20 Best Things to Do in Quedlinburg Germany

Raise your hand if you love picturesque fairytale towns as much as I do. Nestled amidst the stunning Harz Mountains in central Germany, Quedlinburg is just that!

So just how enchanting is Quedlinburg Germany? Very!

Now, you might be wondering what are the best things to do in Quedlinburg.

With its labyrinthine cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses adorned with vibrant flowers and a rich history dating back over a thousand years, you’ll find nothing but Quedlinburg treasures here.

While living in Berlin, I got the chance to visit this charming town and instantly fell in love. And, I know you will too.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the charm of this fairytale-like destination as I share what to do in Quedlinburg.

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Is Quedlinburg Germany Worth Visiting?

Without a doubt, Quedlinburg Germany is worth visiting! Well, that is if you adore half-timbered houses, a history that dates back over a thousand years and oozes with charm.

If you answered yes, then stick around as I share the top Quedlinburg things to do.

One of the reasons to visit Quedlinburg is to explore its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town.

This well-preserved town boasts over 2,000 half-timbered buildings from eight different eras, making it one of the largest collections in all of Germany.

Strolling through these historic streets feels like stepping into a fairytale book – every turn reveals another delightful surprise. My camera was in overdrive!

So if you are a photographer, history buff, hidden gems chaser, or simply adore medieval, fairytale European towns Quedlinburg is a destination worth visiting!

20 Things to Do in Quedlinburg

1. Old Town Quedlinbug (Altstadt Quedlinburg)

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Wandering through the Altstadt of Quedlinburg is like strolling through a living museum. Each step reveals centuries-old half-timbered houses, their ornate façades telling tales of the past. The cobblestone streets wind their way past charming boutiques and quaint cafes, inviting you to stop and admire the view. It reminded me of another German fairy-tale town called Monschau, only much bigger.

A bonus is that the Old Town is a Fussgangerzone, which literally translates to go with your feet zone. Any time you see that in Germany it simply means, no cars and pedestrian-only traffic.

Quedlinburg’s Altstadt is surprisingly large but very simple to navigate. Even if you want to get intentionally lost, somehow streets lead you back to a starting point. My best advice is to explore it fully! Turn down every little street and tunnel as you’ll never know what you’ll find.

Better yet, explore Quedlinburg on a 2-hour guided tour! Locals always have the best stories to tell and hidden gems to find. Check prices and availability.

2. Marktplatz Quedlinburg

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The heartbeat of Quedlinburg, the Marktplatz, is a delightfully large square. Café terraces beckon you to sip a frothy cappuccino while people-watching. Food trucks and colourful market stalls offering fresh produce and flowers take over the centre attracting a huge crowd.

The energy is infectious, but there was a small part of me that wanted to enjoy this lovely square all to myself. It is impossible to take a photo without something or someone getting in your way.

Be sure to wander the entire perimeter to admire each of the buildings, many of which are hotels, restaurants and shops. A swoon-worthy building called Quedlinburger Roland is bound to catch your eye (next to City Hall).

Look out for The Münzenberg Musicians by Prof. Wolfgang Dreysse. This bronze statue shows a quartet of Münzberg musicians. Residents of Münzenberg, a town hill positioned opposite the castle hill, found their livelihood through the art of music, skillfully performing on numerous occasions to earn their living.

3. Quedlinburg City Hall (Rathaus Quedlinburg)

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Quedlinburg’s Rathaus is a true architectural gem. Its distinctive Renaissance facade, adorned with intricate sculptures, is a testament to the town’s historical significance. Visit in spring, summer or early fall and it’s adorned with flowers. It’s one of the prettiest sites I’ve ever laid eyes on.

People love to sit on the staircase, some with a gelato and others with something they just picked up from a food vendor.

Don’t make the same mistake I did and that was a visit on a Wednesday, as it is closed. Otherwise, I would have loved to have taken a peak inside.

4. Quedlinburg Cathedral (Dom Quedlinburg known as MarktKirche)

MarktKirche, or the town’s cathedral, is a soaring Gothic masterpiece from the 10th century. Its towering spires can be seen from afar. And make a great backdrop for town photos.

Over the centuries, the church underwent architectural transformations, resulting in a unique blend of styles. From Romanesque to Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

There are fourteen churches in Quedlinburg, and without a doubt, this is one worth seeing.

How to Visit:

  • 📍Marktkirchhof 1
  • 🕙Open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Free entry, welcomes a donation

5. Goetzsches Mausoleum

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After you visit Quedlinburg Cathedral, head north, and keep an eye out for a captivating structure nestled among a row of charming timber-framed houses.

This architectural gem is none other than Goetzsches Mausoleum, also known as Grufthaus Gebhardt. At first glance, its visual appeal might be the main draw, as it certainly makes for a great photo op!

However, it wasn’t until I returned to Berlin that I discovered its fascinating history. This Baroque masterpiece, dating back to 1726, was constructed in honour of the late merchant Christoph Gebhardt.

6. Sternkieker Tower (also known as Lindenbein Tower)

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Climb the Sternkiekerturm, an old watchtower, to be rewarded with panoramic views of Quedlinburg’s red-roofed houses and the surrounding Harz Mountains. It’s the perfect vantage point from 42 m.

How to Visit:

  • 📍Weingarten 1
  • 🕙Open daily from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • 1 € to get through a turnstile

7. Timberframe Houses

Quedlinburg’s timber-framed houses are a visual delight at every turn. Admire the intricate carvings and colourful facades that adorn these historic buildings, creating a charming backdrop to your exploration.

8. Cultural Church St. Blasii (Kulturkirche St. Blasii)

Many of the Quedlinburg churches are not in the centre of town, except this one. That’s why it’s making my list. Not to mention how pretty it is inside.

After its renovations, it reopened as a cultural centre where various concerts and exhibitions are held. When you are exploring the Altstadt, pop into this beauty found at Blasiistraße 6. Right outside of the church is a bronze fountain called The Shaft (Schachtbrunnen) of a boy and a dog.

9. Timberframe Museum (Fachwerk Museum im Ständerbau)

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Knowing that Quedlinburg boasts over 2,000 well-preserved timeframe houses spanning eight eras it’s no surprise that it has a museum dedicated to it.

Housed in a 14th-century Ständerbau, this unique museum offers insights into the town’s half-timbered architecture evolution from the 14th to the 19th century, alongside showcasing the city’s restoration and reconstruction efforts.

Educational models provide a vivid understanding of timber-framed construction’s stylistic development. Architectural lovers take note, this is a must-visit museum!

How to Visit:

  • 📍Wordgasse 3
  • 🕙Open April to October (only) Open daily except closed on Thursdays 10:00 am – 05:00 pm and holidays
  • 3 € or a family card of 7 € (2 adults, 2 children)

10. Lyonel-Feininger Museum

For art enthusiasts, the Lyonel-Feininger Museum is a must-visit as it’s chock full of 20th-century and contemporary art, with a focus on the renowned artist Lyonel Feininger.

Lyonel Feininger, a key figure in Classical Modernism, is celebrated here with the most extensive collection of his prints in Europe, spanning from 1906 to 1955.

How to Visit:

  • 📍Schlossberg 11
  • 🕙Open daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, closed on Tuesdays
  • 9 €

11. Klopstockhaus Muesum

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Klopstockhaus, the former residence of poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, provides a glimpse into the life and times of this literary figure.

Serving as the city’s first museum since 1899, this building from 1560 can be found below Quedlinburg’s Castle Hill.

Klopstock’s influential contributions to poetry, including his epic “The Messiah”, played a pivotal role in shaping literary trends. Paving the way for classical German literature to thrive and inspire subsequent generations of poets.

How to Visit:

  • 📍Schlossberg 12
  • 🕙Open April to October (only) Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm and holidays
  • 3.50 € or a family card of 8 € (2 adults, 2 children)

12. Castle Museum (Schloss Museum Quedlinburg)

The Schloss Museum within Quedlinburg Castle is undergoing extensive renovations and restorations at the time of my visit (2023). It has been closed for renovations since 2020/2021.

Construction is currently transforming the former women’s convent with the hopes that visitors will soon be able to tour the Collegiate Church, cathedral treasury, and other rooms of significance.

Don’t let the massive construction deter you from visiting. You can still admire the monastery gardens on the hill plateau as well as soak up the captivating panoramic view of Quedlinburg’s historic half-timbered town. Also, the St. Servatius church is here too.

How to Visit:

  • 📍Schlossberg 1
  • 🕙Closed for renovations
  • One of the best free things to do in Quedlinburg is admire this view from above

13. Collegiate Church of St. Servatii (Stiftskirche im St Servatius)

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The Collegiate Church of St. Servatii in Quedlinburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has a history dating back to King Henry I in the 10th century.

Founded as a Palatinate Chapel, it later became his tomb. The church’s Romanesque architecture and medieval treasure art offer a vivid window into the era of the first German kings and emperors.

This Quedlinburg treasure houses well-preserved relics, manuscripts, sculptures, paintings, goldsmith works, ivory carvings, and even a unique knotted carpet from around 1200, the oldest in Europe.

How to Visit:

  • 📍Schlossberg 1
  • 🕙Open daily, except for Tuesdays, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (last entry at 3:00 pm)
  • 4.5 €
  • My experience: I arrived at 3:45 and the entrance fee was 6 € – two differences not reflected on their website

14. Munzenburg

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Munzenburg is a medieval fortress, that stands proudly atop a hill overlooking the town. Explore its ancient walls, and timbered houses and soak in breathtaking views of the well-preserved medieval town and surrounding countryside.

On the still-preserved walls of the Church of St. Mary on the Münzenberg in Quedlinburg, you can see all the elements of an Ottonian basilica with apse, transept, three-aisled nave and west building.

Founded in 986, you can see the still-preserved walls of the Church of St. Mary which existed until 1536. It was after this time that it was rebuilt with additional residential buildings.

14. St. Nikolai Church Quedlinburg (Niklolaikirche)

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The St. Nikolai Church can trace its origins to around 1200 where Romanesque elements can still be found. According to the local legend, a shepherd’s newfound wealth from gold contributed to its financing. That’s why you will see a Baroque statue of a shepherd with his dog on one tower side, earning it the nickname of “shepherd’s church.”

In the 14th century, the church underwent a Gothic transformation, elevating its towers to their present height of 72 m. Another church that shapes the skyline of this charming German town.

How to Visit:

  • 📍Neustädter Kirchhof 1
  • 🕙Open Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Free, welcomes a donation

15. Harz Time Museum (Harzer Uhrenmuseum)

A unique, family-friendly museum in Quedlinburg is Hazer Uhrenmuseum. With an impressive collection of approximately 300 cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks, and various other timepieces. Watch as skilled watchmakers craft a cuckoo clock and delight in seeing the largest cuckoo clock made of chocolate.

If you had on your German souvenir list to purchase a cuckoo clock, this would be the place to go!

How to Visit:

  • 📍Lindenstraße 7
  • 🕙Open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • 3 € and children 8 years and younger are free
  • Recommended as one of the top things to do in Quedlinburg with kids

16. Hiking in the Harz

The Harz area has a comprehensive network of trails. I only wished we had time to add this to our itinerary. But I simply couldn’t tear myself away from the Altstadt.

The Quedlinburg Tourist office, located on the Marktplatz, has some great information. They told me there is over 69 km with two national trails being the most popular, the Selketal-Stieg and the Harzer Klosterwanderweg.

Serious hikers might be interested in this, as stamps can be collected on a variety of routes.

17. Hard Narrow Gauge Railway

Another fun thing to do in the Harz area is to climb aboard the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway, winding through the scenic Harz Mountains. This vintage railway offers a unique perspective of the region’s natural beauty.

For routes and ticket information, go to the Quedlinburg tourist office.

18. Bad Suderode

Had we not been travelling with our dog, I would have gladly ventured to Bad Suderode, a neighbouring spa town, for a relaxing soak in its thermal baths. We did this when we were in the Czech Republic’s spa town of Karlovy Vary and loved it!

I can only imagine the tranquil escape, offering you the perfect opportunity to unwind and recharge amidst the Harz Mountains’ serene beauty.

19. Goslar Quedlinburg Road Trip

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Day trip from one UNESCO-listed town to another. Goslar is another medieval charming town that features charming alleys, more timber-frame buildings, a glockenspiel (although not as famous as the one found in Munich) and an awe-inspiring Imperial Palace.

Only plan to add this to your Quedlinburg itinerary if you are staying overnight. Otherwise, the timing is too tight.

20. Weihnachtsmarkt in Quedlinburg

Visit during the Christmas Market season and watch Quedlinburg’s historic streets transform into a winter wonderland. Twinkling lights adorn the half-timbered facades and quaint wooden stalls adorned with handcrafted ornaments, delicate lacework, and enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine linger through the air.

The Quedlinburg Christmas market Christmas will take place for 24 days from November 29 to December 22, 2023.

Cafes in Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg’s cafe scene is a delightful reflection of how cute, charming and cozy this German town is. Here are a few that caught my attention.

  • Käsekuchenbäckerei Vincent: when a bakery has cheesecake in its name, you know they’re good!
  • Samocca: this quaint cafe with its inviting atmosphere is a good spot for coffee lovers, alongside the delectable pastries.
  • Quedlinburg – Kornmarkt 3: is a unique old ruin with no roof that has turned itself into a cafe (in the am) and bar (in the pm).

Restaurants in Quedlinburg

In Quedlinburg, there is no shortage of restaurants to choose from, most of them serving traditional German cuisine like Ratskeller Quedlinburg, located in a historic cozy cellar beneath the town hall. Or we went to Brauhaus Lüdde, a local brewery that is located in the former gatehouse and stables of a large house, now a hotel.

If you’re in the mood for something more upscale, Weinstube im Hotel, a Michelin-star restaurant would be my pick.

Hotels in Quedlinburg

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When considering an overnight stay in the town of Quedlinburg, you’ll want to ensure that your accommodation choice is as memorable as the destination itself.

Although I haven’t personally experienced these lodgings, I’ve meticulously sifted through ratings and reviews to curate a selection of the best hotels that promise an unforgettable stay.

Here are the top-rated options for you to consider:

  • Romantik Hotel am Brühl: this elegant historical hotel lies in a secluded location just south of the Schlossberg mountain. It’s a perfect blend of original features with contemporary furnishings and is home to the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Quedlinburg. Guests love their beautifully appointed rooms, breakfast, scenic location and onsite restaurant.
  • Wyndham Garden Quedlinburg Stadtschloss: situated in a former castle, this chain hotel offers contemporary furnishings with a touch of fairy-tale charm. Guests love its central location and fine wine collection in the Stadtschloss’s vaulted cellar.
  • Hotel Zum Bär: this family-run hotel in Quedlinburg sits right on the historic Market Square. A timber-framed building offers comfortable, traditional-style rooms in this budget-friendly 3-star property with a restaurant that serves German cuisine. Guests love the friendly service, location, and breakfast.

Tourist Info Quedlinburg

How to Get from Berlin to Quedlinburg

Travelling from Berlin to Quedlinburg is super easy. Both the train and car get you there in almost the same amount of time. We elected to rent a car for our Quedlinburg day trip as we were travelling with our dog, and it is a much more comfortable journey for him than by train. Also, it allowed us to stop along the way if we wanted to.

Berlin to Quedlinburg Train (note there are a few options, but I selected the shortest time duration)

  • From Berlin’s central train station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, take the IC2432 Norddeich Mole train to Magdeburg (4 stops in 90 minutes)
  • Take the RE11 80500 Thale Hbf to Quedlinburg station (8 stops in 75 minutes)
  • Total time is 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Book train tickets in advance here

By Car

  • Rent a car here (be sure to select unlimited km when booking)
  • Using GPS, we took the A2 Autobahn towards Magdeburg, then B6 to Quedlinburg
  • Driving time is 2.5 hours (224 km)
  • Parking in Quedlinburg: there are several parking lots located near the Old Town. We parked at the lot closest to Sternkiekerturm. Parking is 1 € per hour.

As a Holidaymaker

There is no doubt that Quedlinburg has to be on your Germany itinerary. Whether you are touring northern Germany or taking a day trip from Berlin, Quedlinburg is worth visiting.

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