This is my Harz Route Guide: a 5-days travel guide through German woods and mountains with lots of sightseeing. Day No. 4 was about visiting Goslar – a World Heritage City in the Harz.
„A World Heritage site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cutural Organization (UNESO). It may signify a remarkable accomplishment of humanity, and serve as evidence of our intellectual history on the planet.“
Germany has 44 World Heritage Sites. So if you visit the Harz make sure you take one day of your time to spend at Goslar – a city so special that you suddenly feel like someone beamed you right back into the Middle Ages. A city so special it got that World Heritage status just for still existing.
Getting to Goslar
Goslar is only 10 km / 6 miles away from Bad Harzburg. You take the bus line 810 at the central station which will take you to Goslar in 37 minutes. On the way there you can enjoy the view to the mountains.
One of the first things that catches your eyes while arriving at the central station of Goslar is the Achtermann – a huge building that’s actually a 500 years old first class hotel. It represents a beautiful mix of tradition and modernity, so if you ever want to stay in Goslar for more than one day… THIS is your accommodation!
The Rome of the North
Welcome to the millenial imperial city of the Harz, where the Middle Ages will come alive again. Goslar is the place where emperors and kings ruled and just strolling through this city’s magnificently beautiful streets will give you some real fascination. It’s not called „The Rome of the North“ for nothing. The city has a population of 50.000. Since 1992 the old city of Goslar is a World Heritage Site.
The Market Place
I arrived at the Market Place /”Marktplatz” of Goslar so early that this stunning location was completely empty. It felt like being on a movie set… the actors and actresses still asleep. The fountain in the middle is crowned by a golden eagle. I took a video of this special location.
When I arrived here again much later that day the Market Place was crowded with people, mostly tourists taking selfies at the fountain. That’s why I was even happier I took a panorama photo early that morning.
Special tip: Angel Wings
When you leave the Market Place on your way to the next location (The Imperial Palace), keep your eyes to the right side, so you’ll spot the Angel Wings – a graffiti that’s inviting you to take photos, which you can post under the #meingoslar.
The Imperial Palace
My next stop was the Imperial Palace / “Kaiserpfalz”, a huge Romanesque building. In the Middle Ages the emperors moved from Palatinate to Palatinate. This was one of their favorite locations in Germany. It was a place of power and its imperial hall is breathtaking and totally worth the visit.
The Zwinger Tower
As I’m a fan of great views my next stop was the Zwinger Tower. It was built in 1517 and its walls are 6,5 meters / 3,9 inches thick. It’s a museum with armors, siege equipment, weapons and much more from the Middle Ages. If you go to the top you reach a platform from where you have a wonderful view of Goslar.
Drink some World Heritage Beer
So before leaving this magical city there was one thing left to do: drink some World Heritage Beer. You get the „Gose“ in mostly all restaurants of the city, but the Brewhouse / „Brauhaus“ is one of the most famous restaurants very close to the Market Place (address is Marktkirchhof 2). It was one of the best beers I ever drank – next to Heineken.
Consider visiting Rammelsberg
As if one World Heritage Site is not enough, just next to Goslar is another one. So if you can afford some time and your feet don’t hurt as much as mine did, take a bus to Rammelsberg. The 600 high mine is behind the Imperial Palace. It was used for the production of non-ferrous metals started. It’s only on 1988 that the mine was shut down after 1000 years of almost none interruptions of mining.
In the year 2010 the Upper Water Management was also added as a World Heritage Site additionally to the old city of Goslar and the Rammelsberg. It’s a unique pond and ditch system for generating energy through hydropower.
Goslar will leave you with many impressions. My favorite were all the buildings and if I had enough time, I would have photographed them all. Each building has its very own story and I was glad that I could take a glimpse of them.
My Budget Plan
Stay tuned for Day No. 5 – I’ll walk over the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, zipline over it and visit Castle Wernigerode…