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Goslar
Coat of arms of Goslar
Goslar is located in Germany
Goslar
Coordinates 51°54′26″N 10°25′48″E / 51.90722°N 10.43°E / 51.90722; 10.43
Administration
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Goslar
Town subdivisions 12 districts
Lord Mayor Henning Binnewies (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 92.58 km2 (35.75 sq mi)
Elevation 255 m  (837 ft)
Population  42,484  (31 December 2007)[1]
 - Density 459 /km2 (1,189 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate GS
Postal codes 38640, 38642, 38644
Area codes 05321, 05325
Website www.goslar.de
Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

View to the North with the Hildesheim downs in the background. Photograph taken from the Maltermeister Tower
State Party  Germany
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iv
Reference 623
Region** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1992  (16th Session)
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

Goslar is a historic town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the administrative centre of the district of Goslar and located on the northwestern slopes of the Harz mountain range. The Old Town of Goslar and the Mines of Rammelsberg are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Geography

Goslar is situated at the northwestern foot of the Lower Saxon Hills: the Harz mountains. The Kahlerberg/Schalke is the highest elevation within the municipal boundaries at 762 m (2,503 ft). The lowest point of 175 m (574 ft) is near the Oker river. Geographically, Goslar forms the boundary between the Hildesheim Börde which is part of the Northern German Plain, and the Harz range, which is the highest, northern-most extension of Germany's Central Uplands. The Hildesheim Börde is characterised by plains with rich clay soils – used agriculturally for sugar beet farming – interlaced with several hill ranges commonly known as the Hildesheim Forest and Salzgitter Hills. Immediately to the south, the Harz mountains rise above the historic borough at a height of 636 m (2,087 ft) (Rammelsberg). Forestry dominates the landscape. Three rivers cross the municipal boundary: the Oker, the Abzucht and the Gose. The Gose river begins approximately 9 km (5.6 mi) south-west of Goslar at the Auerhahn pass (638 m; 2,093 ft) in the Harz mountains. At the northern foot of the Herz Hill (632 m; 2,074 ft) the smaller Abzucht river meets the Gose before it flows into the Oker.

Neighbouring municipalities

(clockwise from the North): Liebenburg, Vienenburg, Bad Harzburg, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Langelsheim.

City districts

  • Old Town (upper and lower borough and centre city)     
  • Rammelsberg with Siemensviertel and Rosenberg
  • Georgenberg with Kattenberg
  • Steinberg
  • Sudmerberg
  • Jürgenohl with Kramerswinkel
  • Baßgeige
  • Ohlhof

Incorporated in 1972:

  • Hahndorf
  • Hahnenklee with Bockswiese
  • Jerstedt
  • Oker

Climate

Climate Table
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average daily maximum temperature (°C) 10 10 11 12 14 17 18 19 17 15 11 11 13.75
Average daily minimum temperature (°C) 0 0 2 3 5 8 10 10 9 6 4 1 4.8
Mean total rainfall (mm) 110 80 90 60 60 70 70 90 100 120 120 100 1070

History

Goslar.jpg

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 Mediæval 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, which would eventually evolve into the masterpiece that was published in thirteen volumes after his death as The Prelude[2].

Goslar's Mediæval cathedral was built at the same time as the Mediæval 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.

Demographics

Population statistics
Year Inhabitants
1821 7,547
1848 9,748
1871 11,900
1885 15,997
1905 23,640
1925 27,881
Year Inhabitants
1933 29,538
1939 34,371
1946 47,855
1950 53,804
1956 53,236
Year Inhabitants
1961 54,151
1968 53,819
1970 52,649
1975 53,963
1980 52,556
Year Inhabitants
1985 49,636
1990 46,251
1995 46,142
2000 44,278
2005 43,119

(count: December 31 of each year)

Politics

Goslar's Medieval Imperial Eagle

Town council

For the legislature from November 1, 2006 until October 31, 2011, the seats were allocated as follows:

  • SPD: 16 seats (38,38 %)
  • CDU: 13 seats (32,98 %)
  • FDP: 5 seats (11,69 %)
  • Citizens' Alliance: 2 seats (5,81 %)
  • Goslarer Linke: 2 seats (5,75 %)
  • Grüne: 2 seats (5,35 %)

Burgomaster

Goslar's current Lord Mayor is Henning Binnewies (Social Democrats).

Members to Parliament

  • European (Constituency: Southern Lower Saxony), Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl (CDU), Erika Mann (SPD)
  • Bundestag (Constituency 52: Goslar, Northeim, Osterode), First: Wilhelm Priesmeier (SPD), List: Hans Georg Faust (CDU)
  • Landtag Lower Saxony (Constituency 16: Goslar), First: Petra Emmerich-Kopatsch (SPD), List: Dorothee Prüssner (CDU)

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Goslar is twinned with:

Culture and sights

Mediaeval Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz)
Zwinger tower with pond

For a detailed description of Goslar's tourist attractions, please refer to Goslar's Wikitravel entry.

Theatre

The Odeon Theatre is the town's major theatre venue. It has been recently refurbished. It is host to several productions of visiting theatre companies and music groups.

The alternative theatre 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.

Museums

  • Museum and visitor's mine Rammelsberg, an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage
  • Museum in the Mediaeval Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz)
  • Monks' House, Mönchehaus Museum for Contemporary and Modern Arts
  • Goslar Museum
  • Museum in the Gothic Town Hall
  • Zwinger Tower and Dungeon, Museum for Late Mediaeval History

Religion

The Frankenberg Church
  • Protestant-Lutheran
    • Congregation Marktkirche, Market Church (build 1151, North Tower mountable)
    • Congregation Neuwerk, Newark Church
    • Congregation St. Stephani, Saint Stephanus
    • Congregation Zum Frankenberge, Frankenberg Church
    • Congregation Gustav-Adolf-Stabkirche, Gustav Adolf stave church in Hahnenklee
    • Congregation Martin-Luther-Kirche, Martin-Luther Church
    • Congregation St.Paulus Kirche, St. Pauls Church in Oker
    • Congregation St. Georg, St. George
    • Congregation St. Johannes, St. John
    • Parish Church St. Kilians in Hahndorf
    • Congregation St. Lukas, St. Luc
    • Parish Church St. Matthäus, St. Matthew in Jerstedt
    • Congregation St. Peter
  • Protestant-Baptist
    • Congregation Christuskirche, Christchurch
  • Roman Catholic
    • Congregation St. Jakobi, Saint Jacob the Elder Church (built in 1073, Goslar's oldest romanesque church which is still in use)
    • Congregation Maria Schnee, St. Mary in the Snow in Hahnenklee
    • Congregation St. Barbara (part of St. Jacob)
    • Congregation St. Konrad, St. Conrad (part of St. Jacob) in Oker
    • Congregations St. Benno & St. George
    • Abbey St. George
  • Islamic Faith
    • Mosque of the Turkish-German Society
    • Goslar Mosque

Sports

Situated at the foot of the Harz hills, Goslar offers a great deal of outdoor pursuit, from swimming to rock climbing; from motor sports and aviation to sailing and cross-country biking.

The oldest and most traditional sports club is the MTV Goslar (founded in 1849). Its main facilities, a football pitch and gymnasium are located at the Golden Meadow (Goldene Aue) site.

The football department of Goslarer SC 08 earned the right to play in the fourt division Regionalliga Nord in 2009-10 after winning the Oberliga Niedersachsen championship.[3]

Celebrations and Events

In the year 2006 Goslar hosts the Salier Year to celebrate the foundation of this ancient German Imperial dynasty a Millennium ago.

Other events include:

  • Annual award (since 1975) of the "Imperial Ring" to a personality who has made an outstanding contribution to society and the arts. Its laureates include Henry Moore, Joseph Beuys, Christo, Dani Karavan etc.
  • Goslar International Concerto Days, Mid to End August
  • The Goslar Fair, Beginning to Mid July
  • Annual Artisans market in the old town, Usually beginning of August
  • Old Town Festival, Mid September
  • Hanseatic Days, Spring (usually during the Easter holidays)
Panoramic view from the market church of Goslar

Economy and infrastructure

Half-timbered houses at the river Gose
Hotel Kaiserworth

The town centre of Goslar serves as a regional shopping centre to the Northern Harz region. Here department stores, several supermarkets, elegant boutiques and restaurants can be found. Once weekly, there is also a market, where farmers sell their local produce. There are also several car dealerships in the borough, some of whom specialise in either discount/reimport or custom car sales.

The tourism sector is a booming sector in Goslar. Several hotels and bed and breakfasts are located in or near the town's centre. In addition, the town has become a popular resort for the elderly and there are many care homes in the town.

Goslar has become a popular conference venue. The Achtermann Hotel and the Kaiserpfalz are popular conference centres, host to the annual German Road & Transport Tribunal Days: the Deutscher Verkehrsgerichtstag

Largest employers in Goslar are H.C. Starck (chemistry company), the tourism sector, and the civil service. Many residents of Goslar commute to Salzgitter, where car production, steel works and white collar jobs are based.

The Dr.-Herbert-Nieper-Krankenhaus is a privately owned hospital of the Asklepios Harzkliniken group serving the greater Harz region. A new annex for intensitive medicine is under construction. There are several general practitioners, dentists, and specialist practitioners distributed across the town. There is an emergency service in place.

Transportation

Goslar has excellent road links, as well as rail links connecting it to the major European population centres. Goslar also serves as a major transport hub for the Upper Harz mountains (highest peak at 1,141 m (3,744 ft) altitude).

With the A 7 and the A 395 there are two main Autobahns/Highways within 20 minutes reach of Goslar. The A 7 connects Hamburg/Hanover in the North to Frankfurt/Munich in the South. The A 395 branches off the main east-west Autobahn A 2 at Brunswick and ends at Vienenburg, some 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Goslar. The A 2 connects Berlin – to the East – to the Ruhr Area and the Netherlands in the West. The Federal highways B 6 and B 82 converge at Goslar and are routed via the four-lane by-pass past the town centre. The B 6 is mostly four-laned and approaches Goslar via the scenic HildesheimSalzgitter route.

Goslar is served by the German Railway network (Deutsche Bahn) lines Hanover–Goslar–Halle (Saxony-Anhalt) as well as Brunswick–Goslar–Kreiensen. The central railway station is located in the vicinity of the town centre. There is a park-and-ride system for commuters to Brunswick and Hanover.

At the railway station there is a central bus station with busses travelling routinely to various destinations in the Harz mountains.

Media

The regional newspaper is the Goslar Chronicle Goslarsche Zeitung which has an estimated daily readership of 90,000. The General-Anzeiger is a gazette owned by the Heinrich Bauer publishing group with an editorial office in Goslar. Aside from this there are two freely distributed gazettes.

Radio Okerwelle GoslarRadio is the regional private radio station based in Brunswick, which broadcasts contemporary music, information and news in the German language to the Brunswick region.

Education

The three tier education system in Goslar district falls under Lower-Saxon legislation. The language of tuition at all schools is the German language. The nine primary schools are distributed across the entire municipality and the associated hamlets. There are two advanced secondary schools (5-12/13), the Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium, and the more traditional Ratsgymnasium, both of which prepare their students for an academic career. Three intermediate level schools (5-10), the Andre-Mouton Realschule, the Realschule Hoher Weg, and the Realschule Goldene Aue prepare their pupils for a professional career. Furthermore, two vocational schools (5-9/10) exist: the Hauptschule Oker, and the Hauptschule Kaiserpfalz. The Sonderschule caters to children with learning difficulties and special needs.

The supplementary public Waldorf school Harz – Branch Goslar, educates its students along a more spiritual line termed anthroposophy, which is based on the teachings of the Austrian pedagogue Rudolf Steiner.

At the 10-12 level there are four job training colleges located at Goslar in crafts, economics, and care for the elderly for students from Goslar district and beyond.

The nearest University from Goslar is the old venerable Engineering and Mining School at Clausthal-Zellerfeld situated in the Upper Harz mountains some 21 km (13  mi) South of Goslar within Goslar district. Some 80 km (50 mi) to the South the highly acclaimed University of Göttingen (founded by King George II of Great Britain) is based.

The Community College (Volkshochschule) of the district Goslar is dedicated to life-long learning.

The Izmir University of Economics, an Izmir-based Turkish university, is on the way to establish an international university in Goslar.

Persons

  • Siemens Family. The ancestral home of the Siemens family, who can count toward their more famous offspring, the Prussian-British-Russian industrial pioneers Werner von Siemens, Sir William Siemens and Carl von Siemens, is in Goslar
  • Henning von Tresckow (1901-1944), German military officer and leading anti-Hitler conspirator, was a student at the Goslar Realgymnasium (now Ratsgymnasium Goslar) from 1913 until 1917, when he left to join the army. He boarded in a private home near the school since his own home was far away.
  • Ernst Jünger (1895-1998), German soldier (recipient of the Pour le Mérite decoration in World War One) and author, lived in Goslar from December 1933 to 1936. This time represented the beginning of his innere Emigration, a distancing himself from direct political commentary, as he left Berlin following the Gestapo search of his house in April 1933

People from Goslar

Miscellaneous

A medieval town, which has not changed in essence since its foundation, Goslar has much charm. Although the region has a high unemployment rate, local bonding and local strength, such as high-tech engineering, high-precision manufacturing, and logistics might benefit the town. Also the town needs to be reinvigorated like in the 1970s when innovative architects and designers fostered the town's economy. As the mining and metal works have ceased to exist, new environmentally centred industries might take their place.

In the cold war, Goslar was a major garrison town for the German army and the Border police. After the fall of the Berlin wall, the barracks were vacated and a major economic factor was lost.

A 'Goslar' is a lead-lined container manufactured here.

External links

References


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Goslar is a medieval town in Lower Saxony and serves as a regional hub to the wider Harz area. It lies at the foot of the Harz Mountains (highest elevation 3,744 feet). Goslar is situated some 150 Miles West of Berlin. The nearest cites are Brunswick, Hanover, and Magdeburg. Actually Goslar is much older than the German capital Berlin and thus worth a visit. If you are a more spiritually minded traveller interested in history, outdoor pursuits - most notably rambling - tranquility and nature, then Goslar is just the right spot for you.

Understand

Town Information

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.

A Brief History of Goslar

What, Ram + Goat = Goslar? Not quite.... ! According to the legend, Ramm, a knight to Henry's son Otto the Great, tied his horse to a tree, half way up the Rammelsberg, to continue hunting in the undergrowth. In anticipation of the return of its owner, the horse scraped with its hoof in the ground laying open a ledge of silver so rich that it took over a millennium to mine. Hence the mountain and mine were called the Rammelsberg, after Otto's knight Ramm. As the wife of knight Ramm was called Gosa, they named the town Goslar in her honor.

Emporers, Dukes, and the Townfolks Essentially Goslar was a Free Imperial City, which came under direct control of the Emporer and there were no regional feudal overlords, who were in charge of the city until the end of the Thirty's Year War. Thus the city's citizens were largely left to their own devices, since the emperors had mostly better things to do than to sit in their Imperial Palace at Goslar. There were plenty more Imperial Palaces throughout their Empire, where the emperors held court. The only problem for the city's craftsmen was that their Free Imperial City ended right behind the city's walls. To their nuisance, the mine they depended upon, for the delivery of the ores, was immediately outside these very city walls. So they had to lease the rights to the mine from even such regional feudal overlords, the Dukes of Brunswick, who would have fancied it, if the city was theirs. This inevitably let to regular skirmishes between the Dukes and their men on the one side, and the burghers on the other side, which were not resolved until the end of the Thirty's Year War in 1642 AD with the Goslar Accord.

Goethe's Goslar Gothic Ghosts. With the onset of the Reformation in 1517 AD Goslar has escaped the interest of the emporer, and its riches declined so that Goethe, Germany's national polymath, writes in 1777 during his visit to Goslar: "Imperial City, which rots 'inside' and 'with' its privileges!"

UNESCO World Heritage Status

This might be a reason why the Rammelsberg Mine and Town have been so uniquely preserved that they hold UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Goslar is the Harz regions's festival town, culminating in the annual award of the "Imperial Ring" [1].

Tourist Office

Harz Tourism Agency, Markt St. 45, 38640 Goslar, Germany, T: 0049-5321-34040, F: 0049-5321-340466, E: info(at)harzinfo.de, [2].

Get in

By plane

If you own a plane, a helicopter or even a flying saucer then you might wish to land at the club airport Salzgitter-Drütte [3] in the immediate vicinity (24 miles) of Goslar or the Brunswick-Wolfsburg Airport. Maybe try the disused military airfield at Goslar itself, but don't get yourselves into troubles over this. However, as a lesser mortal you need to take a plane into either Hanover International Airport (HAN) [4] (60 miles) or Frankfurt Intercontinental airport (FRA) [5] (195 miles) and make your way to Goslar by car or by train.

By train

Goslar can best be accessed by regional trains from Hanover or Brunswick. In Hanover and Göttingen there is access to germany's ICE network. Getting to other cities might require changes along the way, often in Hildesheim, Salzgitter or Kreiensen.

By road

From Paris/London/Brussels/Cologne you take the autobahn A44/E331 to Kassel and take the A7/E45 in the direction Hamburg at the Kassel intersection. For further directions see below.

From Madrid/Rome/Vienna/Zurich/Munich/Frankfurt take the A7/E45 and leave it at either the interesection Seesen. Take the landstrasse L248 and then the bundesstrasse B82 to Goslar. If you wish to take the route via the Harz mountains, exit the A7/E45 at Northeim and take the landstrasse L241 via Osterode, Clausthal-Zellerfeld to Goslar.

Coming from Moscow/Warsaw/Prague/Berlin, take the A2/E39 to the intersection Brunswick and head via the A395 in the direction of Harzburg-Spa. At Vienenburg you leave the A395 and take the landstrasse L241 to Goslar.

Arriving from Amsterdam/Düsseldorf/Ruhr Basin take the A2/E39 to Hanover and at the Intersection Hanover leave the A2/E39 and take the A7/E45. For further directions, see below.

Coming from Copenhagen/Stockholm/Oslo/Hamburg/Bremen/Hanover you take the A7/E45 in the direction Frankfurt. You exit the autobahn at Holle-Salzgitter and take the bundesstrasse B6 (mostly two-lane) to Goslar.

N.B. Goslar is a popular destination for bikers who enjoy riding their bikes through the Harz highlands.

By bus

Bus services to and from Goslar are relatively frequent and efficient. The regional bus operator Brunswick Regional Transport RBB [6] runs a website [7], which assists you with finding the relevant connection. In Goslar, their hub is in front of the central railway station. Here you also find a small travel centre, where staff can provide you with further advise. Essentially, the most frequent routes are between Goslar, Seesen, Harzburg-Spa, Salzgitter and Clausthal-Zellerfeld, with less frequent services to other destinations in the Upper Harz Highlands (lines 440, 450, 462, 831, 838, 841, 842, 850, 861, 879). The RegioBus lines are the express ones--the others are slow. The handy thing is that the RBB forms a partnership [8] with other regional public transport operators [9], so that you only have to buy a single transferable ticket. Thus, there is no need to purchase a new one every time you change your train or bus.

  • Regionalbus Braunschweig GmbH [10] - Office Goslar, Hildesheimer St. 53, 38640 Goslar. T:0049-5321-34310, F:0049-5321-343160, E:rbb.goslar(at)rbb-bus.de.

Get around

The town's centre is relatively small and can easily be navigated by foot. If you, however choose otherwise, then:

  • The Goslar Tank Engine [11] is comfy way to get around the town. It offers guided sight-seeing tours (in German only) through the town.
  • Bicycle - the environmentally most friendly way to get around Goslar is by bike. Either you bring your own, or you hire one at: (1) Zweirad-Linkhorst, Bäcker St. 17,38640 Goslar. (2) Fahrradverleih in der Touristinformation Hahnenklee, Kurhaus Way 7, 38644 Goslar-Hahnenklee. (3) Sporttreffpunkt Hahnenklee, Rathaus St. 6-7, 38644 Goslar-Hahnenklee.
  • Bus [12] - The Goslar town council operates bus services within the municipal boundaries (Lines 801,802, 803,804,805,806) which run between the town centre and the borough of Oker, as well as Jürgenohl and Hahnenklee.

See

Architecture

Heritage

  • The Kaiserpfalz (Emperor's Palace)

Churches

  • Norwegian-style wooden church in Hahnenklee-Bockswiese erected in 1907/1908

Modern

  • Rammelsberg Mining Museum
  • Monchehaus Museum of Modern Art
  • Goslarer Museum - town history
  • Skiing [13] - Hahnenklee-Bockswiese [14] (a part of Goslar) is located on a high meadow and has two ski lifts and a cable car. There are also other resorts, i.e. Torfhaus [15] and Wurmberg [16] in the Harz Highlands, which offer skiing facilites up to grade 4/5 in a scale of 10.
  • Waterskiing [17] - the artificial water ski lake at Salzgitter might be the right thing for you.
  • Hang-gliding
  • Rambling
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Power walking
  • Sailing
  • Wind-Surfing
  • Wild-water-rafting [18] - on the river Oker, there are the right conditions for scary wild water float trips, after prior registration.
  • Canoeing/Kayaking [19] - alternatively, you can take your canoe and rapidly "paddle" down the river Oker.
  • Golfing
  • Cruising [20] - the ship AquaMarin of the shipping company Römermann takes you for a cruise across the Oker reservoir (south of Goslar-Oker up the river Oker, some 1,372 feet in the Harz highlands).
  • Diving - Contact: Tauchertreff-Harz, Halberstädter St. 26, Goslar, T:0049-5321-6018, F:0049-5321-64047, Cellular Phone: 0049-171-6471157.
  • Cross country motorbiking
  • Rallye Car Racing
  • Swimming
  • Cable car riding [21] - The Bocksberg cable car in Goslar Hahnenklee takes you usually up the Bocksberg (2,383 feet), but it only operates seasonally. So alternatively try the cable car in the neighbouring Harzburg-Spa [22] or Braunlage [23], if you are a keen cable car rider.
  • Collecting Mineral Specimen
  • Collecting Mushrooms
  • Visiting mines
  • Angling/Fishing
  • Having a good night out

Learn

German as a Foreign Language

The Further Education Community College in Goslar VHS [24] offers German courses for non-German speaking applicants to German Universities and Polytechniques leading to a FSZ/UNICert certificate (The German language proficiency test). However, you might be best advised to sit your course at either the University of Hildesheim [25], Brunswick [26] or Hanover [27], since the courses at the VHS Goslar have the reputation of being a bit too tedious and staff seem to be a bit lackluster. VHS, Klubgarten St. 6, 38610 Goslar, T: 0049-5321-76431 or 76433, F:0049-5321-76425, E:kvhs(at)landkreis-goslar.de

Work

Most low pay job offers are available in the catering and care sector. There are several seasonal jobs on offer with several job agencies. The unemployment rate is with 13,6 % (April 2006, source: Bundesagentur für Arbeit) relatively high, so it might not be a very good idea to look for a job in Goslar, for there are hardly any.

  • Job Centre Goslar, Robert-Koch St. 11, 38642 Goslar. T: 0049-5321-557-0, F: 0049-5321-557-450. E:goslar.ais(at)arbeitsagentur.de, [28]. (Agentur für Arbeit Goslar).
  • Adecco Harz Private Time Share & Job Agency, Oker St. 23, 38640 Goslar. T: 0049-5321-3198-0, F: 0049-5321-3198-25, E: info(at)adecco.de, [29]
  • German Trade Union Congress, Vititorwall 14, 38640 Goslar. T: 0049-5321-2444, [30]. Membership required! If you have grief at work.

Buy...

... the little kitsch "Hexen" witch dolls...not! Goslar serves as a mid-range regional shopping centre to the Harz region. There are boutiques and department stores, where you can find anything to your liking. Locals, however, would favour Goslar in particular for the:

  • Kunsthandwerk im Grossen Heiligen Kreuz, Hoher Weg 7, 38640, [31]. At the Hostice of the Great Holy Cross [32] you have artisans and goldsmiths where you can find yourselves the right gifts & sourvenirs to take home.
  • Odermark Factory Outlet, Odermarkplatz 1, T: 0049-5321-7080, F:0049-5321-708218, [33]. There is a factory outlet at the Odermark textile plant, where you might wish to purchase some formal men's wear off the shelf at half price.
  • Wilde Car Dealers, Auf der Dingstelle 14, 38644 Goslar-Jerstedt, T:0049-5321-68620, F:0049-5321-686284, [34]. If you happen to look for bargain cars then try Wilde in Jerstedt. Here you can find some reimported bargain cars.
  • Altdeutsche Stuben/Teutonic Lodge Goslar's most traditional restaurant in the Old Watchtower of Achtermann Hotel. Local and international cuisine. Rosentor St. 20, 38640 Goslar.Tel:0049-5321-70000-V. Opening Hours: noon - 3 PM and 6 PM - late.
  • Restaurant Aubergine, Markt St. 4, T:0049-5321-42136, [35]. Novel, Vegetarian, Mediterranean and Persian cuisine. Highly acclaimed (Michelin Guide) restaurant with a nice ambience for the gourmet. -V.
  • Trattoria Da Enzo, Bäckerster. 18, T:0049-5321-23223, [36]. The finest Italian meals in town. Top tip for authentic Sicilian cuisine.
  • Restaurant Gosequell, An der Gose 23, T:0049-5321-34050, [37] in the chefs' guildhall. Enjoy the locally brewed beer. Organic dishes. Best trout in town. -V
  • Restaurant Sahara,Markt St. 16, T:0049-5321-381955. Maghrebinian, Arab and Maroccan Dishes. Excellent barbecues. Try the delicious couscous.
  • Restaurant Worthmühle, Worth St. 4, 38640 Goslar. T:0049-5321-43402, [38]. Known for its excellent game dishes directly from the Harz Mountains. Located in a cosy old mill at the river Gose in the town centre.
  • Zum Lindenhof/Lindentree Court, Schützenallee 1, T:0049-5321-1777. Local and regional cuisine. Ideal venue for groups and parties. With 12 lane bowling alley and meeting rooms attached.
  • Asia Bistro, Fischemäker St. 14, T: 0049-5321-3949300. Chinese Food, the full repertoire of chinese cuisine at budget prices.
  • Aigner , Erkelenzdamm 110, T: 0049-5321-6759, German dishes, Opening times Mo-Sa from 11.00 - 23.00,
  • Bistro Tomate, Stapelner St. 8, T: 0049-5321-683886. Salads, Currywurst (curried sausage), beer.
  • Döner-King, Höhlenweg 2, in Goslar Oker, T: 0049-5321-65003. 3 Miles to the east of the town's centre. The typical Turkish nextdoor kebab shop.
  • La Piazza, Schlesische St. 50, T: 0049-5321-1452, italian dishes, weekdays lunch time is half price Opening times Mo-So from 12.00 - 23.00,
  • Lil-Café. Chips, cappucino, salads. Markt St. 15, T: 0049-5321-42178.
  • Petit , Reinhardtstrasse 57, T: 0049-5321-9016, french cuisine, weekdays lunch time is half price Open Mo-Sa from 11.00 - 23.00,
  • Pubblico , Frankfurter St. 105, T: 0049-5321-26180, italian dishes, Opening times Mo-So from 12.00 - 24.00,
  • Shiva, Kant St. 96, T: 0049-5321-765, Indian restaurant, family friendly, children's meal for 4.95 Euro, Opening times Mo-So from 12.00 - 23.00,
  • Kasimir's Döner Ecke, Danziger St. 8. in Goslar Jürgenohl, 1 Mile North of the town's centre. Nice and clean Turkish kebab shop.

Drink

There is plenty of night-life in the town, equally devided between the traditional German Kneipe Pubs and theme bars. Some clubs take fun-photos of their visitors. So if you do not wish to be photographed, tell them.

  • Tim’s 5 Tageszeiten, Breite St. 98, T:0049-5321-382999, F:0049-5321-398831, E: info(at)tims-5tageszeiten.de, [39]. Most enjoyable venue. Modern flair. Jolly visitors.
  • Tiffany's Club, Marktkirchhof 3, 38640 Goslar, T:0049-5321-22886, F:0049-5321-45232, E: info(at)tiffanys-club.de, [40]. Located in the town centre opposite themarket church. Young visitors. Do not expect the latest music and fashion.
  • Heckies Pub - Stapelner St. 8,38644 Goslar Bassgeige, T:0049-5321-683886. To meet up with the locals. 1 Mile South of the town centre.
  • La Bohéme [41] - Schilder St.6, T:0049-5321-394838, E:info(at)la-boheme-goslar.de. Large pub. Gigs of local bands. Rock music.
  • Quetsche - Marktkirchhof 4, T:0049-5321-24416. Trendy with the locals.
  • Heaven's Door - Irish Pub, Brüggemann St. 14, T:0049-5321-1214. Yet another Irish theme bar.
  • White Swan | Weißer Schwan - Münz St. 11, T:0049-5321-25737. Nice outdoor beer garden. Located in a nice old half-timbered house.
  • Maxi Mumm - Markt St. 3, T:0049-5321-22627. Not for fans of umpta-da-da-da umpta-da-da-da music.
  • King of Bavaria, König von Bayern - Markt 1, 38640 Goslar. T:0049-5321- 392090, F:0049-5321-392093, E:Goslar(at)Koenig-von-Bayern.de, [42]. Yet another Bavarian theme bar. In the dungeon of the town hall. The more grey your hairs get, the more you'll enjoy it.
  • Brauhaus Wolpertinger, Brewhouse Wolpertinger - Marstall St. 1, T:0049-5321-22155, E:info(at)wolpertinger-brauhaus.de, [43]. Yet another another Bavarian theme bar, for the average Joe blog.
  • Campingplatz Sennhütte, Clausthaler St. 28, 38644 Goslar, T:0049-5321-22498.Camping site in the vicinity of the town centre. Clean.
  • Campingplatz Am Kreuzeck, Kreuzeck 5, 38644 Goslar-Hahnenklee, T:0049-5325-2570, Fax:0049-5325-3392. E:kreuzeck(at)aol.com, [44]. Suited for caravans. ca. 250 places. High up in the Upper Harz in the village of Hahnenklee, ca. 5 miles to the South of Goslar. Quiet.
  • YHA Hostel Goslar, [45]. Jugendherberge Goslar, Rammelsberger St. 25, 38644 Goslar. T: 0049-5321-22240, F:0049-5321-41376, E: jh-goslar(at)djh-hannover.de. The YHA hostel can be found at the southwestern edge of Goslar on a hill overlooking the town. Its slate roof and half timbered facade make the building instantly recognisable. Membership of the International Youth Hostel Association is required. There are 163 beds, each room has 2 - 8 beds and a washing facility. The rooms in the annex have 12 beds and are suited for visitors with disablities.

Mid-range

There are more than 20 private Pensions and room rentals as well as almost 100 holiday apartments catering to this price range in Goslar. It is best to contact the Tourist information in Goslar or see the official website [46] for details.

Some listings:

  • Burg im Zwinger - Burggraf, [47] - a real castle to sleep in!
  • Haus am Steinberg, Zeppelinstr. 1, 38640 Goslar
  • Gästehaus Möller, Schieferweg 6, 38640 Goslar
  • Haus Lieselotte, [48]. Family Guesthouse in Hahnenklee-Bockswiese
  • Hotel Achtermann, Rosento St. 20, 38640 Goslar. T: 0049-5321-70000, F: 0049-5321-7000999, E:info(at)der-achtermann.de, [49]. Situated near the central railway station in the centre of town. Has a conference centre attached.
  • Hotel Kaiserworth, - 4 Star - Markt 3, 38640 Goslar. T: 0049-5321-7090, F: 0049-5321-709345, [50]. Located at the historical market place directly in the centre of town. Has also an excellent restaurant, the "Worth", and a confectionery with delicious cream cakes... yummy yummy!
  • Hotel Niedersächsischer Hof, - 4 Star - Klubgartenstr. 1-2, 38640 Goslar. T: 0049-5321-3160, F: 0049-5321-316444, E:niedersaechsischer-hof(at)t-online.de, [51]. Opposite of the central railway station in the centre of town, newly refurbished.

Stay safe

Goslar is generally a safe place, but adopt the same safety precautions at elsewhere in Europe. In general the Goslarians are quite open minded. If you get into difficulties, then the following addresses should provide you with assistance. As everywhere, do not exploit the generosity of the locals.

  • Lower-Saxon Police Service [52] - Goslar district divisional headquarters serving the Harz region. Also provides up-to-date traffic information for Goslar district (in German only). Polizeiinspektion Goslar, Heinrich-Pieper-Str. 1, 38640 Goslar. Tel. 0049-5321-339-0 V. In an emergency dial 110, the police emergency line & crimestoppers (calls in the German or English language only).
  • Goslar fire services [53]. Oker St. 40, 38640 Goslar.
  • German Motorists Association [54] ADAC. Representative in Goslar. Membership in the ADAC or partner organisations is required! Reisedienst F. Bokelmann KG, Marktkirchhof 1, 38640 Goslar, T:0049-5321 22233, F: 0049-5321-26578.
  • AIDS Hilfe [55] - Goslar provides counselling to suffers of HIV.
  • The Samaritans can be contacted at T:0800-1110111.

Cope

Goslar at the first sight might appear boring to you, with many geezers (most of them might actually be tourists on which Goslar's economy depends somehow) on the streets, be that you are one of them. However, the first impression aside you can find your own niche and then, getting acquainted to the locals, you might find the town quite enjoyable.

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