Picturesque half-timbered houses, modern art behind historic walls, romantic alleys with small cafés and restaurants, overlooked by the Romanesque collegiate church: Quedlinburg is the lively UNESCO World Heritage town in the northern Harz foothills.
Quedlinburg's old town, with its 1300 half-timbered houses dating back 8 centuries, is its greatest attraction. And the town is also lively; artists open their studios, make music or perform theatre.
As the city was only a member of the Hanseatic League for a short time, little has survived from this period, although those 50 years were among the most politically and economically active in its history. The Gothic west tower on the town hall façade was added around 1450 to safely house mint stamps, precious metals and important documents. The "Roland", as a testimony to high civic pride, was erected during the time of the Hanseatic membership (ca. 1440).