The Quedlinburg castle complex (map), founded by King Henry I and built up by Emperor Otto I in 936, was an imperial *Pfalz of the Saxon emperors.
There are no big shopping centres in the immediate vicinity of Quedlinburg. Instead they pride themselves on the numerous little curio shops selling everything from arts and handicraft, to antique shops, offering a wide choice of objects to suit every taste.
Surrounding Area – Quedlingburg is an ideal point of departure to reach the nearby Harz, with dramatic gorges and mountainous landscapes waiting to be explored in a hiker’s paradise.
The ‘Romanesque Road‘ recounts dynasties and events from German and European history up to a thousand years ago. Numerous Romanesque edifices in the immediate vicinity of Quedlinburg bear witness to this history.
Thale Hexentanzplatz (Witches Dance Floor, map) is reputedly an Old Saxon cult site, at which, celebrations were held in honour of the so-called Hagedisen (forest and mountain goddesses), particularly on the night of 1 May. The place did not become known as the Hexentanzplatz until the cult was banned by the invading Christian Franks.