Quedlinburg

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Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg's Skyline
Quedlinburg's Skyline
Coat of arms of Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg is located in Germany
Quedlinburg
Coordinates 51°47′30″N 11°08′50″E / 51.79167°N 11.14722°E / 51.79167; 11.14722
Administration
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Harz
Town subdivisions 3 districts
Mayor Eberhard Brecht (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 78.15 km2 (30.17 sq mi)
Elevation 150 m  (492 ft)
Population 22,185  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 284 /km2 (735 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HZ (formerly QLB)
Postal code 06484
Area code 03946
Website www.quedlinburg.de
Satellite picture Quedlinburg
Source: World Wind
Satellite picture QuedlinburgSource: World Wind

Quedlinburg is a City in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The city covers an area of 78 km2 (30.1 sq mi). 22,795 people live there (2005). The place is 8 kilometers north of the Harz mountains. The small river called Bode is flowing through the city. In 1994 the UNESCO set the old town Quedlinburg on the list of World Heritage Sites.

History[change | change source]

In the year 922 the name Quedlinburg was first mentioned in a paper from King Henry I the Fowler of Germany. In the first half of the 10th century the Hungarians with their horses attacked many places all over central Europe. King Henry built up a castle to give the farmers around a place to flee. In 936 the king died and his body was buried on the castle hill in Quedlinburg. His widow Matilda and his son King Otto I set up a convent for ladies. The tasks of this convent included the commemoration of King Henry I and the education of young ladies to get better chances to get married. This convent on the hill was dissolved in 1803. First abbess of the ladies-convent was Matilda, the daughter of King Otto I and granddaughter of Queen Matilda. In the valley north of that hill in 994 King Otto III founded the old town. He was asked to do so by his aunt abbess Matilda.

This old town was used by merchants to sell and buy textiles and so it grow up. In the middle of the 12th century a new town was created by the abbess of the ladies-convent. In 1330 both towns were united. They got stronger in power and in 1477 they tried to get totally independent of the abbess. But military troops sent by the brothers of the abbess occupied both towns. All the citizens got under control of the abbess again. In 1541 the Protestant Reformation reached the convent and the town and everybody changed their beliefs to the Protestant religion. Surprisingly during the Thirty Years' War the town was not destroyed because the abbess made diplomatic arrangements with all the bypassing military leaders.

Geography and Climate[change | change source]

The city is 8 kilometers north of the Harz mountains around 123 meters above sea level. The surroundig mountains reach about 180 meters above sea level. Most of the town is on the western side of the river Bode's bank. The town area covers around 78,15 square kilometers.

The average temperature of the year is 8,8 °C. January and February are the coldest months of the year, with an average temperature of 0,1 °C and 0,4 °C. July and August are the hottest months, with an average temperature of 17,8 °C (63 °F) and 17,2 °C. The average annual rainfall is about 438 millimetres. The rainfall occurs usually between May and September. This amount of rainfall is among the lowest values in Germany, which has an annual average around 800 millimetres.

Sister cities[change | change source]

Quedlinburg has partnerships with 5 cities. Each of the 5 boroughs also has their sister cities, sometimes called twin towns.

References[change | change source]

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This article is about a World Heritage Site