Goslar Travel Guide

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Goslar Things to Do

  • Half a Tower

    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...

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  • "Hall Of Homage" In The Town Hall

    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...

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  • Glockenspiel - Carillon

    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)....

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  • Das Brusttuch

    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...

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  • Market Church

    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.

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  • Old Town Hall

    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.

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  • Goslar: Historic architecture

    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...

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  • Market Square / "Golden Eagle"

    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...

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  • Marktkirche St. Cosmas & Damian

    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!

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  • Kaiserpfalz

    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...

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  • Siemenshaus

    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...

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  • Neuwerk Abbey Church

    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 websiteUnfortunately the church is only open in the summer months, and since I visited in late December I...

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Goslar Hotels

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  • Hotel Kaiserworth

    A stay at the Kaiserworth is a marriage of medieval architecture and modern amenities. In almost all...

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  • Henry's Hotel

    Markt 6, Goslar, Lower Saxony, 38640, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Njord

    Parkstrasse 2, Goslar, Lower Saxony, 38644, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Goslar Restaurants

  • Historic house with great terrace

    Die Butterhanne is a full-fledged restaurant and the menu was interesting, but I didn't eat there as I was heading to Celle for lunch. I sat on the lovely, spacious terrace with a good coffee and looked at a few tourist leaflets.It's hard on the neck but fun to try to decipher the old, carved inscriptions on the high beams everywhere in town. Die...

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  • Traditional & Elegant

    This was a beautiful old restaurant serving traditonal German food -- the building outside was very "Goslar" also! The hotel dates to 1521!.The hotel and restaurant are resplendent with wood carvings of mythical and biblical figures.

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  • Eis café

    When in Germany, an Italian ice café is a must and this is the best one I've found in Goslar. Amaretto Becher...gosh I'm predictable :-)))

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Goslar Transportation

  • Finding Your Way In The Old Town

    The best part of a visit to Goslar is exploring the narrow winding side streets. Keep exploring, you don't have to worry about getting lost. Signposts for pedestrians have been put up everywhere. They point the way to the different sights and will help you to find your way.

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  • Goslar Without A Car

    Getting to Goslar is no big deal without a car. Regional trains hit Goslar both on the lines from Hannover/Hildesheim to Halle along the Harz mountains, from Göttingen/Kreiensen and from Braunschweig. The RE line Hildesheim-Halle also runs through Bad Harzburg, Wernigerode, Halberstadt, Quedlinburg so the most interesting places to see along the...

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  • Train or car

    There are good roads but if you have no car, then catch a train to Braunschweig and change there. It doesn't take too long and you pass Germany's oldest railway station on the way, then the mountains appear in the distance and sort of pull you in like a Death Star but nice :-)))

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  • Bridal Goblets

    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...

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  • Witches

    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...

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  • Witches in the Harz Mountain

    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...

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Goslar Local Customs

  • Santa went skiing!

    The Christmas decorations in Goslar are delightful and original -- such as this Santa who had a slight skiing accident! Be sure to click on the photo to see the detail :)

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  • Witchcraft

    Harz is very associated with witches said to gather here so you will find witchbrews, witch decorations and toys galore everywhere and I bet the locals can tell you a lot more about legends related to this.

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Goslar Tourist Traps

  • Rats-Apotheke

    Itá a must see in Goslar, this Apotheke is in very old rooms, and one of the oldest in town. If you need some drugs or pills, this is the place to buyUnser Service Rats-Apotheke Unsere Anschrift: Markt 2, 38640 Goslar Tel.: 05321/2 30 64, Fax: 05321/31 84 98 Öffnungszeiten: Mo: 08:30 - 13:00 und 14:30 - 18:00 Di: 08:30 - 13:00 und 14:30 - 18:00...

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  • Bad Harzburg

    The spa town ten minutes' drive from Goslar and the centre for buses up the Harz (to for instance Torfhaus). It is picturesque alright and you can certainly kill a few hours here waiting for your bus or train but despite its more elegant rather than cosy feel, it is even more packed than Goslar due to its small size and the hotels are also very...

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Goslar What to Pack

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    by Sjalen Written Apr 24, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A warm sweater if you intend to go to Torfhaus and Brocken as it is often a lot cooler up there than in Goslar itself. Good hiking boots for the trails around there if that's your cup of tea.

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Goslar Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

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  • Neo-Romanesque Architecture

    Goslar's most glorious past dates back to the 11th and 12th century. So when during the 19th century interest in the middle ages grew and historistic architecture adopted medieval styles, it's not astonishing to see that in Goslar the neo-Romanesque style was preferred. The biggest project was the alteration and 'completion' of the imperial palace...

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  • Frankenberger Church in Winter

    The Frankenberger church has always had a close connection with the miners. The Rammelsberg mines are close. Its bells used to toll the miners' work shifts. The church belonged to a convent of nuns. Its imposing location on a steep hill on the edge of the old town is best viewed from the southern side, from the street Am Beek (photo 1). The...

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  • Ye Olde Coin Guild House

    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...

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  • Slate Facades

    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...

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  • Half-Timbered Houses

    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. Stroll through the...

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St Jakobi Church
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Medival History and Architecture
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Rammelsberg
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