Saturday, June 18, 2016

Quedlinburg and Hotel Theophano

Executive summary by darmansjah

Quedlinburg is a town located north of the Harz mountains, in the district of Harz in the west of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. In 1994 the medieval court and the old town were set on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Until 2007 it was the capital of the district of Quedlinburg. Some places in town with Romanesque architecture are part of the holiday route Romanesque Road, such as St. Servatius' church at the castles hill, St. Wigbert's church down the valley and St Marie's church on the Montsion's hill (Münzenberg).

In the innermost parts of the town, a wide selection of half-timbered buildings from at least five different centuries are to be found (including a 14th-century structure, one of Germany's oldest), while around the outer fringes of the old town are wonderful examples of Jugendstil buildings, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Since December 1994, the old town of Quedlinburg and the castle mount with the collegiate church are listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.[2] Quedlinburg is one of the best-preserved medieval and renaissance towns in Europe, having escaped major damage in World War II.

In 2006, the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen Selketal branch was extended into Quedlinburg from Gernrode, giving access to the historic steam narrow gauge railway, Alexisbad and high Harz plateau.

The castle and the cathedral still tower above the city the way they dominated the town in early Middle Ages. The cathedral is a prime example of German Romanesque style. The Domschatz, the cathedral treasure containing ancient Christian religious artefacts and books, was stolen by an American soldier and finally brought back to Quedlinburg in 1993 and is again on display here.

The nearest airports to Quedlinburg are Hannover, 120 km north-west, and Leipzig/Halle Airport, 90 km south-east. Much closer, but only served by a few airlines, is Magdeburg-Cochstedt. An airfield is located at Ballenstedt-Assmussstedt for general aviation.

Regional trains run on the standard-gauge Magdeburg–Thale line by Deutsche Bahn and the private company Connex connect Quedlinburg with Magdeburg, Thale, and Halberstadt.

In 2006, the Selke Valley branch of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways was extended into Quedlinburg from Gernrode, giving access to the historic steam narrow-gauge railway, Alexisbad, and high Harz plateau.

Quedlinburg is connected by regional buses to the surrounding villages and small towns. Additionally, buses to Berlin are run by the company BerlinLinienBus

Hotel Theophano

Overlooking its beautiful gardens and the Toroneos Gulf, Theophano Imperial Palace Hotel offers a lovely outdoor pool setting just steps away from Kallithea beach, along with plenty of leisure facilities.

Relax in your comfortable room and enjoy the views from your private balcony. Free wireless internet access is available in the public areas of Theophano Imperial Palace.

There are plenty of on-site activities for both children and adults. Theophano Imperials Kids Club is available for your children and features a kids menu and entertainment from the animation team.

Families and friends can enjoy a game of tennis on one of the 6 courts or play a game of mini golf. If you need to burn more energy, join in with the water and beach aerobics.

There is also a wealth of water sports available at Theophano Imperial Palace and a professional dive centre to help you make the most of this fantastic location in Kallithea.

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