Quedlinburg is a city with a lot of history – no wonder, it has been around for about 1000 years! In addition, due to its location, the town has a lot to offer, especially for nature and hiking enthusiasts. On foot or by bike you can discover deep forests, rock formations and waterfalls.
Experience the perfect hiking vacation!
The Harz Mountains are wonderful for hiking, and so is Quedlinburg. From Quedlinburg many destinations are easily accessible, for example possibilities for fishing, playing mini golf and sailing. And, of course, numerous hiking trails and bike tours. Here are some of the most worth seeing hikes in the area.
Probably the most famous hiking trail in the region is the Selketal-Stieg – it is considered one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Harz Mountains. It runs for 74 km from Quedlinburg to Stiege, winding through the forests, along lakes and ponds, rocks and cliffs, through the Lower Harz.
In addition to the beautiful nature, there are also some sights along the way, such as rock formations, memorials and viewpoints.
And what more could you want – great views, lots of nature, and a lot of history and culture to boot. Hiking along this trail is worth it!
🥾 Harz Monastery Hiking Trail
Along the monastery hiking trail, as the name suggests, there are numerous monasteries and churches. The trail begins in Quedlinburg at the Marienkloster monastery. In addition to the cultural and historical church treasures, the beautiful natural landscapes of the Harz Mountains also inspire on this path.
When hiking this route you get the total package of nature and history.
🥾 Devil’s Wall
The Devil’s Wall is a rock formation about 20km long, made of sandstone. It is a protected nature reserve and extends, partly underground, from Ballenstedt to Blankenburg. In three places it emerges from the ground and can be admired there. The rock bands are connected by hiking trails, so you can look at them one after the other. In between you walk along forests and beautiful places.
There are several legends about the origin of the Devil’s Wall. The most common one says that the rock formation is said to be the result of a quarrel between God and the Devil. These entities allegedly quarreled over the power on earth. God promised the devil a part of the land on the condition that he build a wall between the Harz Mountains and the Harz foreland in one night. As soon as the first cockcrow sounds in the morning, the time is up.
So the devil set to work and built a wall of stone. But he did not manage to finish it in time because a maid was on her way to the market with her rooster. Said rooster then crowed earlier than expected. The devil – enraged – then smashed the wall he had built by then. According to the legend, the rock formations rising from the ground are the remains of what happened.
In fact, however, the rock formations were formed about 85 million years ago, by various deposits of minerals such as chalk and sandstone.
Whether there is any truth in the legend or not, the Devil’s Wall is absolutely worth seeing and the way there is also a great experience!
More than just hiking – bike tours & Nordic walking
If you need a change from hiking or just generally want to explore the area again in a different way, bike tours and Nordic walking are versatile activities.
Near Gernrode, a pretty village a bit away from Quedlinburg, for example, different Nordic Walking tours are offered. There is something for everyone, no matter how fit you are. There are short tours of about 2.5 km, but also longer routes for more experienced walkers, up to 15 km long.
From Quedlinburg you also have the possibility to go on scenic bike tours.
Cycle past nature and historical sights – with a fresh breeze!
In Quedlinburg you can also rent bicycles. This way you can plan your bike tour very comfortably and without having to bring your bike from home.
From Quedlinburg to Neinstedt
A great route that starts directly across from your Best Western Hotel Schlossmühle leads you from Quedlinburg to Neinstedt. On about 12 km, the path leads you past beautiful landscapes and sights. You start in the Brühlpark, a landscape park with a baroque hunting star. From here it goes along the river Bode to Neinstedt.
This path meanders along the Bode, which is rippling away, and the Teufelsmauer (Devil’s Wall). It also leads you past the Marienhof and the cozy Hofcafé. Here you will find a selection of fresh cakes and homemade ice cream – perfect for summer temperatures!
So, strengthened it can then go on the way back!
The Best Western Hotel Schlossmuehle is perfect for your vacation in the Harz Mountains. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll or prefer to go on a multi-day hike – from the hotel you can easily reach various hiking trails in the area. The Best Western Hotel Schlossmühle is also the perfect starting point for bike tours.
The Best Western Hotel Schlossmühle is a charming 4-star hotel with historical flair in the heart of Quedlinburg. The hotel is located on the grounds of a medieval mill. Many parts of the historic mill have been preserved to this day making the Best Western Hotel Schlossmühle a unique vacation experience. In the hotel, modern parts of the building are cleverly combined with ancient remains. This provides for a unique atmosphere where you can really feel at home and relax after an active day in nature.
Experience Quedlinburg in the Harz Mountains with its fantastic nature.