Querfurt Castle

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South round bastion
The area my boyfriend lives is rich in historical places. You find medivial castles, monasteries and churches all over Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia.

This time we went to the Querfurt castle which is the biggest and oldest castle in central Germany (7 times bigger than the famous Wartburg in Eisenach). It's located in the south of Saxony-Anhalt, west of the city of Querfurt and first mentioned in a register from 880.

3 mighty donjons define the image of the castle. The mighty, well preserved, forticication (double ring wall, canon bastions and the more than 10 meters thick west-entrance) is unique.  Despite heavy siege and bombardement during the Thirty-years-war and changing owners many times the castle could keep its medivial basic structure.
South round bastion


Nowadays you can stroll around the castle for free. If you wanna visit the museum and the chapel you have to pay a fee of 5 €. Guided tours are available as well. The chapel is really worth to visit. You find beautiful paintings and the precious tomb of earl Gebhard XIV. of Querfurt there. The museum itself is a bit poor since most of the displays have been stolen during the last days of World War II :( Climbing the "Pariser Turm" (one of the donjons) is really nice though. You have a beautiful view from there on the castle and the city.

The city of Querfurt isn't really what you call a "must-see". There are some nice buildings in the old town including city hall but the rest isn't interesting at all.

The beautiful city of Freyburg is only 24 km away and a better place to stroll around, buy some wine from the cooperative wine-growers association or have a coffee or ice cream in one of the cafès around the market place. So we did at that beautiful sunny spring day.



stefmuts says:
Wow, i'll keep that one in mind
Ich suche mir noch eine kleinere reise fur oktober
Posted on: Jul 09, 2014
aloneinthecrowd says:
Ich hatte vorher auch noch nie von Querfurt gehört. Mein Freund wohnt (noch) in der Nähe von Bitterfeld und das ist nur ca. 1 Stunde entfernt. Da wir beide mittelalterliche Gebäude mögen, haben wir einige Ziele an der "Straße der Romanik" abgeklappert. Wir haben aber noch lange nicht alles gesehen ;)
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011
aloneinthecrowd says:
Does she like sexy knights? ;) There'll be a medivial festival from July 5 - 7, 2010 with knight tournament, Renaissance Fair, carneys and musicians. Maybe this will satisfy her ;)
Posted on: May 09, 2010
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South round bastion
South round bastion
South round bastion
South round bastion
Marterturm (one of the donjons) be…
Marterturm (one of the donjons) b…
Southern walls
Southern walls
South round bastion
South round bastion
Detail of south round bastion
Detail of south round bastion
Marterturm behind the southern wal…
Marterturm behind the southern wa…
Southern walls
Southern walls
West entrance
West entrance
Bridge to the west entrance
Bridge to the west entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
Arrow slit
Arrow slit
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
West entrance
Administrative building
Administrative building
Administrative building
Administrative building
Donjon Dicker Heinrich) (Rotund H…
Donjon "Dicker Heinrich) (Rotund …
Dicker Heinrich
"Dicker Heinrich"
The Chapel
The Chapel
The Chapel
The Chapel
The Chapel
The Chapel
The barn
The barn
The Chapel and donjon Pariser Tur…
The Chapel and donjon "Pariser Tu…
Donjon Pariser Turm
Donjon "Pariser Turm"
The Chapel
The Chapel
Tiny barn
Tiny barn
donjon Pariser Turm
donjon "Pariser Turm"
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
Barn
Barn
Inner bailey
Inner bailey
donjon Pariser Turm and Dicker …
donjon "Pariser Turm" and "Dicker…
The Chapel
The Chapel
Inner bailey
Inner bailey
The Chapel
The Chapel
Inner bailey
Inner bailey
Käsehäuschen (cheese hut) and …
"Käsehäuschen" (cheese hut) and…
The Chapel
The Chapel
The knight was in a hurry :p
The knight was in a hurry :p
The Chapel
The Chapel
The Chapel and grain- and armorhou…
The Chapel and grain- and armorho…
Grain- and armorhouse
Grain- and armorhouse
Administrative building
Administrative building
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel - Tomb of earl G…
Inside the chapel - Tomb of earl …
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Tomb of earl Gebhard XIV. of Querf…
Tomb of earl Gebhard XIV. of Quer…
Suit of armor
Suit of armor
Old chest
Old chest
Old chest
Old chest
Silver from 17th century
Silver from 17th century
Silver from 17th century
Silver from 17th century
Crossbow
Crossbow
Crossbow
Crossbow
Detail of crossbow
Detail of crossbow
Sword
Sword
The sword is nearly as huge as a m…
The sword is nearly as huge as a …
Helmet
Helmet
Spurs and step from 12th century
Spurs and step from 12th century
Sachsenspiegel - the most import…
"Sachsenspiegel" - the most impor…
View from Pariser Turm
View from "Pariser Turm"
View from Pariser Turm
View from "Pariser Turm"
View from Pariser Turm
View from "Pariser Turm"
View from Pariser Turm
View from "Pariser Turm"
View from Pariser Turm
View from "Pariser Turm"
Pariser Turm
"Pariser Turm"
Administrative building
Administrative building
Administrative building and grain-…
Administrative building and grain…
Administrative building
Administrative building
Loop road
Loop road
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
old stone cross
old stone cross
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
North-east entrance
North-east entrance
North-east round bastion
North-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South-east round bastion
South entrance
South entrance
City hall of Querfurt
City hall of Querfurt
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