Glockenspiel at Kaiserringhaus in Goslar

Glockenspiel at Kaiserringhaus in Goslar, Germany

At the end of my photo walk through Goslar I came across this Glockenspiel placed at the Kaiserringhaus of Goslar. Four times a day it shows figures of miners doing their hard work at the nearby Rammelsberg Mine accompanied by well known tunes like the ‘Steigerlied’.

World Heritage Sites

Medieval hospital in Goslar

Medieval hospital in Goslar, Germany

In the year 1254, a hospital for people in need, invalids and orphans, but also for pilgrims has been erected in Goslar. Today the building, which is generally known by its German name ‘Große Heilige Kreuz’, still houses flats for retired people. In another part of the former hospital, you can visit a couple of craftspeople in their shops.

World Heritage Sites

Double-crooked building in Goslar

Double crooked building in Goslar, Germany

On my way from the centre of Goslar to the Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz) I came across this double-crooked building in the middle of a row of half-timbered houses. I guess, it wouldn’t be that easy to buy furniture for this home?


Strange faces at the Schuhhof in Goslar

Strange faces at the Schuhhof in Goslar, Germany

At one of the oldest squares in Goslar you can see these strange faces. Personally the reminded me more on faces known from overseas than on German ones. The German name of the square is Schuhhof. During Christmas time a sort of Christmas wood is placed on this square.


Pewter figure museum in Goslar

Pewter figure museum in Goslar, Germany

A very special way to learn more about the history of Goslar: This pewter figure museum (Zinnfigurenmuseum) offers guided tours along the numerous showcases telling about the history of the city.


House Kaiserworth in Goslar

View of the figures representing six emperors

The house with the name Kaiserworth was built in 15th century as guildhall for the cloth merchants. At this time they were the wealthiest people in the city and so the building looks like. Today it houses a hotel and restaurant. The figures represents different emperors.

Architecture World Heritage Sites

Slate-faced building in Goslar

Slate-faced building in Goslar, Germany

Goslar is a city which really can’t deny that there were slate mines nearby for many centuries. I saw a lot of slate-faced buildings in this city, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites now.

Industrial Heritage Mines World Heritage Sites

Shift bosses’ change room in Rammelsberg

Shift bosses' change room in Rammelsberg, Germany

This is NOT contemporary art but the shift bosses’ change room (Steigerkaue) in the world heritage site of Rammelsberg mine. Instead of lockers the shift bosses used these baskets for storing their clothes and put them high up in the hall. A similar change room (Kaue) for miners I saw at the cocking plant Hansa in Dortmund.

Industrial Heritage Mines Museums World Heritage Sites

First aid room at Rammelsberg Mine in Goslar

First aid room at Rammelsberg mine near Goslar, Germany

Walking through the museums of the visitor mine and world heritage site Rammelsberg near Goslar gives an interesting insight in the miners’ life. For example you can see this first aid room equipped with materials from the 1980s.

Industrial Heritage Mines World Heritage Sites

Roeder Gallery at Rammelsberg Mine

Roeder Gallery at Rammelsberg Mine, Germany

There are several underground tours exploring the Rammelsberg Mine. I took the shortest one which goes through the Roeder Gallery. On this tour you follow the route of the water, channelled into the mine to set big water wheels in motion.