The history of the imperial town of Goslar goes back more than a thousand years – is was founded in 922 by Heinrich (Henry) I. Goslar gained its wealth mainly by mining silver ore: the discovery of the forest silver veins probably moved the Saxon and Salian emperors to build their biggest and safest palace complex on this site. It became the preferred seat of government in the northern part of Germany and remained so for centuries. At the same time a centre of the Christian faith arose here.


The oval-shaped heart of the old part of the town was built in a very confined area covering one square kilometer. Drive once to the Kaiserpfalz (imperial palace), where you can enjoy the fascinating view of the mighty palace built in the Romanesque style. With its numerous spires and towers, 47 churches and chapels characterize the town’s unique silhouette. Even today, the view of the town with the spires of five big parish churches is impressive.

A wonderful natural background is provided by the Rammelsberg, more than 600 meters high, towering up directly behind the palace. The former ore mine there was only closed in 1988. This and the medieval old part of the town have been on the UNESCO List of the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Mankind since 1992.

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