Published: February 28th 2013April 26th 2012
We finally got to sleep in today, had breakfast at the hotel at about 9, chocolate croissants, meats, cheese, boiled egg and a tea.
We set off to find quedlingburgs castle, not having any idea where we were going we headed off in a random direction. After walking for about 10 mins we hit I guess what you would call a main road in Quedlinburg. We walked along it and up a big hill, from there we looked over the whole town. We located the castle on the opposite side of town to where we were and set off. walking along the main road we saw a cliff side with medieval houses on top, Danel said it looked like the scary witch town. I wanted to explore. I found some stairs and we climbed to the top. It was a splendid view of Quendlingburg, we could see the two main churches and the castle on the opposite side. We spent a little time looking around the witches town lol before heading over to get a closer look at the Castle. The castle square and the houses around it were probably the cutest in Quedlinburg. we wondered along the cobblestone streets
looking at all the pretty old buildings, old homes, inns and cafes, people out front enjoying a coffee and waffle. We somehow manage to walk back into the main square of the town and found a tourist information shop. It had many books on Quedlinburg big and small. All in German. Then FINALLY I found a tiny book on the side, in English!! “Quedlinburg in one day, a city tour” It was only €4 so I bought it instantly. We went to a nearby cafe to sit and decide where to go next. We ordered what we could off the German menu, 2 hot chocolates and a parfait. when the parfait came out it was HUGE it had cherries and cream and chocolate sauce, chocolate ice cream and the best cherry flavored icecream I’ve ever had! Thank goodness we were sharing! By the time we had finished I had discovered that in our book of things to see listed 1-30 we had just seen the first 11! I thought it would be a good idea to follow the book, with pictures and directions and map and information. We set off to find the
near by number 12, a post and beam constructed house, build in the early 1300’s!! I loved my guide as it was a building I would not have noticed or known anything about had I not bought it. The guide also read that this building represented the beginnings of timber frame architecture and is the oldest surviving and last of its kind in Germany! The book then told us about significant houses on the street we were on and guided us through to the main square to the town hall. First mentioned in 1310 its one of the oldest stone town halls in Germany. to the left of it was the Roland statue, a youthful figure with a shield and a sword raised in the air. We sat on the town hall stairs reading about his history, believed to lead back to the opening of the century. It was very interesting! So glad we found that guide book!We then walked as guided, past the church, many old houses and to one which had a tiny ally through the building into what is known as schuhhof or
shoe yard in English. Where cobblers lived and sold shoes off their fold down window shutters. Following the guide we were taken through extremely narrow streets steeped in history, that I would never have even noticed! Its so quiet Everywhere we go, rarely seeing other people except for in the main square. We visited the main churches, a then new town square (not that new) where we were staying, apparently alot of the houses on our street were for farmers, and date back to 1600’s-1700’s! it’s amazing to stay in places so old. After finishing our tour we were cold and hungry, we decided to have take away pizza from the place on the corner due to it being one of 2 takeaway places in all of Quedlinburg, and it had photographs of the pizzas, but we wernt ready to order any old pizza! We ordered a bolognese pizza, with sauce and cheese. A hot dog pizza, with cut up German hot dogs (unlike our frankfurts) pickles and cheese, and last but not lease a spaghetti pizza! Complete with spaghetti, sauce and cheese. Genius! The lady at the shop was very jolly, she
had a good giggle as we tried to work out what we were ordering our lack of German and her lack of English. After waiting 5 mins our pizzas were ready to go! As we picked up our pizza the woman also gave us 2 glass bottles drinks signaling they were free to take with us, on closer inspection we found them to be some sort of German clear alcohol. It’s amusing how accessible alcohol is here, the pizza shop has it the convenient shops have it even little Kabab and hot dog stalls have it! We couldn’t wait to get back to our room and try our crazy pizzas, they smelt amazing! We set the three medium sized pizzas out on the bed and opened them at the same time. I didn’t know what to try first! We HAD to try the spaghetti one first, it was great! Seems so simple? Two great Italian foods in one why didn’t I think of it sooner! next the bolognese which was really nice and saucy and last but not least the hot dog which was probably my favorite, slices of nice German
sausage, the pickles and tomato sauce with sweet pickle illy. yum!! Danels favourite was the spaghetti pizza. we ate until full, had a shower and got into our oneseys. it was still early so we relaxed with some wine we had bought the day before from the local little store, only costing a few euro per bottle we bought two, a white wine which was very nice, sweet and smooth. And a sparkling strawberry drink. Perfect way to end the day, it’s so quiet and peaceful here. A nice change from the cities.
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