Astrid and Frank were already waiting for us. Arriving a little late because of a tremendous traffic jam on the German highway, we finally entered the city center of Quedlinburg. Our first impression was great: we were going to have a fab time here!
Our holiday apartment was situated close to the historical city center. We couldn’t find it immediately, but Astrid saw us driving and asking around, so she waved, shouted and pointed us the entrance gate. What authentic buildings and what a warm welcome we found just behind that gate!
Astrid and Frank are the owners of a brand new appartement complex in Quedlinburg called ‘An der Wassermühle’ (in English: ‘Next to the watermill’). They bought themselves several old buildings around a small square. Long time ago, the buildings were part of a water mill. After one year of hard work, they realized 6 beautiful apartments in one of the buildings. There is a bar where a delicious German breakfast is served and during the day the bar is open for drinks, ice cream or a grilled snack from the BBQ!
Everybody is welcome to have a look at big wheel of the water mill, wich is still intact. We found out this watermill is actually the largest one in the region and unfortunately not many have been left intact. ‘Our’ watermill was built in 1280 so we can call this place authentic for sure!
One year ago Astrid and Frank started renovating the old buildings to turn them into holiday apartments. The week before our stay they actually welcomed their first guests. Our family were the first customers who stayed for three nights. Our hosts were excited and enthusiastic and did everything to make us feel comfortable. They did a great job because after one day it felt like our home already!
Frank had some great sightseeing tips for the city and the region. He even guided us towards one of his favourite spots up the Münzenberg; a nearby hill with little houses and beautiful views on the city and its castle. Astrid is a true caring en warm host and she helped us wherever she could. Thanks to both for a lovely time!
The center of Quedlinburg is UNESCO World Heritage. It has a beautiful historical city center and there is really a lot to explore in the nearby area. The highlands of the Harz, just next to Quedlinburg, offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and other activities. You can read more about the Harz in an earlier post on this blog.
Astrid and Frank have lot of plans for the future. The building with the renovated apartments is huge and at least 6 more apartments will be realized. All the other buildings will have a function too: a workspace and atelier for artists and a hall for all kinds of parties. Although they are very busy with the construction of the new apartments, when you are a guest at ‘Wassermühle’ you will not notice it!
We loved our stay with Astrid and Frank and wish them all the best!
For more information visit their website: an der Wassermühle.