More about Goslar
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.
The Mines of Rammelsberg
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.