If you were to put a pin down on the map of Germany there would likely not be many thoughts if it landed on a small town in Lower Saxony called Goslar. It is just one of the many historical little towns scattered throughout the country, this charming little town is idyllic, full of history and cobblestone streets where it feels as though time has not yet met the 21st Century. Yet, it is a UNESCO world heritage sight, and located only three hours by car from Berlin or an hour by train from Hannover, this is worth the effort to visit this little town.
Founded by Salian Emperor Henry I in the 10th Century for the mining of silver, the success of mining in the area gave it the title of a free imperial city, making it largely autonomous from the state. This status attracted the interest of the Holy Roman Emperor who built the medieval imperial palace in the 11th Century, where it still stands today.
The imperial palace/Historically crooked architecture/Perfectly quaint houses/Lohmühle mill
800-year-old wall/Unique doorway
With a long and winding history that includes the thirty years war, a couple of fires in the eighteenth century that destroyed pieces of the town and even being an important place for the Nazi party, this small piece of Germany has seen a lot in it’s time and you only need to walk through the streets to see this evident. Thankfully it avoided being touched by the war which has only made it more unique with so much of Germany unfortunately being scarred by World War II.
Hotel Kaiserworth/Town shops/Flowing river Gose/Tuesday market/Goslar market church/Traditional store fronts/Winding street leads to town square
The cobblestone streets weave throughout the old town where they lead to buildings marked by the year they were built, this became a bit of a competition to find the oldest, with something from the 1700s being shrugged off because moments earlier older buildings being found dating back to 1523 had been glanced.
If you visit Germany and enjoy history than Goslar is a place that should be on your list, it is a piece of the past in the present and has seen itself through the historical, cultural and economic changes of each century and is still standing.
Detailed doorway/Colorful buildings/Early morning palace
For trains to Goslar here is the Deutsche Bahn site where costs and timings to get there can be found.
Information on what to see and do can be found here on the Goslar website.
The town is situated in the Harz mountain region and the opportunity to ski is within 30 minutes drive from the town in Altenau/Torfhaus.
Taking some friends to the Christmas markets a little over a decade ago resulted in their declaration that it’s the “kind of Germany you expect to see,” this town really is magical during this time of year with German’s knowing how to enjoy the festive season.