More about Goslar, Germany

@JudyEv (90247)
Bunbury, Australia
February 2, 2016 8:20pm CST
Goslar is situated in Lower Saxony, Germany, on the north-western slopes of the Harz mountains. The Old Town of Goslar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was founded in the 10th century after the discovery of silver in nearby Rammelsberg. Mining remained the major industry until 1988 with the mines in continuous operation for over 900 years. The first photo on the slide show shows the Marketplatz with its lovely cobblestone pattern. On the extreme right is the building which houses the glockenspiel which I wrote about earlier. Being such an old town, nothing seems to be straight or square and one photo shows roof lines which lean every which way. There are a number of half-timbered houses, many of which have the date of their erection on the front. We visited a number of ancient churches too and a very old building that was the first hospital in the town.
I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload)
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@Platespinner (16824)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Feb 16
I love old towns like this! They aren't something that we can find on this side of the Atlantic.
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 16
You don't find them in Australia either. Some of the buildings have been reinvented over and over and have been all things to all people it seems.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Feb 16
@JudyEv If those walls could talk!
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@MALUSE (28908)
• Denmark
3 Feb 16
It's not always pure joy to live in such old houses, especially if it's forbidden to change and modernise the rooms because of preservation orders. If something round falls down, it rolls to the other side of the room at once. Walls and staircases are crooked. Ceilings are usually low and windows small. These houses are often more beautiful from the outside than from the inside. In the city of Heidelberg the old centre was modernised. Two houses were connected and bigger rooms made. That's a good solution.
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Feb 16
I can understand that. But it's nice to look through rose-coloured glasses occasionally. Even in Australia there are laws about what can and can't be changed once a house or building becomes 'heritage listed'.
@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
5 Feb 16
I wait in anticipation to see your lovely videos of Germany - love the virtual meandering
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Feb 16
That's nice. I think we have a bit longer to go in Germany then we're back into France. My 'virtual' trip is taking nearly as long as the real one.
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
5 Feb 16
@JudyEv we dont mind - its travel we are not paying for - FREEBE!!
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• United States
3 Feb 16
Great video and such beautiful architecture. We don't see much of that in new construction anymore.
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Feb 16
Possibly it is too expensive to be too innovative. In Ireland and England they still seem to build a row of houses either all the same or mirror-images of each other. I guess it is cheaper that way but I'd rather have something more 'individual'.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21015)
• United States
3 Feb 16
I lived in Germany for eleven years and absolutely loved it.
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Feb 16
I wish I was younger and had the time to spend a few years in other countries. Whereabouts in Germany did you live?
@LadyDuck (109442)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 16
This ancient village is beautiful. There is a Medieval village in Italy that I would like to visit, it's not too far from where we live. We plan to go in late Spring.
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 16
I think it is the age of everything that I find so incredible as Australia is such a young country by comparison.
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@BelleStarr (29513)
• Portland, Connecticut
3 Feb 16
What a charming place. It seems to have survived WWII quite well.
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 16
Yes, there was little destruction mainly because the city surrendered 'in a timely manner' (says Wikipedia) and was handed over intact to the Americans.
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@TRBRocks420 (57391)
• Banks, Oregon
3 Feb 16
A lot of beautiful places in Germany to see. Glad you had a good time.
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@JudyEv (90247)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 16
It was all very new and different to us.