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Escorted Rail Tours to Goslar

A favoured destination of German emperors

Goslar was established primarily as a mining town, being just in the shadow of the Rammelsberg Mountain. Silver was discovered there in the 10th century, and the town immediately prospered from this - becoming known as "the treasure chest of the Holy Roman Empire". The town soon became a favourite summer residence of the German Emperors. In the later Middle Ages both lead and zinc were discovered in the vicinity. With this further boost to the local economy, Goslar was soon ranked as one of the most prosperous communities in Europe.

Two large fires swept through Goslar in 1800, destroying a large number of buildings there. But in spite of this, and the bombing of the Harz area in the Second World War, much of the town's historic architecture remains intact. In fact, Goslar is home to almost 1500 buildings dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries - 168 of which are from before 1550. Today the entire town now enjoys the status of a protected monument.

Rammelsberg is a 2086 ft (636m) mountain at the edge of Goslar. The mines there served the town from the 10th century right up until the 1980s, when the mine was finally exhausted. The site was quickly awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, and there is now a museum detailing the history of the mine, and some of the industrial equipment used in it.

The Kaiserpfalz was built by the German Emperor Henry II at the beginning of the 11th century, after silver had been discovered in the mine nearby. The grand structure was designed as a summer residence, and was used as such for many years, though it was almost destroyed by the fires of 1800. However, it was restored by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1868, and it is now the largest Romanesque palace to have survived anywhere in Europe. Now the palace is open daily, and the stunning interior is a joy to discover.

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Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the halftimbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.

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10 days from £1,495 pp

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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets

The Harz Mountains' timeless towns and landscapes are perfect for a taste of Advent tradition in Germany. Our tour visits three Christmas markets, two UNESCO-listed Old Towns and enjoys an exhilarating steam train ride.

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6 days from £925 pp

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The Harz Mountains in Winter

Join us as we ride on vintage steam trains through wild landscapes and romantic gorges to discover charming towns with timber-framed houses and cobbled lanes. Wernigerode, a beautiful town amidst the mountains, provides an excellent base for this wonderful rail holiday.

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7 days from £1,395 pp

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