Quality Hotel Harztreff
Triftstr. 25, 38644 Goslar
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Prisoners of war memorial
Market square and old town hall
Travel Tips for Goslar
Stroll along the little streams
The mountain stream through the centre of the old town certainly adds to the atmosphere here and if you walk along it you will be rewarded with sculptures in the stream, the town museum, a watermill and many other sights. Always with the mountains behind the next few blocks. The museum itself is one of the better small town museums I know and gives a good insight into the history of Goslar which was once a very important imperial city and a mining town (which you will see on the architecture in town with lots of slate). It also has a great collection of furniture and some church art.
Prisoners Of War Memorial
World War II is a difficult chapter in German history. Still, there has been suffering on the German side, too, which must not be forgotten either. This is not about glossing over or justifying anything but about learning from the past for a better future.
A memorial site next to the imperial palace is dedicated to the German prisoners of war in the Soviet Union. It was set up in the 1950s while a lot of German soldiers still were imprisoned in Siberia. Since my grandfather was one of them I have heard quite a bit about the horrors in these camps. The last of them were only released in 1957, twelve years after the end of the war, due to diplomatic efforts by West Germany's chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
The sculpture "Grasp into freedom" (photo 2), 1955 by Fritz Theilmann, became the symbol of the former prisoners of war.
The inscription on the piedestal of the statue says, "Peoples, abjure hatred - reconcile - serve peace - build bridges to each other."
Location: in the park in front of Kaiserpfalz
Die Worth (Kaiserworth Hotel)
Kaiserworth is definitely the most impressive building in the town with this mixture of styles on its facade, especially with the golden Baroque figures. There are 8 figures of the German emperors who contributed to the growth of the Imperial town of Goslar.
It was built in 1494 as a gild house of the cloth merchants who were at the time the most influential and richest citizen and who were impatient with the building of the city hall.
Nowadays the building is a hotel for 200 years already.
Imperial City of Goslar
Goslar is a city with over 1000 years of history. Nestled in the northern part of the Harz mountains, the neighbouring Rammelsburg mine and the medieval old town of Goslar have been on UNESCOs ( The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage list since 1992 as sites of outstanding cultural heritage.
There are 47 churches and chapels, I believe, in Goslar and this has led some to refer to the City as the Rome of the North.
There are towers and churches, colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets and a walk through the historic centre is like being transported back in time to the middle ages.
Also see my pages on nearby towns of Clausthal Zellerfeld and Schierke
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