One day we decided to go and explore… so, what else to do but to grab the dog and jump on a train. Just after an hour later we got off in beautiful Goslar – the sun was out and it was nice and warm. We started our walk from the train station and headed towards the inner city – we loved the crooked and cobblestoned streets, all the houses just oozed history. About 1000 years ago Goslar rose to fame and fortune due to ore mining in the Rammelsberg Mountain; the mine only closed as recently as 1988.
After a while we got hungry, unfortunately at that time I may have become already a wee bit hangry and I couldn’t decide where to eat and what to eat and on our search for the ‘right’ restaurant, we went halfway back the way we came. At least we knew our way around now :) Unlike when we tried to find the Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz). Although, I looked at Google Maps, I could not figure out which way we were going and ended up running past it. Being quite a big historic place I am not quite sure how we actually did miss it. It was built between 1040 and 1050 under Heinrich III it was home to several emperors and kings. It opens up to vast grounds with several statues just below the Rammelsberg. The building is the biggest and oldest secular building of the 11th century in Germany. Nowadays it is open for tours and exhibitions throughout the year.
At 3pm we gathered in the market place, with a couple of hundred others to witness the ‘Glockenspiel’.
Poor Tiny was not used to walk on cobblestone with her little feet so we ended up carrying her every now and then when it got too much – she was exhausted by the end of the day.
Since 1992, the mine in the Rammelsberg Mountain and the Old Town of Goslar have been entered on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List for all Mankind.
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