"Goslar" Germany Things to Do Tip by Sjalen
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Germans themselves know about Goslar but I have yet to see coachloads of foreign tourists - apart from Swedish. Nevertheless, Goslar is the main northern border town to the Harz mountains so it does see a bit of tourism, especially as it is a World Heritage site because of its historic silver mines. The mountains create a nice backdrop to a very picturesque town with a small stream and nice buildings everywhere. The main square (picture) is the meeting place with its bars but the whole town is full of life and has some good shopping too. You can also visit the mountains from the former East German town of Wernigerode (see "off the beaten path"), almost equally picturesque and with fewer tourist developments due to its GDR history, although people do go there since the railway to the top of Mount Brocken (also in the former East Germany) starts there. However, if all you want to do is see Brocken in the distance (not as exciting now the Soviet spy masts have been taken down and no one is watching you) you can go to Bad Harzburg near Goslar and catch a bus (or drive) to Torfhaus where you find a restaurant, ski rental in winter and loads of new footpaths the forest for hiking (now that the wall that used to run right through the mountains has come down).
Directions: Autobahn from Braunschweig to the mountains further south.
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