crypt and the relics of the Marien cloister along the Romanesque route not only outstanding buildings but as well authentic locations of the political, clerical and cultural events from the times of the Ottonian emperors more than 1000 years ago.
Famous people from Klopstock to Feininger left their marks here in town. The Lyonel-Feininger-Galery presents Feininger`s the art works according to chronologic, thematic or stilistic views and puts them in relation to their spiritual and art historic surroundings.
Performances of the Nordharzer Städtebund-theatre, the Quedlinburg music-summer in the convent`s church, concerts in the townhall, the palais Salfeldt and Blasii-church are only a part of the manyfold range of events. Special highlights like the open day of historical monuments, the Pro Vinz-art-days, the Emperor`s Spring and advent in the courtyards attract more visitors from year to year. Furthermore exhibitions in museums, galeries and artist`s workshops invite visitors.
You can find more information about travel offers, events et c. at www.quedlinburg.de.