The Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (Harz Narrow Gauge Railways) are widely known for their steam trains running up and down the Harz Mountains. But they also offer diesel railbuses (Class 187) dating back to the 1990s.
The Upper Harz Water Regale (Oberharzer Wasserregal) is a system of dams, reservoirs and ditches built from the 16th to 19th centuries to divert and store the water that drove the water wheels of the mines in the Upper Harz region. [German]
The Selke Valley Railway (Selketalbahn) connects the places Quedlingburg and Hasselfelde/Eisfelder Talmühle with a branch to Harzgerode. It is part of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways (Harzer Schmalspurbahnen), the largest narrow gauge network in Germany. At my first visit I took a ride from Alexisbad to Gernrode.
On my walk through Quedlinburg, I came across this Moravian Star. Generally, it is an Advent decoration popular in Germany and other places where there are Moravian congregations. The German name Herrnhuter Stern refers to the city of Herrnhut. There the stars were first commercially produced.
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.
An impressive way to learn more about the history of Goslar: This pewter figure museum (Zinnfigurenmuseum) offers guided tours along the numerous showcases telling about the city’s history.
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.
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.