Location: On the border of Lower Saxony and Thuringia
The small town of around 20,000 inhabitants sits in the far south of Lower Saxony, about 30 km east of the famous university city of Göttingen, and only 3 km from the border to Thuringia. Thanks to fertile soils, the area has been known as Golden Mark. Nowadays, the hilly area is crisscrossed by a well-developed network of hiking paths and cycling tracks, making the region a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Business: Manual skills needed!
Duderstadt makes an attractive place to do business. Its medieval city centre is a shopper’s paradise. Looking back on a 700-year long history, crafts have always played an important role here. Otto Bock, a prosthetics producer and plastics processer, is the largest employer of the area. Furthermore, the German Federal Police, the Bundespolizei, has a battalion here.
Culture: Half-timbered houses and marksmen’s festivals
The well-preserved old town is home to hundreds of charming half-timbered houses, of which the majority functions as residential buildings. Some, like the Town Hall, stand out from their surroundings. A 3.5-kilometres long hillfort surrounds the inner city, and walking the trail along the ancient wall is worthwhile for any visitor. The twisted tower of the Westerturm will surely make you look up in astonishment. Each year, numerous marksmen’s festivals are held, bringing hundreds of inhabitants and visitors to the streets. The town’s symbolic figure, the Anreischke, is always part of the festivities. Since Duderstadt is located in the Eichsfeld region, which is famous for its culinary delights, one must try the cake and sausage specialties when visiting Duderstadt.
Activities: A hiker’s paradise
Besides participating in the festivities and discovering the ancient inner city, the town offers gorgeous surroundings that are great destinations for hiking and cycling tours. Explore the Eichsfeld region, and go on excursions to the southern Harz Mountains, which are merely 30 km away. Göttingen, also makes for an interesting visit. Those interested in history should pay the Heimatmuseum, the regional museum, a visit or pass the former Inner German border and take a look at the exhibits at the Grenzlandmuseum (Border Country Museum) in Teistungen.