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“Serious architecture (with an overlay of tourism)” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Altstadt Quedlinburg

Altstadt Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
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Hobart, Australia
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“Serious architecture (with an overlay of tourism)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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“A historian's dream”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Apparently bypassed by modernisation and without serious fire or war (apparently the 30yrs war was the last one), the city centre is a pretty random mixture of architectural styles from several centuries. It is a very easy walkaround and the cobbled streets add to the effect. This is a major tourist trap and the shops reflect that. Interesting churches and buildings, the local residents seem to have preserved a great deal. This would make a very good summer visit but it would only take a couple of days to see most things unless you are very historically minded.

Visited March 2013
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Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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“Beautiful medieval town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Impressive old town. Beautiful and the biggest amount of medieval buildings together that i've ever seen!

Visited January 2013
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Magdeburg, Germany
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“Beautifully preserved medieval town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

A beautiful old medieval town that is very well preserved, a walk down the alleyways between woodwork houses and nice bars and restaurants is very highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
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“GOOSE BUMPS!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

I get goose bumps just thinking about this beautiful historic collection of buildings. It was awesome. We spent hours just wandering and looking at half timbered houses, stayed in one too. This is a dream town. It you like half timbered houses you really need to put this town on your list. Most of the town is restored and the historic houses seem to go on forever. Be prepared to walk and just take it all in. There are lots of visitors but it never seems crowded.

Visited October 2012
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