Museums for Half-timbered Architecture in the Ständerbau
Wordgasse 3, Tel. 03946/3828; Fax 03946/515975
The extensive holdings of the city of Quedlinburg in medieval building substance led to its inclusion in the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. In the relatively undamaged town quarters with their medieval flair beneath the historical castle hill, there remain approximately 1,300 half-timbered houses. Quedlinburg is considered to be the largest half-timbered city left standing in Germany.
The Museum for Half-timbered Architecture, the only one of its sort, is housed in a post construction with vertical uprights (\"Ständerbau) from the 14th century. The upright beams encircle the body of the house, intact and uninterrupted from their base, or the threshold, all the way up to the roof. Fitted into slots cut through the beams, supports for the division into two floors have been inserted and secured against forces of downward pull and external push with wooden spars along the beams exterior.
Inside the museum, the visitor will find information on the history of half-timbered architecture from the 14th to the 19th centuries and on the reconstruction efforts undertaken by the city of Quedlinburg. Models have been constructed to render in a highly visible manner the stylistic evolution of half-timbered architecture.
Copies of the various wood joints and carpenters tools can be taken up in the hand, helping the visitor literally to grasp the concepts of half-timbered construction.
Adults 3, 00
Family card: 7, 00
Culture Card 8.50
(Also entitles the holder to a visit to the Klopstock House and the Castle Museum)
April - October: Friday - Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
November- March: Friday- Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
The Museum is closed on December 24 and 25 and on January 1.