This type of fortificatory tower is, sort of, the "discount" version. They were built along the city walls, appearing as solid stone towers towards the outward side. In fact they are just half cylinders. The inner side towards the city is hollow. This structure saved costs, time and labour.
The inside was then filled with a timberframe structure to provide rooms for the guards and their armour. Nowadays these towers are used as residential houses.
The so-called Hall of Homage (Huldigungssaal) in the town hall was used for the meetings of the town council. Its interior was set up in 1505-1520 and mixes late gothic and renaissance style. It is an unique example of early 16th century painting.
All walls and the ceiling are covered with paintings on wood panels. The ceiling shows the life of virgin Mary, the wall panels Sibyls, the ancient prophetesses, medieval emperors, and contemporary people in the dress of rich citizens, maybe portraits of the donators, the mayor and members of the council? The alcove at the back side contains a little chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
This precious work of art is extremely delicate. After being closed to visitors entirely for a while, it can now be enjoyed again, but only through a glass window. The whole hall has been turned into a protected and air-conditioned clima chamber. The original can only be seen from the "visitor platform", which is in fact a small glass tunnel an adult person cannot even stand upright in. Of course one would like to go in and see the original closely, but on the other hand this is the only way to preserve it for future generations.
In the first room of the exhibition an accurate, though smaller reproduction of the hall has been erected. This model can be entered. In here, a multimedia presentation is shown that allows enjoying the details of the paintings and provides background explanations. The presentation is available in a German and an English version. Depending on the needs of the present visitors the lady at the cash desk will start one of them.
When I visited for the second time in 2013, to my surprise they allowed taking photos which had been strictly forbidden previously. But PLEASE turn your flash off as this precious art work is extremely sensitive to strong light.
More, including a photo and a virtual tour, on www.goslar.de - click "sights", then click "Town hall and hall of homage" in the upcoming list.
March 15 to November 2 and November 26 - December 31
Mon - Fri 11:00-15:00, Sat, Sun, holidays 10:00-16:00
Entrance fee: adults 3.50 €, children/Youth 1.50 €
The carillon in market square is one of Goslar's most popular attractions. While the bells play their melodies, a procession of miners from medieval to modern times, led by the knight who first discovered the treasure of Rammelsberg, moves along.
There are 3 parts, so don't think it's over after the second like the majority of spectators (LOL).
Where? On the gable of the slate-tiled house opposite of the old town hall. Come to market square in time and you'll see everyone staring up to the right house.
When? Daily 9.00, 12.00, 15.00, 18.00
The Brusttuch (meaning Tucker which is a sort of neckchief which covers the area round the neck and chest in period gowns usually for daywear) is so called because merchants and traders would sell these garments from stalls infront of this house on marketdays due to the proximity of the house to the market square.
It was built in 1526 and is now a Treff Hotel, part of the Ramada Group. I have not stayed here so haven't listed it in Hotels but in Things to do as it is a beautiful building.
When it was built a woodcarve was employed to carve figures into the timber in the upper section of the building. Apparently one carving shows a Buttermaid scratching her bare bum!
The market church of Cosmas and Damian is distinctive due to it's different spires.
The first mention of a church on this site was in 1151.
I didn't get a chance to go in but it's a fantastic building from the outside.
The first town hall was probably established in the 12th century, but the gothic-style building we know today was established at the end of the 15th century. The most important feature of the town hall is the "Huldigungssaal", the historic council room of the city patricians, richly decorated with biblical paintings.
Goslar has a wealth of historic architecture. It is only possible to name but a few of the best-known examples: The Lohmühle watermill, the half-timbered houses along the "Abzucht", the "Brusttuch" hotel-restaurant, the small Schuhhof square and the central market square, and the Siemenshaus are all worthwhile seeing. The Oldtown is easily walkable and very compact.
The central market square of Goslar is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings, such as the Old Town Hall, the "Kämmereigebäude" and the "Kaiserwörth". In the center the historic well (dating back to the 11th century) is crowned by the symbol of Goslar, a golden eagle. Close to the market square is a smaller, yet also pretty square, the "Schuhhof".
The protestant church "Marktkirche" in Goslar, built in romanic style, dates back to the 12th century and is dedicated to Cosmas & Damian, the patrons of doctors and pharmacists. It is possible to climb the tower to enjoy a great view of the Oldtown!
The most famous historic monument in Goslar is the "Kaiserpfalz", a former residence of the medieval German Emperors from the 11th century. Having no permanent capital city, the German Emperors established temporary imperial residences in several places, Goslar being one of the politically most important as it was a rich mining city with trade connections. In the 19th century, the German Emperor Wilhelm I. initiated modern additions to the architecture, such as monumental paintings celebrating highlights of German history.
A building of specific historic significance is located in the "Schreiberstrasse" in Goslar - the red-orange, half-timbered "Siemenshaus". Since 1689 it was the residence of the Siemens family that later established the Siemens company, one of the most important enterprises in Germany. 1778 the family sold the house, but they reaquired it in honour of family history at a later date.
Neuwerk, formerly the convent church of Benedictine and later Cistercian nuns, is preserved in its 12th century Romanesque shape without later alterations or additions, which makes it unique.
Flyer about the church in English on the parish's website
Unfortunately the church is only open in the summer months, and since I visited in late December I could not get in. The outside architecture and the sculptured decorations are already worth a visit, though.
Next to the church, there is a "Romanesque" garden, which is also closed in the winter months so I was only able to peep across the gate (photo 5), it looks like a reconstructed medieval monastery garden with medicinal and kitchen herbs.
Travellers with children: Behind the church you'll find a park and a playground.
The main parish church of the town is situated next to the market square and the town hall in the axis of the latter. The church was built as a smaller copy of the collegiate church ("Dom") below the imperial palace. Just like there, the political and the religious centre are combined and related.
The church's two unequal steeples are the highest in town and are a prominent spot in the townscape.
The Romanesque church was enlarged in the late middle ages, the gothic choir and the outer side naves added. Inside, note the 13th century stained glass windows, the painted pulpit with biblical scenes, the 16th century baptismal font and the wood-carved altar from 1659.
The church is open in the daytime. The Northern steeple can be climbed (daily 11:00-17:00).
The town hall is a building that has grown to its present shape in the run of centuries. The oldes part is the eastern wing with the gothic arcades along the market square (photo 1), built in the 15th century. It then was enlarged in several steps. The Mayor of Goslar still has his office inside and the city council holds its sessions in the 17th century hall.
The most precious treasure of the building is the 16th century Hall of Homage (Huldigungssaal) with its unique paintings - see separate tip.
The now catholic parish church of St Jakobi (St James) has an interesting history. In the early 16th century, being the church of the guilds, it became the centre of the reformation movement in town. After the secularization of the monasteries Riechenberg and Grauhof in the surroundings of Goslar in 1803, there was no catholic church available in town. The small catholic community was given the church of St Jacobi as their parish church in 1804, so the church changed confession once again. A catholic main altar was brought here from Riechenberg. The other pieces of furniture, made in times when the church was protestant, stayed where they were and are still used. The paintings on the pulpit and the organ gallery depict pure Lutheran theology. The baptismal font, dated 1592, also derives from protestant times.
Location: Rosentorstraße / Jacobikirchhof
Opening hours: daily 10.00-16.00 (Sunday mass at 10.30)