Quedlinburg is one of the best-preserved timber-framed towns in Germany. In its more than 1000-year history, it has seen kings and emperors, survived threatening decay and been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.
Collegiate church and castle
Quedlinburg’s center and roots are on the hill with its castle and collegiate church. The chapter of secular canonesses was founded by the future emperor Otto I to commemorate his late father, Henry I, and provide for his widow Mathilde and unmarried daughters of the nobility. The town that resulted remained an important temporary residence for the itinerant rulers for two centuries.
Every year a historical Easter procession commemorates Quedlinburg’s tradition as a residence for itinerant emperors and kings in the Middle Ages.