Quedlinburg is located in a specifically culturally rich area, to the north of the Harz Mountains. From here you can comfortably reach the many travel/tourist destinations in the East-Harz region. The 1000 year old diocese town of Halberstadt, with its world famous cathedral, the cultural cities of Bad Suderode, Blankenburg and Gernrode are all accessible within a twenty minute drive.
For nature lovers, we recommend a hike through the wild and romantic Bode-valley of Thale to the town of Treseburg, or a visit to the Roßtrappe. This one-of-a-kind wonder of nature, has inspired many poets, tales and legends.
For culture enthusiasts, the Quedlinburg town theater offers many highlights. For visitors who prefer a little fresh-air, we recommend a visit to the Mountain Theater of Thale, which provides lively culture under the open sky. The Rübelander stalactite caves offer their subterranean cave festival plays as a particularly memorable theater experience for young and elderly alike.
For fans of old machinery, the Selke-valley railway (Harzer Schmalspurbahnen), which uses the narrow-gauge Harz steam trains, takes you through the lovely Selke-Valley to the Caves of Harzgerode and Hasselfelde. The locomotives from the early 20th century now allow you to begin your trip directly from Quedlinburg.
This traditional spa town was first mentioned in 1123 when the castle of the same name was built over the town. With a central position in the middle of Germany, and with countless nature and cultural attractions, the town invites you to come and relax.
Not only does the town offer medieval buildings but also has a splendid castle and garden architecture. The legendary ruins of Castle Regenstein, and the “Devils-Wall” will leave nothing to be desired for hiking and history enthusiasts.
At the entrance to the Harz lies the 1200 year old bishops’ town, which welcomes visitors from around the world to marvel at its sacral Buildings.
The gothic cathedral, with its famous cathedral treasure , the Romanic Liebfrauen-church and the St. Martini church distinctly define the silhouette of the town.
Wernigerode has many tourist attractions, and its town center is constructed mainly from half-timbered houses. The Wernigerode Castle is similar to the famous Neuschwanstein castle and also has very charming surroundings.
The Harz narrow gauge railway begins here, and will take you via Schierke to the top of the Brocken.
MOUNTAIN THEATER OF THALE
The Mountain theater on the witches dance floor is one of the most beautiful natural stages in Germany, especially with the Harz foothills as a backdrop. It is truly a phenomenal location for operas, musicals, and theatre performances.
PULLMAN CITY II
The Old Western styled town, Pullman City II is located in Hasselfelde. The town takes you on a trip through history to the time of the “Wild West”. With its saloon, jail, shooting gallery, adventure playground and extensive shows including equestrian acrobatics, lasso artists, parades and much more, it is sure to make your trip to Hasselfelde a thrilling adventure.
The Rübeland stalactite caves are among the most exciting locations for geology and cave enthusiasts. Magical arrangements of stalactites and stalagmites are sure to stimulate your imagination. The Baummann´s cave and the Hermann´s cave are the largest in the Harz.
Let yourself be charmed by the hidden and mystic underground world.
The 971m high Wurmberg, lies at the base of the Brocken and can be reached either on foot, or with the funicular located in Braunlage. During the Bronze Era,, Wurmberg was a place of worship for the tribes long ago. Remnants of the ancient Heiden stairs still exist between the Wurmberg inn and the funicular station.
The ski jump and the cross-country skiing tracks, which can be seen from afar, are a clear invite to more than just the winter sport enthusiasts.
For those who look for a good panorama view, there is also an observation tower at the peak of the Wurmberg.
BROCKEN AND THE BROCKEN RAILWAY
At 1142m high, the Brocken, which is referenced in many tales, is the highest mountain in the Harz. One of the many legends was that the peak is covered in fog for 300 days per year and rare optical effects can be observed from the mountain.
On a clear day however, one can see all the way to the great Island mountain of Thu¨ringen. Furthermore, between the museum and gardens at the top, there are also restaurants and the final station of the Harz narrow-gauge railway. Those stepping from the trains are immediately greeted by an impressive alpine environment. In winter the wind conjures strange shapes in the snow and ice; a trip aboard the “Blocksberg” is a guaranteed adventure.
Visible from afar in Blankenburg, lie the ruins of the massive highland fortress. This fortress is special for having its rooms and chambers excavated into the stone.
The Rosstrappe is a 403m high granite cliff, which lies above the Bode valley. This cliff can be reached by chairlift from Thale, where a great view of the Rosstrappe is to be seen.
According to the tale, there once was a giant called Bodo who sought to marry the princess Brunhilde. Since Brunhilde did not wish to marry the giant, she fled on a white horse. Unable to continue after reaching the top of the gorge, she spurred her horse and leapt with it to the other side of the drop, leaving a huge hoofprint in the rock, which can still be seen today.
The giant, who was too heavy, fell into the river, which flows at the bottom. This river has since then, been called the “Bode” after the giant.
For those looking for a good hike, there is a technical path over the Schurre down to the Bode valley. For an assent, the Präsidenten-path is recommended, as it leisurely winds back up to the top (about 4km).
SELKE VALLEY RAILWAY
Experience the romantic Selke Valley, with its landscape of rugged rocks, flowering meadows, idyllic ponds and enchanting forests from aboard the Selke railway.
The famous Harz narrow-gauge railway, began with the Selke Valley railroad.
The line from Gernrode to Mägdesprung, was opened on the 7th of August 1887. The Selke railway, is therefore the oldest section of the Harz narrow gauge railway.
The North Harz Devil´s Wall was placed under environmental protection in 1852 and therefore has the honor of being one of the world´s first nature reserves. Many tales and myths have tried to explain its peculiar shapes and structures.
The naturally formed “wall” of rock stretches all the way from Blankenburg to Ballenstedt, and is a popular location for novice and experienced climbers.