Goslar: A Quintessential Half-timbered Town in the Harz

Germany, Goslar Guide (B): Goslar: A Quintessential Half-timbered Town in the Harz

At the foot of the Harz mountains just over the border in Lower Saxony, not far from Quedlinburg and Wernigerode, is yet another town with 1,800 half-timbered houses, the epitome of adorable. One of Germany’s hidden treasures with an imperial past whose wealth came from the surrounding zinc, copper and silver mines. The town has remained practically unchanged, making it a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

I’ve never met a half-timbered town that I didn’t like and each one is even more captivating than the last, equally charming, yet so different in character. No city can capture my imagination quite like a half-timbered town. 

Upon the discovery of silver in the 10th century, the little hamlet of Goslar was transformed into one of Northern Europe’s leading medieval towns beloved by emperors and popes for its deep coffers, acquiring the nickname “the treasure chest of the North”. Less than a hundred years later, the town would become the seat of the Holy Roman Emperors of Germany for the next 300 years. By 1532, the neighboring duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel had snatched the mine. Eventually the town’s funds dried up and lead to the halt of the town’s growth, therefore, preserving it’s captivating medieval Altstadt. During the Second World War, a POW camp was formed here, which also helped to spare the town from any damage.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Goslar: A Quintessential Half-timbered Town in the Harz
Guide Location: Germany » Goslar
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Markt   Rathaus   Huldigungsaal   Kaiserworth Hotel   Marktkirche   Domvorhalle   Kaiserpfalz   Heerwinkle street   Frankenbergerviertel   Siemenshaus   Peterstaße   Butterhanne   Novum Hotel Brusttuch   Hotel Kaiserpfalz  
Author: Lorelei Frey
Read it on author's website: https://www.caliglobetrotter.com/goslar-a-quintessential-half-timbered-town/