Eight questions for…

Eberhard Brecht, mayor of Quedlinburg

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Quedlinburg, what should I definitely not miss?

You should definitely take a stroll around the medieval town, and then you should also visit the collegiate Church with its Domschatz treasure and the museum, including its Ottonian vaulted cellar.

What do you particularly like here?

The segmentation of the town's layout gives a feeling of security, of convenience, and the sense that you're in an authentic historical location.

Do you have an insider tip?

My tip would be Münzenberg, a small town within a town. This medieval mount with the remnants of the Romanesque St. Mary's abbey has its own special flair and offers a great view of the town.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

I grew up in Quedlinburg, and as a child I was impressed by the massive town walls with their towers.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

Many visitors flock here in December for the "Advent in the Courtyards" Christmas market. Otherwise, early summer or fall is a good time to visit the town.

What else should I see here?

I recommend a visit to the Romanesque St. Wiperti's Church, St. Cyriakus' Church in the Gernode district, as well as the Gothic churches on the market square and in the Neustadt quarter. Otherwise, there's the Wiperti-Craftsman's yard, the Lyonel Feininger gallery, and the Roseburg in the Rieder district is worth a visit too. Quedlinburg is also home to many museums, for instance the Klopstock House and of course the Museum for Half-Timbered Architecture.

Visiting World Heritage sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

I recommend a visit to the Lüdde brewery. Beer has been brewed here for many generations.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

I would love to visit the Hanseatic Town of Visby in Sweden.

Eberhard Brecht

was born in Quedlinburg. He has been Mayor of the town he was born in since 2001.

He studied physics in Leipzig and later worked as a biophysicist in Berlin and elsewhere. In 1990 he was voted into the first democratically elected People's Chamber of the former East Germany. The same year, he also became a member of the Bundestag, the first united post-war German parliament.