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Boutique hotels of Quedlinburg are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Quedlinburg boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Quedlinburg may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Quedlinburg travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Quedlinburg focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Quedlinburg hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Quedlinburg traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Quedlinburg hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Quedlinburg
A bed and breakfast in Quedlinburg is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Quedlinburg bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Quedlinburg B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Quedlinburg hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Quedlinburg
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Quedlinburg hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Quedlinburg lack an on-site restaurant.

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Quedlinburg timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Quedlinburg often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Quedlinburg on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Quedlinburg
A Quedlinburg motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Quedlinburg for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Quedlinburg motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg castle hill
Quedlinburg castle hill
Coat of arms of Quedlinburg
Coat of arms
Quedlinburg   is located in Germany
Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg
Coordinates:  / 51.79167; 11.14722  / 51.79167; 11.14722
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Harz
Government
• Mayor Frank Ruch (CDU)
Area
• Total 120.42 km (46.49 sq mi)
Elevation 123 m (404 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)
• Total 24,555
• Density 200/km (530/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06484, 06485
Dialling codes 03946, 039485
Vehicle registration HZ, HBS, QLB, WR
Website www.quedlinburg.de

Quedlinburg (German pronunciation: [ˈkveːdlɪnbʊʁk]) is a town situated just north of the Harz mountains, in the district of Harz in the west of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. In 1994, the castle, church and old town were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Quedlinburg has a population of more than 24,000. The town was the capital of the district of Quedlinburg until 2007, when the district was dissolved. Several locations in the town are designated stops along a scenic holiday route, the Romanesque Road.

Quedlinburg: History

Castle
Roland
Half-timbered house
Quedlinburg (in the old town)

The town of Quedlinburg is known to have existed since at least the early 9th century, when there was a settlement known as Gross Orden on the eastern bank of the River Bode. It was first mentioned as a town in 922 as part of a donation by King Henry the Fowler (Heinrich der Vogler). The records of this donation were held by the abbey of Corvey.

According to legend, Henry had been offered the German crown at Quedlinburg in 919 by Franconian nobles, giving rise to the town being called the "cradle of the German Reich".

After Henry's death in 936, his widow Saint Matilda founded a religious community for women ("Frauenstift") on the castle hill, where daughters of the higher nobility were educated. The main task of this collegiate foundation, Quedlinburg Abbey, was to pray for the memory of King Henry and the rulers who came after him. The Annals of Quedlinburg were also compiled there. The first abbess was Matilda, a granddaughter of King Henry and St. Matilda.

The Quedlinburg castle complex, founded by King Henry I and built up by Emperor Otto I in 936, was an imperial Pfalz of the Saxon emperors. The Pfalz, including the male convent, was in the valley, where today the Roman Catholic Church of St. Wiperti is situated, while the women's convent was located on the castle hill.

In 973, shortly before the death of Emperor Otto I, a Reichstag (Imperial Convention) was held at the imperial court in which Mieszko, duke of Poland, and Boleslav, duke of Bohemia, as well as numerous other nobles from as far away as Byzantium and Bulgaria, gathered to pay homage to the emperor. On the occasion, Otto the Great introduced his new daughter-in-law Theophanu, a Byzantine princess whose marriage to Otto II brought hope for recognition and continued peace between the rulers of the Eastern and Western empires.

In 994, Otto III granted the right of market, tax, and coining, and established the first market place to the north of the castle hill.

The town became a member of the Hanseatic League in 1426. Quedlinburg Abbey frequently disputed the independence of the town, which sought the aid of the Bishopric of Halberstadt. In 1477, Abbess Hedwig, aided by her brothers Ernest and Albert, broke the resistance of the town and expelled the bishop's forces. Quedlinburg was forced to leave the Hanseatic League and was subsequently protected by the Electorate of Saxony. Both town and abbey converted to Lutheranism in 1539 during the Protestant Reformation.

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Collegiate Church, Castle, and Old Town of Quedlinburg
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Schlossmühle Quedlinburg dahinter Burgberg mit Stift.JPG
South of the castle hill: Schlossmühle

Location Germany
Type Cultural
Criteria iv
Reference 535
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1994 (18th Session)

In 1697, Elector Frederick Augustus I of Saxony sold his rights to Quedlinburg to Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg for 240,000 thalers. Quedlinburg Abbey contested Brandenburg-Prussia's claims throughout the 18th century, however. The abbey was secularized in 1802 during the German Mediatisation, and Quedlinburg passed to the Kingdom of Prussia as part of the Principality of Quedlinburg. Part of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Westphalia from 1807–13, it was included within the new Prussian Province of Saxony in 1815. In all this time, ladies ruled Quedlinburg as abbesses without "taking the veil"; they were free to marry. The last of these ladies was a Swedish princess, an early fighter for women's rights, Sofia Albertina.

During the Nazi regime, the memory of Henry I became a sort of cult, as Heinrich Himmler saw himself as the reincarnation of the "most German of all German" rulers. The collegiate church and castle were to be turned into a shrine for Nazi Germany. The Nazi Party tried to create a new religion. The cathedral was closed from 1938 and during the war. The local crematory was kept busy burning the victims of the Langenstein-Zwieberge concentration camp. Georg Ay was local party chief from 1931 until the end of the war. Liberation in 1945 brought back the Protestant bishop and the church bells, and the Nazi-style eagle was taken down from the tower.

Quedlinburg was administered within Bezirk Halle while part of the Communist East Germany from 1949 to 1990. It became part of the state of Saxony-Anhalt upon German reunification in 1990.

During Quedlinburg's Communist era, restoration specialists from Poland were called in during the 1980s to carry out repairs on the old architecture. Today, Quedlinburg is a center of restoration of Fachwerk houses.

During the last months of World War II, the United States military had occupied Quedlinburg. In the 1980s, upon the death of one of the US military men, the theft of medieval art from Quedlinburg came to light.

Quedlinburg: Geography

Quedlinburg: Location

The town is located north of the Harz mountains, about 123 m above NHN. The nearest mountains reach 181 m above NHN. The largest part of the town is located in the western part of the Bode river valley. This river comes from the Harz mountains and flows into the river Saale, a tributary of the river Elbe. The municipal area of Quedlinburg is 120.42 square kilometres (46.49 square miles). Before the incorporation of the two (previously independent) municipalities of Gernrode and Bad Suderode in January 2014 it was only 78.14 square kilometres (30.17 square miles).

Quedlinburg: Neighbouring communities

Quedlinburg: Climate

Quedlinburg has a oceanic climate (Cfb) resulting from prevailing westerlies, blowing from the high-pressure area in the central Atlantic towards Scandinavia. Snowfall occurs almost every winter. January and February are the coldest months of the year, with an average temperature of 0.5 °C and 1.5 °C. July and August are the hottest months, with an average temperature of 17 °C (63 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F). The average annual precipitation is close to 438 mm with rain occurring usually from May to September. This precipitation is one of the lowest in Germany, which has an annual average close to 700 mm. In August 2010, Quedlinburg was the driest place in Germany, with only 72,4 l/m.

Climate data for Quedlinburg
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2
(36)
4
(39)
8
(46)
13
(55)
19
(66)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
19
(66)
13
(55)
6
(43)
3
(37)
12.8
(54.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
1.5
(34.7)
4.5
(40.1)
8.0
(46.4)
13.5
(56.3)
15.5
(59.9)
17.0
(62.6)
18.0
(64.4)
14.0
(57.2)
9.5
(49.1)
3.5
(38.3)
1.5
(34.7)
8.92
(48.05)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
−1
(30)
1
(34)
3
(37)
8
(46)
10
(50)
12
(54)
13
(55)
9
(48)
6
(43)
1
(34)
0
(32)
5.1
(41.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 23
(0.91)
22
(0.87)
28
(1.1)
38
(1.5)
53
(2.09)
57
(2.24)
47
(1.85)
54
(2.13)
33
(1.3)
27
(1.06)
30
(1.18)
26
(1.02)
438
(17.25)
Average rainy days 11 9 10 10 10 11 10 10 9 9 11 12 122
Average relative humidity (%) 87 83 82 74 67 71 72 69 78 82 87 86 78.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 47.2 66.9 107.5 136.7 182.6 172.2 186.4 183.6 139.0 104.9 63.2 42.1 1,432.3
Source #1: Deutscher Wetterdienst, Normalperiode 1961–1990
Source #2: Zoover

Quedlinburg: Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1786 8,382 -
1807 10,476 +25.0%
1820 11,507 +9.8%
1830 12,001 +4.3%
1840 13,431 +11.9%
1852 13,886 +3.4%
1861 14,835 +6.8%
1871 16,800 +13.2%
1880 18,437 +9.7%
1890 20,761 +12.6%
1900 23,378 +12.6%
1910 27,233 +16.5%
1919 28,190 +3.5%
1939 30,320 +7.6%
1946 35,142 +15.9%
1950 35,555 +1.2%
1955 33,125 −6.8%
1960 30,965 −6.5%
1965 30,840 −0.4%
1970 30,829 −0.0%
1975 29,711 −3.6%
1980 28,585 −3.8%
1985 29,394 +2.8%
1990 28,663 −2.5%
1995 25,844 −9.8%
2000 24,114 −6.7%
2005 22,607 −6.2%
2009* 21,203 −6.2%
Source:

Quedlinburg: Governance

The mayor is Frank Ruch (CDU).

Quedlinburg: Town twinning

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

Quedlinburg is twinned with:

  • France Aulnoye-Aymeries, France, since 1961
  • Germany Herford, Germany, since 1991
  • Germany Celle, Germany, since 1991
  • Germany Hameln, Germany, since 1991
  • Germany Hann. Münden, Germany, since 1991

Quedlinburg: Attractions

In the centre of the town, a wide selection of half-timbered buildings from at least five different centuries are to be found (including a 14th-century structure, one of Germany's oldest), while around the outer fringes of the old town are examples of Jugendstil buildings, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Since December 1994, the old town of Quedlinburg and the castle mount with the Stiftskirche (collegiate church) are listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Quedlinburg is one of the best-preserved medieval and Renaissance towns in Europe, having escaped major damage in World War II.

In 2006, the Selke valley branch of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways was extended to Quedlinburg from Gernrode, giving access to the historic steam narrow gauge railway, Alexisbad and the high Harz plateau.

The castle and Stifstkirche St. Servatius still dominate the town like in the early Middle Ages. The church is a prime example of German Romanesque style. The treasure of the church containing ancient Christian religious artifacts and books, was stolen by an American soldier but brought back to Quedlinburg in 1993 and is again on display here.

The former Stiftskirche St. Wiperti was established in 936 when the Kanonikerstift St. Wigpertus (of male canons) was moved from the castle hill to make way for what became Quedlinburg Abbey. The church was built at the location of the first, Ottonian, Royal palace at Quedlinburg. Around 1020, a three-aisled crypt was added to the basilica. The crypt, which survived all later alterations to the church, today is also a designated stop on the Romanesque Road.

Quedlinburg: Infrastructure

Quedlinburg: Transport

Quedlinburg: Air

The nearest airports to Quedlinburg are Hannover, 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest, and Leipzig/Halle Airport, 90 kilometres (56 miles) southeast. Much closer, but only served by a few airlines, is Magdeburg-Cochstedt. An airfield is located at Ballenstedt-Assmussstedt for general aviation.

Quedlinburg: Railway

Narrow-gauge steam train of the Selke Valley Railway connects with Transdev Harz-Berlin-Express train on the line from Magdeburg at Quedlinburg station.

Regional trains run on the standard-gauge Magdeburg–Thale line by Deutsche Bahn and the private company Transdev connect Quedlinburg with Magdeburg, Thale, and Halberstadt.

In 2006, the Selke Valley branch of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways was extended into Quedlinburg from Gernrode, giving access to the historic steam narrow-gauge railway, Alexisbad, and high Harz plateau.

Quedlinburg: Bus

Quedlinburg is connected by regional buses to the surrounding villages and small towns. Additionally, there are long distance buses to Berlin.

Quedlinburg: Notable people

  • Dorothea Erxleben (1715-1762), was the first female medical doctor in Germany.
Carl Ritter 1857
  • Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724-1803), German poet and contemporary of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
  • Johann Gerhard (1582-1637), theologian, mean Denter representatives of Lutheran orthodoxy
  • Wilhelm Homberg (1652-1715), naturalist, born apparently during a trip in Batavia / Jakarta, but parents living in Quedlinburg
  • Johann Christoph Friedrich GutsMuths (1759-1839), father of German gymnastics
  • Carl Ritter (1779-1859), founder of scientific Geography
  • Julius Wolff (1834-1910), Freeman, poet and writer
Julius Wolff
  • Gustav Albert Schwalbe (1844-1916), anatomist and anthropologist
  • Carl Schroeder (1848-1935), cellist, composer, conductor and Hofkapellmeister
  • Georg Ay (1900-1997), politician (NSDAP), membe of Reichstag 1933-1945
  • Fritz Grasshoff (1913-1997), poet, painter, pop lyricist
  • Bernhard Schrader (1931-2012), chemist, pioneer of experimental Raman - and infrared spectroscopy
  • Peter Kramer (born 1933), physicist
  • Leander Haussmann (born 1959), film and theater director (e.g. "Sun Alley (film) Sonnenallee", "Herr Lehmann", "NVA ")
  • Petrik Sander (born 1960), football coach
  • Petra Schersing (born Muller; 1965), sprinter and Olympic silver medalist
  • Dagmar Hase (born 1969), swimmer and Olympic champion

Quedlinburg: References

  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31.12.2015" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German).
  2. Antz (ed.), Christian (2001). Strasse der Romanik (German). Verlag Janos Stekovics. ISBN 3-929330-89-X.
  3. Press release of the Deutsche Wetterdienst (pdf, German)
  4. "Deutscher Wetterdienst, Normalperiode 1961–1990" (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst.
  5. "Zoover data by DWD". December 2010.
  6. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden nach Landkreisen; Stand: 31. Dez. 2009.
  7. Unesco World heritage list
  8. Schiebinger, L. (1990): "The Anatomy of Difference: Race and Sex in Eighteenth-Century Science" p. 399, Eighteenth Century Studies 23(3) pp. 387–405

Quedlinburg: Further reading

  • Honan, William H. (1997). Treasure Hunt. A New York Times Reporter Tracks the Quedlinburg Hoard. New York: Fromm International Publishing Corporation. ISBN 0-88064-174-6.
  • Kogelfranz, Siegfried; Willi A. Korte (1994). Quedlinburg – Texas and Back. Black Marketeering with Looted Art.
  • Quedlinburg travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • The town's official website (German)
  • UNESCO page on Quedlinburg
  • Pictures and information about timber frame houses in Quedlinburg (German)
  • The Quedlinberg Art Affair
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