Etappe 6: Von Thale nach Quedlinburg – Harzer Klosterwanderung
Renée planned a hike.
March 18, 2021
On the last stage of the Harz monastery hike, a full load of history and some churches and monasteries of international importance await you. From Thale, however, your path initially leads you along romantic paths along the Bode. Soon you can make out a bizarre sandstone formation in the distance: the King's Stone on the Devil's Wall. Shortly before Neindorf I have planned a detour to the cliff, because the black colored rocks jutting into the sky are definitely worth a visit and it is not surprising that there are many legends and myths surrounding the ridge.In Neindorf you pass the village church St. Katharinen, which is slightly elevated above the village. You get to Stecklenberg via dirt roads. Shortly after the village I have planned another detour to the ruins of the Stecklenburg. Only the remains of the wall are left of the castle, which was built in the 11th century, and the view from up here makes up for the short, steep climb. Some of the benches invite you to take a break.Along the slope you hike through the forest to Gernrode to the Romanesque collegiate church of St. Cyriakus. The church, which is more than 1000 years old, is one of the most important Ottonian architectural monuments in Germany and is one of the oldest churches in Northern Europe.You leave Gernrode to the north. Shortly behind the outskirts, a little off the monastery hiking trail, is the historic Bückemühle restaurant, which is ideal for a lunch break. She is known for her good fish dishes from her own rearing.You now walk across the fields towards Quedlinburg. You always have views of the Teufelsmauer and the gentle hilly landscape in front of the Harz. Finally you cross the Bode and the Brühlpark and shortly afterwards you reach the Münzberg in Quedlinburg. The former monastery of St. Marien, which originally stood here, has been built over and converted with residential houses since the 16th century and is the destination of your hike. In the Münzenberg Museum you can learn a lot about the monastery and there is also a lot to see in the UNESCO World Heritage city. Finally, you can take the train back to Goslar.
March 27, 2021