St. Servatius, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a collegiate church built in Romanesque style on Schlossberg hill in Quedlinburg. Depicting the biblical words of King Solomo, the ceiling frescoes in the crypt are an impressive highlight. The crypt also accommodates grave slabs of abbesses of the convent of nunnery originating in the early 12th century. Those are considered to be the oldest relief slabs found in Germany.
The Cathedral's Treasure
In particular, the collegiate church is famous for its treasures, a collection of medieval treasures, among which you may find sculptures, panel paintings, gold work, carvings in ivory and works from oriental crystal art. Particular attention is paid to the knotted carpet from 1200 AD, depicting the wedding of the Roman god Mercury with Philology. The carpet is regarded as a the oldest knotted carpet in Europe. Regularly changing special exhibition complete the experience.
The Collegiate Church of St. Servatius looks back on more than 1000 years of history. The first German King Heinrich I (Henry the Fowler) founded it as a palatine church in the 10th century. In 936 he was buried here as well. By request of his wife, Matilda of Ringelheim, a convent for nuns was founded that was strongly linked to Ottonian and Salian ruling families. The church was then built in Romanesque style from 1070 AD to 1129 AD.
- The day pass at Collegiate Church of St. Servatius is €6 making it one of the 3 cheapest tourist Attractions in Saxony-Anhalt.
How to get there
Quedlingburg has a well connected public transport network. All guests staying overnight in the Landkreis Harz (county of the Harz area) receive, upon checking in at a hotel, the so-called HATIX, the vacation ticket valid for the Harz area which enables any guest to use buses for free.
- From the direction of Wernigerode take bus line 21 (provided by Harzer-Verkehrs-Betriebe) to get to Quedlingburg.
- From the direction of Thale using bus lines 9, 10, 12, 17 or 18 will take you to Quedlingburg.
- From the direction of Stolberg/ Südharz two bus lines lead straight to Quedlingburg: 31 and 38.