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The Rammelsberg is a mountain, 635 m high, on the northern edge of the Harz, south of the town of Goslar in the north German state of Lower Saxony. The mountain is the location of an important mine, the only mine which had been working continuously for over 1,000 years when it finally closed in 1988. Since 1992, the visitors' mine of Rammelsberg has become a UNESCO World heritage site.
According to legend, the mountain was named after a knight called "Ramm". Whilst out hunting the knight, who was a henchman of Emperor Otto the Great, tied his horse to a tree, in order to pursue some deer through almost impassable terrain. His charger impatiently pawed the ground with its hooves whilst waiting for his master to return and so exposed a vein of silver ore.
Gustav Adolf Stave Church
The Protestant Gustav Adolf Stave Church (German Gustav-Adolf-Stabkirche) is a stave church situated in Hahnenklee, in the Harz region, Germany.
The church is a free copy of Borgund stave church in Norway, with adaptions to fulfil its role as the Hahnenklee parish church. The construction began in 1907, and the church opened its doors for use on June 28, 1908.
Mines of Rammelsberg UNESCO World Heritage Site
The ore mines of the Rammelsberg are the only mines in the world which were in uninterrupted operation for over 1000 years. It and the medieval Old Town of Goslar with the Imperial Palace were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. Ten centuries of mining history are documented in the Rammelsberg, which shut down in 1988, leaving a large inventory of mining monuments: the slag heaps (10th century), the Rathstiefste Gallery (one of the oldest and best maintained galleries of German mining, 12th century), the Feuergezähe Vault (oldest underground stone-masonry mine chamber in Europe, 13th century), the Maltermeister Tower (the oldest above ground structure of German mining, 15th century), the Roeder Gallery (18th/19th century) with two original water wheels, and the above ground mining plant from the 1930’s.
With its wealth of nearly 30 million tons of ore the Rammelsberg influenced the history and development of the town of Goslar. The silver- and copper-rich Rammelsberg gave Heinrich II the impetus to establish a royal palatinate here in the 11th century; in 1009 the first imperial diet was held in Goslar. Goslar was a favourite residence of German kings and emperors until 1253. Trade in metals led to membership in the Hanseatic League.
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (except 24th and 31st December), last underground mine tour (Roeder Gallery Tour) 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults 12 €, Concessions 7 €.
Kaiserpfalz Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace, built between 1040 and 1050 during the reign of Heinrich III, is a unique secular architecture monument. For more than 200 years German and European history was made here. In the St. Ulrich Chapel at the south end a stone sarcophagus with the figure of Heinrich III on the cover houses the gold capsule containing the heart of the emperor, who died in 1056. In the late 19th century both the Palace and the Chapel were renovated extensively and the interior of the Palace upper hall was decorated with monumental murals by H. Wislicenus. The ground floor has an extensive exhibition of itinerant imperial rule.
Hours: April - October: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., November - March: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults 4.50 €, Concessions 2.50 €.
Zwinger Tower and Museum
Just like the Broad Gate, one of Goslar’s four main town gates, the massive Zwinger Tower arrests the attention of those driving by. Pedestrians in the green belt park, as well, stop to gaze in awe. Built to protect the Rammelsberg and the east flank of the town up to the Broad Gate, it was one of the mightiest defences in Europe. Up to 1000 people could find safety in its four storeys in case of siege. Measuring 26 metres in diameter, the tower’s lower walls are over 6 metres thick. Today it houses a private Museum of the Late Middle Ages where armour and weapons for knights and musketeers, instruments of torture as well as boors’ weapons from 1524 are on display. From the rooftop there is a good view across Goslar and toward the mountains.
Hours: April - October: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., November - March: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults 2.60 €, Concessions 1.30 €.
In the prebendary house from 1514, extensive exhibits covering the history and art history of the town as well as the geology and mineralogy of the region can be viewed. Outstanding objects: the famed Krodo Altar (early 12th century), the Goslar Evangeliar (13th century), a collection of over 1000 coins bearing the Goslar mint stamp, the miners’ tankard from 1477 and the original Market Fountain eagle from the 14th century. Further exhibits cover the life of everyday people over the last 10 centuries. A fascinating trip back in time!
Hours:November to March: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., April to October: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Adults 4 €, Concessions 2 €.
Town Hall and Hall of Homage
The Goslar Town Hall is, indeed, a building of the centuries: the east wing with the arcades opening onto the Market Square was begun in the middle of the 15th century and over the following 400 years the Town Hall was continually extended and enlarged. Today its overall impression is determined by the 16th century additions: a period of great prosperity for Goslar, which, as a member of Hanseatic League and a Free Imperial City, profited from the flourishing mining industry. The Town Hall still serves its original purpose, housing the Lord Mayor’s Office and the hall where the Town Council still discuss the business of the town under the beautiful star-studded wooden ceiling.
The Hall of Homage was set up as a council chamber between 1505 and 1520. It is a unique jewel of late Gothic interior decoration: its walls, the ceiling and even the window alcoves are completely covered with wood panel paintings. Each painting is an artwork of quality, contributing to the overwhelming complete ensemble. Richly carved wood decorations surround each painting. After many years of restoration the room is now protected by complex environmental protection devices so that this masterpiece can be preserved for future generations. A new exhibit concept, giving the viewer the experience of being in the actual room has recently been realised. In a somewhat smaller but faithfully reproduced model of the room the viewer is transported by a multimedia presentation into the past. Have a seat on benches just like the councilmen of Goslar 500 years ago and enjoy the presentation!
Hours: Mon - Fri 11 a.m. - 3 p.m, Sat, Sun, holidays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. During the rest of the year the Hall of Homage can be visited during the guided city tour
One Thousand Steps through the Old Town(daily 10 a.m.). Tickets at the Goslar Tourist Information.
Admission: Adults 3.50 €, Concessions 2.50 €.
Great Holy Cross
In 1254 the Great Holy Cross was founded as an almshouse for the town’s needy. Here the poor, the ill and orphans, as well as pilgrims and other travellers, could receive food and shelter. Today, unique in Germany, it still serves its original purpose - 750 years after its founding it provides modern accommodations for the elderly in an adjoining wing. The small individual rooms built into the main hall of the 13th century building in the Baroque period are now used as studios and shops for artisans, making the important national monument a lively center of culture. Seven small doorways lead from a medieval hall to little rooms in which local artisans offer goods made of glass, paper, pottery, gold and textiles.
Open daily (except Monday) from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., admission free.
The Oker Dam (German: Okertalsperre) is a dam in the Harz mountains in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is fed by the River Oker.
The dam is in the shape of an arch (see arch-gravity dam). It is 75 m high, 260 m long, can impound up to 47 million m³ of water and provides hydropower, flood protection and water regulation at times of low water. It is also used indirectly for the production of drinking water. Its average annual discharge is 75 million m³. The hydro-electric power station at Romkerhalle is fed by the Oker Reservoir.
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Goslar was founded in 922 AD by the Saxon King Henry I. the Fowler, although it is widely assumed that there had been a settlement since pre-roman times. The town is famed for its magnificent gates and ramparts, the medieval Imperial Palace, Romanesque churches, its half timbered guild houses, the ancient Rammelsberg ore mine, ... and its witches, the last of which has been burned at the stake in 1657 AD. In the medieval times the city had been a major producer of armouries and coins—the raw ores for their manufacture came from the Rammelsberg mine just outside the city's walls.
Thigns to See in Goslar
Goslar is rich in well-preserved landmarks and showcases many cultural events.
The Odeon Theater is the town's major theater venue. It has been recently refurbished. It is host to several productions of visiting theater companies and music groups.
The alternative theater Culture Power Station Harz or Kulturkraftwerk Harz is housed in a disused powerstation. Being run by volunteers, it produces contemporary theatre, comedy and hosts mostly alternative cultural events. Here the annual Goslar Fringe Culture Days are held from the start to mid June.
- Rammelsberg Mining Museum
- Museum in the Mediaeval Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz)
- Monks' House, Mönchehaus Museum for contemporary and modern arts
- Goslarer Museum, history of Goslar
- Museum in the Gothic Town Hall
- Zwinger Tower and Dungeon, Museum for late mediaeval history
[ source: wikipedia ]
More about the History of Goslar
Goslar has a rich history stretching from the Neolithic via the ancient Saxon times, the Holy Roman German empire, Reformation, Enlightenment, German Nationalism, Emancipation, Militarism, German Imperialism, Democratisation, the National Socialist Dictatorship including Racism & Genocide, the Iron Curtain, up to German reunification. In addition Goslar can field an exciting industrial history.
Salian Emperor Henry I founded the town in the 10th century after the discovery of silver deposits in the nearby Rammelsberg. The wealth derived from silver mining brought Goslar the status of an Imperial City, which attracted the interest of the Holy Roman Emperor.
The Medieval Imperial Palace of Goslar (Kaiserpfalz) was built in the 11th century and became a summer residence for the emperors, especially Henry III of Germany who visited his favourite palace about twenty times. Henry is buried in Goslar.
In the winter of 1798, the coldest of the century, the young English poet William Wordsworth stayed in Goslar. To dispel homesickness he started to write a few verses about his childhood, these would eventually evolve into the masterpiece that was published in thirteen volumes after his death as The Prelude.
Goslar's Medieval cathedral was built at the same time as the Medieval Imperial Palace, but only the porch survived; the dome itself was torn down in 1820. Other sights are the town hall (16th century) and the ancient mines of the Rammelsberg, which houses now a mining museum.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Goslar is a historic town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located on the northwestern slopes of the Harz mountain range. The Old Town of Goslar and the nearby Mines of Rammelsberg are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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