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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 & the Rhine Gorge
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4.4 stars(45 reviews)
2022JulAugSepOct
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
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2022NovDec
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The Harz Mountains
4.5 stars(23 reviews)
2023JanFeb
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Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge
4/Jul
G Yeomans
5 stars
“Well-organised holiday with lots of scenery and beautiful vistas. Excellent hotels Good, helpful, tour guide E tickets my only grumble, not everyone lives on a smartphone at 82
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The Harz Mountains in Winter
29/Mar
Richard from Berkshire
4 stars
“If you like Steam Trains and Snow this is an amazing trip. Many Steam Train trips. But Clip on studs that go over your shoes ie 'Crampons' should have been recommended for the top of 'The Brocken' as it can be treacherously icy. We saw many falls. The surrounding towns has some wonderful buildings and appears almost desolate. Very little is in English so you may need to rely on a guide, especially in restaurants. The escort was wonderfully organised and most necessary, especially with organisation and signage as despite what we think the train services in Europe are not too different to ours regarding efficiency and sometimes very much worse. Also having a central point/hotel in Wernigerode from which to explore the area meant we only had to unpack once to enjoy all the different trips. Being old we were surprised to find we could manage much of what was available to see and the guide took care to ensure we were catered for. You can very much imagine it was still part of Eastern Germany when it was controlled by Russia. Strongly recommended. Without a professional guide we would have missed a lot.
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
29 Dec 2021
Cliff Bolding
4 stars
“Very well organised, only spoilt by German trains not adhering to the timetables and the closure of Markets, both out of GRJ control.
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