A legend tells of a goldsmith who fell in love with the Duke's daughter. The duke got angry and imprisoned him. The princess, however, begged her father to release her lover. The father promised to do so and even allow him to marry his daughter if the goldsmith managed to make a goblet from which two persons can drink at the same time without spilling a single drop.
The goldsmith created a portrait of his beloved, whose skirt had the shape of a beaker. The arms of the figure hold a second turnable beaker. By turning the figure upside down, both beakers can be filled and drunk from.
So the bridal goblet was invented. This craft originates in Nürnberg. Goblets of this kind were already made in the 16th century. When the jeweller Julius Schäfer moved from Nürnberg to Goslar in the mid-19th century he brought this craft with him. The family workshop has been making these goblets for five generations.
What to buy: If you need a special and symbolic wedding gift, here it is.
Even if you don't want to buy anything, these goblets on display in the shop are pretty to look at.
The jeweller owns a collection of at least 500 historical wedding goblets which is shown in different museums.
What to pay: Prices vary, depending on material and size. Here is the shop's website.
What to buy:
Witches belong in the Harz. The Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz, is, according to legends, the Blocksberg where the witches assemble on their broomsticks to dance during Walpurgisnacht, the night from April 30 to May 1.
Witch dolls have become the No. 1 Harz souvenir. They come in all sizes, from keyrings to the size of a small child. You'll find them in any souvenir shop around the whole Harz.
Every shop her offered many different Witches.
these Witches called "Brockenhexe". It means that many Years ago a Witch was flying around the Brocken(Highest Mountain in the Harz).
So the witches get her name. many of the tourists buy one of these witches. I think it`s OK if you like these items.
But not only witches were sell here. You find many great shops here in the Oldtown.
You can spend hours and hours if you want a shopping tour here.
In the center of Goslar you will find the Christmas Market [in December of course!], but ornaments are also available at many shops throughout the town.
What to buy: I liked the wooden ornaments best.
Please click on the picture to see the detail.
The Goslar Christmas Market is considered one of the most romantic ones in Germany. The central attraction of the is the incredible advent calender that covers the side of a house!