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Goslar and Rammelsberg Mine

N 51°53.404', E 10°25.163'
2011-10-15,2018-10-14
http://www.rammelsberg.de/
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Goslar is a small town in Lower Saxony, at the foot of the Harz Mountains. The main attraction of Goslar is a mine in Rammelsberg. Goslar's mine and old town belong to the UNESCO world heritage sites.

Development of Rammelsberg mines began in 968, although recent archaeological finds suggest that mining was carried out here in the IV-III centuries BC. Initially, the main producing metal was silver, then copper and later lead. The mine was finally closed in 1988.

After the mines were closed, Rammelsberg has become an industrial museum that presents many tools and different techniques of mining production of different eras. You can take a tour; I signed up for an underground tour and for a trip on a small train. The latter is more for children. There is also a 4-hour tour "for diggers" in the abandoned parts of the mine. As a rule, the language of the tours is German, but it's also possible to order tours in English for specific time.

Rammelsberg mine in Goslar
Rammelsberg mine in Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Rammelsberg mine in Goslar
Rammelsberg mine in Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Rammelsberg mine in Goslar
Rammelsberg mine in Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Changing rooms for workers
Changing rooms for workers ©Yuriy Buriak


All clothes in the changing rooms hang on the ceiling.
All clothes in the changing rooms hang on the ceiling. ©Yuriy Buriak


Everything hangs on the ceiling - clothes, shoes, personal items
Everything hangs on the ceiling - clothes, shoes, personal items ©Yuriy Buriak


Unhook the chain and move your clothes down
Unhook the chain and move your clothes down ©Yuriy Buriak


You need to wear a helmet to visit the mine.
You need to wear a helmet to visit the mine. ©Yuriy Buriak


Abandoned parts of the mine
Abandoned parts of the mine ©Yuriy Buriak


Power plant in the mine - a water wheel
Power plant in the mine - a water wheel ©Yuriy Buriak


Several water wheels are shown to the tourists.
Several water wheels are shown to the tourists. ©Yuriy Buriak


Ore
Ore ©Yuriy Buriak


Place for lunch in the mine
Place for lunch in the mine ©Yuriy Buriak


Abandoned parts of the mine
Abandoned parts of the mine ©Yuriy Buriak


Rammelsberg mine in Goslar
Rammelsberg mine in Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Entrance to the mine
Entrance to the mine ©Yuriy Buriak


Part of the mine is equipped for the tourists.
Part of the mine is equipped for the tourists. ©Yuriy Buriak


Electric train (or not?)
Electric train (or not?) ©Yuriy Buriak


Not first class inside
Not first class inside ©Yuriy Buriak


Mine tunnels
Mine tunnels ©Yuriy Buriak


Trolleys
Trolleys ©Yuriy Buriak

You can walk from the mine to the downtown. I would recommend that you first pass a little backwards. Just in 100 meters there's a beautiful lake and waterfall. Walk around the waterfall at the top and walk along the forest path, so you can see a panorama of all mine buildings. Then go along the road by which you came to the mines. You can go back a little to the bus stop and go by bus.

Waterfall near Rammelsberg
Waterfall near Rammelsberg ©Yuriy Buriak


Lake near Rammelsberg
Lake near Rammelsberg ©Yuriy Buriak

At the beginning of the old town be sure to visit the Peterstraße Street. German streets are typically straight, but this street with beautiful half-timbered houses is winding.

Peterstrasse Street in Goslar
Peterstrasse Street in Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

Peterstrasse Street in Goslar
Peterstrasse Street in Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

The city is old and beautiful, come here even without visiting the mine.

Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

On the market square don't miss the performance during the clock chime.

Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

Barock-Café Anders (4, Hoher Weg) has quite inexpensive (~5-6 euros) and great breakfasts, if you're interested.

Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

The most interesting building in the city is the Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz), the residence of kings in the Middle Ages. It was built in the 11th century during the time of the Holy Roman Empire.

Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak


Lion near the palace
Lion near the palace ©Yuriy Buriak


Monument dedicated to those who returned home from captivity many years after the World War II
Monument dedicated to those who returned home from captivity many years after the World War II ©Yuriy Buriak

Funny turtles in the park of Goslar
Funny turtles in the park of Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

In the Church of Cosmas and Damian there's an observation deck where you can climb the 239 steps. Each of them has a name of a person who donated to the church reconstruction. At the top, just above the heads, hangs a large bell, beating off automatically every 15 minutes. Be careful =)

View of Goslar from the Cosmas and Damian ñhurch
View of Goslar from the Cosmas and Damian ñhurch ©Yuriy Buriak


View of Goslar from the Cosmas and Damian Church
View of Goslar from the Cosmas and Damian Church ©Yuriy Buriak


View of Goslar from the Cosmas and Damian Church
View of Goslar from the Cosmas and Damian Church ©Yuriy Buriak

Kaiserringhaus
Kaiserringhaus ©Yuriy Buriak


Steps in the Cosmas and Damian Church
Steps in the Cosmas and Damian Church ©Yuriy Buriak

During Christmas markets, a beautiful forest of glowing Christmas trees is planted in Goslar.

Goslar
Goslar ©Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: By bus #803 in the direction of Bergbaumuseum from the train station in Goslar.

Tags, Germany: church, city, mine, palace

Tags, all countries: church, city, mine, palace
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