Quedlinburg's claim to fame is the very large number of half-timbered houses found throughout the Aldstadt. But I was surprised at the mix of architecture - most streets have a majority of medieval half-timbered house but there are a surprising number of 17th, 18th and 19th Century buildings inter-mixed along most streets. The Aldstadt has a less glitzy feel than similar towns (eg, Rothenburg o.d. Tauber), mainly because many of the buildings are in less than ideal states of repair. There are some that have been perfectly restored but also a surprising number that are in poor condition. But this helps provide a more interesting and authentic feel for visitors - well worth an afternoon wandering the streets. Note: the town square is under going major renovation works until June 2013 and this visually disrupts the centre of the Aldstadt.
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