Today I’m going to take you to a few hidden gems we visited over Easter vacation. I’m always looking for those different places that aren’t overrun by tourists. The little towns tucked away in the hills or by the sea. We had such a lousy winter that we were ready to take off to someplace else, so we rented a little apartment for us and the furry one. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures we took and the little history I gathered.
We explored the Saxony area and the Harz region. The Harz mountains have the highest elevation in northern Germany and run along Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. On our way to our final destination, we stopped in a town named Goslar located in Lower Saxony. A mining area that left its mark upon the region. Over 3000 years ago, ore was extracted, and 1000 years ago under the Ottonian rule, ore mining began. It was the up-and-coming economic region.
The town began forming its current appearance around 1460. The townspeople refurbished churches from the Romanesque period.
Due to political and economic upheaval during the 16th century, the town of Goslar became “a Free City rotting in its privileges,” per Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s experience in 1777. Goslar’s economy didn’t begin to flourish again until the mid-19th century.
There is so much character to this town; an unexpected surprise. I’m so glad we took the time to stop here before our final destination of Quedlinburg.
A magical town, I felt transported to another time in Quedlinburg-a medieval town that survived WWII.
Quedlinburg was the first to elect a king, the Saxon Duke Heinrich, by noble peers in 919 A.D. for all of Germany instead of just to rule over a local area. Heinrich was referred to as “Henry the Fowler” because when a messenger came to inform him he would be king, he was fixing his bird nets. The below picture is a sculpture in the town depicting Henry the Fowler and his noble peers. A king remained in this area for three centuries until Germany broke up into 300 small city-states, not becoming one again until 1871.
St. Servatius Church was built on top of a mountain (the Schlossberg) where the Quedlinburg treasures are protected.
The below picture of the town’s red roofs was taken from the Schlossberg grounds. The church steeples peep up from the timber houses.
A little quaint narrow walkway.
This is St. Nicholas Church. It was very unique with plain white walls and a crypt underneath the alter. If I remember correctly, this church is 1,000 years-old.
Quedlinburg is known for its history of trade and religion. A hill west of the Schlossberg is called the Münzenberg. This is where many artists and musicians migrated to after being shunned by many tradesman for a lack of trade qualities.
And lastly, a picture of me and my husband and best friend taken from the Münzenberg with Schlossburg behind us.
Thanks for sticking around and reminiscing with me. 😀
Ancient and Survival,