Goslar Travel Guide
Goslar is a small yet lively historic town in the Harz Mountains, best known for the Mines of Rammelsberg. The mines, which are located just to the south of town and which over the centuries – until they closed in 1988 – brought the town considerable wealth and prosperity, are now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. As for the town of Goslar, it's actually one of the only Harz region towns that remained in West Germany after the war, and is therefore relatively well preserved and largely restored. It lies in sharp contrast to other such idyllic Harz towns as Quedlinburg and Wernigerode that unfortunately fell into East Germany and consequently suffered neglect and decay during the Communist years. The old town of Goslar is now also UNESCO-listed site,
Goslar is located in the Harz Mountains in the German state of Lower Saxony. It sits on the Gose River at the foot of the Lower Saxon Hills, roughly 150 miles (240 km) west of Berlin or 60 miles (96 km) southeast of Hannover.
Goslar is well linked by rail and autobahns to most major German cities and towns, and thus easy to get to, particularly from Hannover which is less than an hour away.
In Goslar the principal draws are its ancient city gates and ramparts, its Romanesque churches, particularly the 12th-century Marktkirche on the atmospheric Marktplatz, the medieval Kaiserpfalz (Imperial Palace) which is a must-see, and its timber-framed guild houses, of which there are more than a 1,000 in town!. The Rammelsberg mines which produced monumental quantities of silver, lead and copper over the years are worth visiting too, as are the town's museums. The town also enjoys notoriety for its festivals, and is a good springboard for excursions into the surrounding nature preserves.
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