Duderstadt’s ancient walls and eight gate towers serve as constant reminders of the town’s rich history, which dates from 929. What stories these constructions would tell if they could speak!
Certainly they would tell of Andreas. He was the master fortress builder who designed the three-kilometer-long earthen inner wall in 1506, the so-called Anreischke.
Atop churches and administrative buildings, razor-like spires cut through the blue sky above you. Step inside 13th-century St. Cyriakus’s Church and be transported back deep in time.
Parts of the church’s altar have survived intact since 1480. A number of baroque additions were made later, between 1720 and 1750.
From the West Tower with its twisted roof built in 1343 to the beautiful Protestant Church of St. Servatius, circa 1370, a walk along Market Street will have your eyes bulging right out of your head.
How stately the trussed town houses are that line the way, curving slightly to mark an oval-shaped passage. Some 600 of these red-roofed residences can be found around town.
You will marvel at the old Town Hall, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful seats of government in the entire country. This massive, half-timbered structure, with three great towers worn like a crown was established in 1302 and renovated many times since.
Stop here to watch as its clock strikes every odd-numbered hour from 8am till 7pm. You will hear the carillon play as a bust of Andreas emerges from within.
All this sightseeing is certain to arouse your appetite, and you will want to be sure to try the local fare. Known as either Eichsfelder or Duderstädter cuisine, the main feature is hearty homemade sausage.
A version called Feldgieker is especially popular in this area, where restaurants with al-fresco seating and cozy street cafés allow you to linger in the architectural atmosphere as you dine. You will quickly understand why the locals are so fond of saying, “Eating and drinking holds body and soul together.”