Stiftskirche St Cyriakus

Harz Mountains

One of the purest examples of Romanesque architecture from the Ottonian period is this church in Gernrode, 8km south of Quedlinburg. Construction of the basilica, which is based on the form of a cross, was begun in 959. Especially noteworthy is the early use of alternating columns and pillars, later a common Romanesque feature. The octagonal Taufstein (christening stone), whose religious motifs culminate in the Ascension, dates from 1150.

You can also see enclosed in glass Das Heilige Grab, an 11th-century replica of Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Harz Mountains attractions

1. Stiftskirche St Servatius

4.25 MILES

This 12th-century church is one of Germany’s most significant from the Romanesque period. Its treasury contains valuable reliquaries and early Bibles. The…

2. Schlossmuseum

4.28 MILES

The Schlossberg, on a 25m-high plateau above Quedlinburg, was initially graced with a church and residence under King Heinrich I (Henry the Fowler),…

3. Klopstockhaus

4.32 MILES

The early classicist poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724–1803) is one of Quedlinburg’s most celebrated sons. He was born in this 16th-century house,…

4. Lyonel Feininger Galerie

4.35 MILES

This purpose-built gallery exhibits the work of influential Bauhaus artist Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956), who was born in New York and came to Germany at…

5. Fachwerkmuseum im Ständerbau

4.43 MILES

Germany’s earliest half-timbered houses were built using high perpendicular struts known as Ständerbau. The building dating to 1310 that now houses…

6. Hexentanzplatz

4.67 MILES

Of the two rocky bluffs flanking the Bode Valley, Hexentanzplatz is the most developed and popular. Take the cable car to the top for spectacular views…

7. DDR Museum

4.76 MILES

Step back into a time and a country gone forever in this interesting little museum remembering the not-so-good ol' days (depending on who you talk to) of…

8. Rosstrappe

5.22 MILES

Lovely views await at the top of Rosstrappe peak, which takes its name from what is supposedly a horse’s hoof print, visible in stone on the cliff, left…