Marienburg Castle near Pattensen

Marienburg Castle near Pattensen, Germany

On a very cold winter day, I took a guided tour through this fairy-tale castle 20 km south of Hanover named Marienburg. The Gothic revival castle was built between 1858 and 1867 as a birthday present by King George V of Hanover to his wife, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg.

Architecture Museums

Bomann Museum in Celle

Bomann-Museum in Celle, Germany

The museum for Lower Saxon ethnology and history was built in the years 1903/07 by architect Alfred Sasse in the style of historicism. Originally the museum was named Vaterländisches Museum (National Museum) but has been renamed after his founder Wilhelm Bomann in 1928.

City Halls

New city hall in Hanover

New city hall in Hannover, Germany

The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) was built in the years 1901 to 1913 in eclectic style. The building is beautifully situated on the banks of the Maschteich. Inside, four city models show the city of Hanover (Hannover) at different times. The observation deck in the dome is accessible via a remarkable elevator, which is following an arched course.


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.

World Heritage Sites

Upper Harz Water Regale in Germany

Upper Harz Water Regale in Germany

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.

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.