Quedlinburg is a small medieval town in the Harz Mountains of Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. It was designated UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1994.
There are three main characteristics of Quedlinburg that led to its heritage status: the layout of the town, with the medieval streets still in existance, the abundance of half-timbered houses, and the Collegiate Church on Castle Hill.
After having visited our fair share of medieval towns like Rothenburg, Eisenach, Carcassonne, to name a few, we thought we would be well-prepared for the quaintness of the town. We didn’t realize just how cute the town could be. I was a little miffed that I didn’t wait until spring, because it would have just been that much cuter. What was I thinking?
What was great about Quedlinburg was that it is a bit off of the beaten path. It’s in the middle of the mountains, and there really aren’t any large cities very nearby. The closest is Magdeburg, but we didn’t make it there on this trip. There were a handful of German tourists, and one obligatory Asian couple, but other than that it was quiet and deserted.
With the sun shining, people were outside at the cafés, enjoying a nice piece of cake and some coffee. We could take as many photos as we wanted with very few people in them. That never happens in Rothenburg!
The only problem was that the entire main square was torn up and under construction and the flowers haven’t bloomed yet. Damn! That just means we’ll have to go back.