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  • Day279

    Day 280: Goslar & Rammelsberg

    November 21, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Super busy day today, though that's what happens when you have to rely on public transport and only have daylight until 4pm! Today we were heading south again, but much further away to the town of Goslar. It's an old village, remarkably well-preserved for Germany, and home to an enormous copper and silver mine that was worked continuously for 1000 years, ending only in 1988.

    Unfortunately since dogs weren't allowed on site, we had to leave Schnitzel at home for the first time in a long while. So we barricaded him in the kitchen and headed off. Subway to the main station, then a 2 hour train ride to Goslar, where we arrived around 11am.

    Had a look around the old town which was very pretty and appealing, lots of those classic German-style timber framed houses, a nice looking town hall and quite a few churches. Most of the buildings dated from around the 15th and 16th centuries, which again is very unusual for Germany - most of their old towns were destroyed during the war. This one was spared from strategic bombing, though I'm not sure why since there was apparently a Luftwaffe base just nearby. Go figure.

    Satisfied with our exploration, we caught the bus to the mine which is a couple of kilometres outside town - we could've walked for more flexibility on timings, but in the cold and rain who wants to walk! The mine site is huge, though most of the buildings on site date from the early 20th century so there wasn't much historical to see. One of the main distinguishing features of this mine was the underground water management, where the mine owners used water wheels in the days before steam pumps or electricity to move water around the mine and keep the miners safe.

    So we booked an underground tour of the water management features, starting at 2pm. Grabbed some lunch first of currywurst and fries in the cafe, then had a brief wander through the museum. It was quite interesting, though designed in IKEA style where you have to follow a path the entire way. We sort of ran out of time about 2/3rds of the way through, but neither of us felt like traipsing back through it later.

    The underground tour was OK, though it was done in German and the guide seemed almost offended that we couldn't speak German. He kept asking general questions of the group but staring at the non-English speakers like we were going to answer! We'd been given a handout that covered some of it, but when the guy talks for 5 minutes explaining something and the handout has two sentences covering the same thing, you can't help but feel you're missing out. Can't win em all I guess.

    Wrapped up our filming and just enough time for a quick coffee before getting the bus back to the train station. We were a little worried since there was only a couple of minutes between the bus arriving and the train leaving, but as it turned out the train was running late anyway. I know the German trains have a reputation for efficiency and timeliness, but it's actually surprising how often they run late. There was some issue with this train as it kept stopping, and gradually filled up with people on the way back to Hannover until it was basically standing room only. I was lucky enough to have the world's fattest German sit next to me (Shandos and I were in an inward-facing 4-seater and sitting opposite each other), so I wasn't super comfortable for the last 30 minutes.

    Back onto the subway in the dark for the short trip back home, via the supermarket for a frozen pizza. Got home around 5:30pm, Schnitzel very happy to see us though he'd busted through the barricade and run around through the house. No signs of pees or poos though, which was good. Spent the evening relaxing and talking on Skype with mum.
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    Trish Forrester

    I decided from the moment I read it that your kitchen barricade would just be schnitty's daily challenge

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  • Day2

    Restaurant Worthmühle

    June 30, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Mon ikke dette er den dejligste restaurant i hele Goslar? Den er ihvertfald oppe blandt top tre efter min mening. Vi tilbragte nogle dejlige timer her på vores sidste aften, inden vi dagen efter skulle rejse videre til Stolberg nede i det sydlige Harzen, og det blev en u-forglemmelig skøn aften.Read more

  • Day1

    Hotel Harzlodge

    August 4, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Vi havde læst en del om Goslar og også om dette hotel, som efter sigende skulle være ret specielt, og DET var det :-)

    Et skønt sted hvor alr er bygget op om kulisser hvilket efterlader en helt speciel stemning. En blanding mellem et hotel, en hytteby og en campingplads, men det er altså ´kun` et hotel. En fed stor terasse hvor man kan sidde og nyede sin mad og vin, mens man betragter aktiviteten på den lille gade.

    Det tager ca. et kvarter at gå ned i selve byen, turen er hyggelig og når man så træder ind i selve Goslar kan man KUN blive begejstret, det er simpelthen en af Europas hyggeligste byer, hvis du spørger mig.
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  • Day2

    Goslar by - I

    August 5, 2015 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Vi havde aldrig været her før, men har siden besøgt byen (og området) igen. Goslar er ganske enkelt blevet én af vores nye favoritter. Tæt på grænsen, rimnelige priser og en stemning som siger spar to til det meste.Read more

  • Day1

    Kaiserpfalz

    October 15 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Das Kaiserhaus ist der größte und zugleich besterhaltene Profanbau des 11. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland und gilt als größter Profanbau seiner Zeit. Er diente insbesondere den Salierkaisern als bevorzugte Aufenthaltsstätte. Das Gebäudeensemble der Kaiserpfalz beeindruckte bereits im 11. Jahrhundert derart, dass der Chronist Lampert von Hersfeld vom „berühmtesten Wohnsitz des Reiches“ sprach.

    Der Pfalzbezirk war Schauplatz bedeutender historischer Ereignisse, zum Beispiel:

    Am 11. November 1050 wurde Heinrich IV. im Pfalzbezirk geboren.
    Im Spätsommer 1056 war Papst Viktor II. mehrere Wochen lang Gast Heinrichs III. in der Kaiserpfalz. Er war auch bei dessen Tod in Bodfeld am Harz zugegen und organisierte anschließend die Regierungsübernahme durch Heinrichs Witwe, Kaiserin Agnes.
    An Pfingsten 1063 kam es beim „Goslarer Rangstreit“ im Dom zu einem Blutbad, dessen Zeuge der junge Heinrich IV. wurde. Es entbrannte zwischen dem Bischof Hezilo von Hildesheim und dem Abt Widerad von Fulda ein Streit über die Sitzordnung, der in einem halbtägigen, blutigen Gemetzel endete.
    Im Sommer 1073 musste Heinrich IV. vor den aufständischen Sachsen aus der Kaiserpfalz auf die nahegelegene Harzburg fliehen.
    An Weihnachten 1075 empfing Heinrich IV. in Goslar ein Schreiben Papst Gregors VII., in dem dieser ihm die Exkommunikation androhte: der Investiturstreit begann.
    1081 ließ sich der Gegenkönig Heinrichs IV., Hermann von Salm, in der Pfalz krönen und salben.
    Von 1152 bis 1188 war die Kaiserpfalz teils Austragungsort, teils selbst Gegenstand des Streits zwischen Kaiser Friedrich I. und Herzog Heinrich dem Löwen.
    Im Juli 1219 hielt Friedrich II. in der Kaiserpfalz einen Reichstag ab und bekam bei dieser Gelegenheit die Reichsinsignien überreicht, die Otto IV. auf der Harzburg verwahrt hatte.
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  • Day6

    Goslar

    September 12, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Goslar ist mit seinen rund 50.000 Einwohnern eine Stadt in der es viel zu sehen gibt.

    Der 979 erstmals erwähnte Bergbauort wurde etwa zur selben Zeit Sitz einer Kaiserpfalz und entwickelte sich bis zum 13. Jahrhundert kontinuierlich zur Stadt weiter. 1290 erlangte Goslar die Reichsunmittelbarkeit und behielt bis zur Mediatisierung 1802 den Status einer selbständigen Reichsstadt im Heiligen Römischen Reich, was sich im Stadtwappen widerspiegelt.

    Die Altstadt von Goslar sowie das am südlichen Stadtrand liegende ehemalige Erzbergwerk Rammelsberg zählen seit 1992 unter der Bezeichnung Bergwerk Rammelsberg, Altstadt von Goslar und Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft zu den Weltkulturerbestätten der UNESCO.

    Den besten (veganen) Kuchen gibt es im Schneeweiss und Rosenrot.
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Goslar, غوسلار, Гослар, گسلار, גוסלאר, ZET, ゴスラー, გოსლარი, Goslaria, Goslär, گوسلار قلعہ, 戈斯拉尔