Hidden away in the Harz Mountains in the center of Saxony-Anhalt is the town of Hecklingen, a place where if you’re looking for nightclubs and partying nightlife you’ll be disappointed. However, if you’re looking to see a romantic town of medieval churches and castles, then you’ve gotten to the right place.
Your first castle visit can actually be your hotel room, because that’s what the 17th century Stadtschloss Hecklingen now is.
Castle Schneidlingen didn’t have the same fate. This poor castle isn’t really in ruins — it’s worse. It looks as if this 12th century burg is just downright abandoned. But, do me a favor. Stand here for a few minutes and really look at this magnificent castle, you’ll find the beauty of it; even in this unkempt state.
If you really want to see something beautiful, you need to see Hecklingen’s former monastic church of Saints George and Pancratius. It was built in the 12th century and it’s full of Romanesque sculpture. Plus, it’s the venue for a number of concerts and other festivities.
In the village of Groß Börnecke there’s another church that also likes to get in on the festive fun. The St. Lawrence Church (it’s on a charming, winding, cobblestoned lane) is the site of Hecklingen’s Summer Festival (in August) and holds annual Advent concerts.
The St. Clements Church in the same village isn’t a church any longer (it’s a cultural meeting place), but it still has its pulpit and altar inside.
Over in Cochstedt (another village of Hecklingen) the Sankt Sixit Church still retains its Romanesque origins, but also has a lovely 15th century crucifix and Baroque accents.
Speaking of Romanesque origins, that brings me to the fact that Hecklingen proudly belongs to the Romanesque Route.
And speaking of Cochstedt, west of Hecklingen (and south of its Cochstedt district) lies the Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport [CSO]. So it’s quite convenient to get here, isn’t it? :-)
You know, you might not even notice that Hecklingen is literally right next door to the city of Magdeburg; and is part of the “Magdeburg Region,” a scenic area that highlights the best of the best.
From what I can see of Hecklingen, there’s no need to go any further.