Goslar was founded in 922 by Heinrich I, and has over one thousand years of history. Its romantic palace, beautiful old timber frame buildings, churches and museums give this town a historic feeling. In 1992 the old town, as well as the mine Rammelsberg were granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Market square is at the centre of this medieval town, and is a good base to start your exploration. The impressive late Gothic Town Hall which was recently restored features unique wall paintings which will take you back to the 16th century. The 11th century Imperial Palace is one of the highlights of Goslar and is recommended. On the South side is St Ulrich chapel containing the heart of Heinrich III. In the gardens is an excellent sculpture by the British artist Henry Moore entitled Goslar Warrior. The Goslar Museum has good overview of the history of Goslar as well as Harz, plus a room which features the treasures of the former Goslar Dom.
The Museum of Musical Instruments and Dolls contain a very impressive private collection of curiosities. A visit to the Museum of Modern Art which is located in a 16th century timber framed house has a good display of modern art. If art is not for you than a visit to the Museum im Zwinger with its collection of torture instruments and medieval tools (many exhibits can be tried out), could make for an interesting afternoon. UNESCO world heritage Rammelsberg mine is located 11km outside of the town. This 1000 year old mine is actually now four museums. Goslar owes its wealth and prosperity from this mine which closed in 1988. The sight of three huge underground wooden water wheels which provided both power and drainage is worth the visit alone.
If Goslar is where the arts, culture and history can be found, than Hahnenklee is the neighbouring playground for leisure and sports. Only 16 kilometres away from Goslar this idyllic health resort attracts over 100,000 visitors each year to experience its beautiful natural scenery. It is a ramblers dream with trails for all levels from 5 to 25 kilometres, including trails for wheelchair users.
The newly open mountain bike park and summer toboggan run is a must for adrenalin addicts. You can take the Bocksberg cable car to the summit and descend by bike on one of the 7 trails which cater from beginners to advance. If you want to try something a little different than make the journey down on one of the monster scooters.
If rushing down a mountain is not for you and you prefer two legs to two wheels, than Hahnenklee has many walks to offer. The latest one opened in 2007 and is called the Liebesbankweg (lovers walk). A nice 7 km long circular trail that has 25 individual designed benches in stunning locations overlooking beautiful scenery. Hahnenklee has a full winter programme, with five runs of varying difficulties. One is equipped with snow cannon, so skiing is guaranteed.