The Ancient Market Town that Escaped Two World Wars

There is hardly a town in Europe left unscathed by two 20th Century wars; although there are bittersweet memories of a Nazi concentration camp nearby Quedlinburg in German Saxony-Anhalt. The town owes its existence to the generosity of King Henry the Fowler. He gave money for an abbey in the year 922 where daughters of high nobility received their schooling. The remnants of the king’s magnificent castle still stand proudly on a high ridge, although it could not have stopped a modern army.

Quedlinburg Germany, Castle Hill

The Ancient Market Town that Escaped Two World Wars: Castle and Monastery Quedlinburg Germany
Quedlinburg Castle and Monastery: Photo on Wikipedia by APreussler / CC BY-SA 3.0

As the years passed by the abbey gradually muscled into castle space, and half-timbered mediaeval houses grew up around it. Fortunately for us, generals on both sides bypassed this unique piece of history, although the Nazi’s did plan to convert the magnificent cathedral into a shrine for the new society they hoped to create.

Paradise of Peaceful, Mediaeval Streets

The Ancient Market Town that Escaped Two World Wars: Quedlinburg Germany
Quedlinburg cobblestone street: Photo on Flickr by Sergei Gussev / CC 2.0)

We overnighted at the lovely Romantik Hotel but preferred to luncheon at a delightful restaurant, where we were cheek and jowl to ancient abbey walls. It was a pleasant day so we settled for open Bavarian-style smoked sandwiches with plenty of capers, successfully downed by a pair of authentic Bavarian Bockbiers

A Placid Restaurant with Soul Food

The Ancient Market Town that Escaped Two World Wars: Restaurant Benedikt behind the market church Quedlinburg Germany
Restaurant Benedikt behind the market church: Photo on Flickr by Felix Garbe / CC 2.0

Quedlinburg displays a strength of character appropriate to a world heritage site, and was one of the few German mediaeval / baroque towns that survived two horrendous wars that were supposed to end war, but did not. I have no idea how this little house forced the roads to go around it when they built the market square, but somehow it did. The owner must have had connections with a king or an abbess.

A Building with Strength of Character

Downtown Quedlinburg Germany
Downtown Quedlinburg: Photo on Flickr by Serbei Gussev / CC 2.0

 

About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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