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“Nice Historic Area”
Review of Kaiserpfalz

Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Goslar
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“Nice Historic Area”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Full of old buildings with lovely Cafes to sit out and starting point for little town tourist train and horse drive carriages.

Visited August 2012
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“Back in time”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Goslar is a small but picturesque town in the Harz region and was a most delightful stop on my journey across Lower Saxony. Its half-timbered houses, churches and markets are similar to some other towns but the splendid backdrop of the mountains makes this one special. The Kaiserpfalz is a medieval Imperial Palace is a must see with its regal interiors and hall of paintings including scenes from the Holy Roman empire, German mythology and fairy tales. William Wordsworth spent some time writing at this palace. From here one can look out over the colourful cottages across the town. You can take a nice leisurely walk around here and cover the Zwinger tower and pond nearby, the Marktkirche with its impressive bell tower and the UNESCO world heritage site of mining. I simply loved the museum of miniature figures, the legends of witches that are translated into sights of dolls and souvenirs in the many shops, the art studios with colourful blown glass work. More than anything, this is one place that will charm you with its peace, its stories and setting.

Visited November 2011
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“historic palace, murals inside come alive with the right tour guide”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The setting of the Imperial Palace on the top of a small hill on the edge of Goslar’s UNESCO World Heritage Site historic area is picturesque although the building itself perhaps isn’t overwhelming architecture. We took a walk around and up the steps into the palace after admiring the pair of Brunswick lions roaring in front.

As our luck would have it, a tour of the building with the focus on the murals inside had just started. And we were very lucky to have a competent and entertaining guide who managed to beautifully integrate the children in the group with little tasks and questions. What could have been a dry academic talk with lots of dates and names was instead a fascinatingly detailed look at German history, mythology, fairy tales, and legends. And we learned about the way German history was seen and legends and myths were used when the murals were created around 125 years ago. Without this wonderful guide we wouldn’t have “seen” as much as we did.

After the tour we had the chance took a look around the intimate Palace Chapel of St. Ulrich with the sarcophagus of Henry III and his dog (of all things!) located at the end of the palace.

While the palace is itself worth a visit, we can only hope that visitors are as lucky as we were to have such a wonderful guided tour to open their eyes.

Visited July 2012
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“Heartland Saxon history”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Incredible piece of German history: associated with the Holy Roman Empire; Henry the Lion; the Guelphs; Charlemagne; and Barbarossa. Has a massive painting of the Irminsul (Google that before you go) destroyed by Charlemagne.

Visited May 2012
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“a place to visit and get a sense of history”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

The place has captured my imagination from early times in my childhood - don't know if other get the same majestic 'feeling' when standing in front of the building, I love the place and view to the old city of Goslar - must have been fun to be an aristocrat then ...

Visited March 2012
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