One of my favourite old houses is the grey brick Municipal Treasurer's Building near Markplatz. Right in front of it stands a circular fountain topped by a golden eagle.
This house known as "Kaiserringhaus" (original name) was the coin guild house in medieval times.
Impressive by its size & austere outside appearance, but also by the great sense of order and balance presented by its façade.
Kaiserringhaus has been beautifully restored & houses Henry's, a good looking, modern hotel with reasonable rates. There's also Henry's Restaurant and Bar, and two terraces, one in front and another in a quiet courtyard at the back.
I was interested to know more about the history of this house, as it obviously went through Goslar's great periods as well as its hard times. But the leaflets I'd collected were only in German & I couldn't make out what was written. Next time, I'll keep leaflets to translate them once home.
Kaiserringhaus has a Glockenspiel at the centre of its main façade. It tells the story of Goslar, a silver mining boom town until the end of the 19th century.
Favorite thing: Slate (Schiefer) is a typical stone of the Harz mountains. Its structure makes it break into thin tiles. Slate tiles are used for roofs, but also for covering the facades of half-timbered houses to protect them from rain and snow. A good slater knows to arrange the tiles in patterns and ornaments. Keep your eyes open and you'll see a lot of different decorations.
Goslar's old town is UNESCO world heritage because of its historical significance and because of its completely preserved ensemble of medieaval and early modern buildings. Half-timbered houses are the typical architecture. Entire streets are full of them. The forests of the Harz mountains provided enough wood for building.
Fondest memory: Stroll through the streets and lanes of the old town and you'll see half-timbered houses from all eras, from 15th to 19th century.
There are many medieval backstreets in Goslar full of half-timbered houses to discover. Don't be afraid to venture off some of the more travelled paths and lose yourself in this little town. I promise you will stumble upon some absloute gems.... Walking around a town has to be one of my favourite ways to see a place, its inexpensive and good exercise, so what's stopping you?
The photo pictured is one such valuable jewel I found in Goslar's crown...
Goslar........wonderful, beautiful awesome.... I can`t find the right words to describe these lovely Medieval Town.
Let`s start with some pictures. These building called the Worth and was built in 1494.
Fondest memory: It`s always a plessure to walk around in these town. Just let the time goes by.You also can do a extrem shopping tour if you like.
Favorite thing: 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.
The main reason to visit Goslar is the beautifully preserved medieval center.
There are two unique aspects to the houses in Goslar. One is the Tudor/Norman plaster framed by timbers. The other uses slate shingles, not just on the roofs, but also on the SIDES of the buildings.
Favorite thing: I think if you walk around goslar, you know the reason why this lovely town is listed at the unesco list.
Favorite thing: And the house decorations sometimes reflected that. If you look carefully you can see the miner bent over his work in the carved and painted decoration beneath the window.
Favorite thing: This is one of the many really unique houses in Goslar. Here the norman timber/stucco is confined to a small portion -- as the slate shingles have taken over!