Goslar – Part 1, Friday

Last weekend (Jan. 21-23) we decided to take a trip for the entire weekend and check out the medieval city of Goslar, which I’m sure you’ve all figured out from the tweets over yonder.

We arrived Friday afternoon, and the first thing on our agenda, after buying a map, was to head to the youth hostel to throw our things down.  And at first we failed as far as observation skills because we ended up taking the loong way up to it — we walked the road instead of following the sign for the footpath.  Oops!

JP was so excited once we got up there he took a bunch of pictures:

The Hostel buiding, the right timbered part was built in
the 1930’s, the part on the right is slightly newer.

The views from the Hostel were beautiful
with the snow!

We’re sure that this area is beautiful in the spring and
summer as well!

After setting our things down, we headed to the Kaiserpfalz before it closed.  It was built in the 10th century, and while the building itself was misused for a couple hundred years, the overall archetecture was changed very little when it was restored in the 19th century.

Looking straight at the Kaiserpfalz.

Looking down from the steps.
All the statues were made from metals pulled
out of the mine.

No pictures were allowed IN the actual Kaiserpfalz, but we did find out that there used to be a HUGE church to match the Emporer’s castle.  Most of it was dismantled in the first half of the 19th Century due to the building becoming unsafe.  The only part that’s actually left is the old narthax, with the emporer’s throne:

The narthax. From the diagrams in the Kaiserpfatz
the church was really impressive.  Its sad that it was dismantled.
It also used to be refered to as the “Goslar Dom”
or cathedral even though Gosslar didn’t have a bishop.

The Throne.
The real upper metal part is located in the
Kaiserpfalz, the one here is just a cast.
JP said he thinks they should hire a couple
of hobos to work in shifts wearing emporer’s clothes
so they can wave at people who come to take a picture. 😉

On the train ride all we had eaten was an apple cake I made the night before, so we decided to go check out things in the city’s market square and then find something to eat.

Aaand there was this guy…
Yeah, he was interesting, and right by the
“main” church.

We walked around taking everything in and parused the menues for all the eateries around the square.  One of the things that I found so striking about Goslar is that SO much of it is preserved, mainly because they didn’t really suffer any damage from the war – and if they did, it was very little.  Before dinner we found the local mall, snagged some shampoo, and snacks for later that night.  We also stopped by H&M in hopes of finding JP a wool coat on sale, which personally I think looks pretty damn good on him. 😉

We finally settled on a place to eat called “Die Butterhanne” (LINK!)to try some of the local foods, particularly dishes with boar sausage and venison!  Oh goodness was it good.  We were so hungry that our plates didn’t last too incredibly long, but it was one of those situations were you wanted to eat to get your fill, but you were sad that it ended so soon.  When we head back to Goslar again I’m sure we’ll be eating here again 😉

After dinner we watched the 6pm Glockenspiel, which was put into place in 1969 in honor of the mine being in operation for 1000 years!  Hopefully next time we can actually get it on film.

We headed back to the hostel, played a game of fusball, grabbed our sheets and went to bed.  We wanted an early start because we were going to hit up the mine the next morning, but that’s going to have to be another post, because I really should go get ready for my day with the munchkins 😉

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