Tag Archives : Harz

Rammelsberg: Where we ran away


Rammelsberg is located in the outskirts of Goslar. According to Wikipedia, The Rammelsberg is a mountain, 635 m high, on the northern edge of the Harz, south of the town of Goslar in the north German state of Lower Saxony. The mountain is the location of an important mine, the only mine which had been working continuously for over 1,000 years…

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The Old Town of Goslar: Where The Viking and I disagreed


Well, it would be a bit boring if The Viking and I liked the same stuff the whole time, wouldn’t it? We disagreed on the beauty – or the lack of it – of the Old Town of Goslar. The Old Town has withstood the two World Wars very well; you can see a variety of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic…

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Upper Harz Water Management System


So, what is this Upper Harz Water Management System? I found this brief description on the website of UNESCO: The Upper Harz mining water management system, which lies south of the Rammelsberg mines and the town of Goslar, has been developed over a period of some 800 years to assist in the process of extracting ore for the production of…

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Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System


That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it? As you can see, there are three sites in this entry on the UNESCO World Heritage List and they are located not so far from each other. We will treat them in different posts though, with more accurate descriptions. And a lot more pictures. In color and black and white! Which criteria did UNESCO…

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The Harz – A short visit to Wernigerode


This is a town, I would like to visit again. Preferably early in the morning, when there are not too many people around. Wernigerode is the closest town to the Brocken, which is the highest peak of the Harz. Actually, the Brocken can be reached from Wernigerode by the steam train that I have just mentioned in the previous post.…

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The Harz – To be a tourist or not to be a tourist, that’s the question


As you know by now, The Viking and I like to stay away from very popular touristic places and attractions. There are two main reasons for this. The first reason is that we simply don’t like crowded places; we tend to become restless and simply don’t feel at ease. Maybe, it’s because when I still traveled with my parents, they…

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The Harz – The Okertalsperre in black and white


As you might have guessed, since the weather was quite dull, I also took pictures of the Oker Dam in black and white. By the way, I processed all pictures with Snapseed. For the color pictures, I wanted to give a boost to the different shades of green. And for the black and white pictures, processing was necessary, because without…

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The Harz – The Okertalsperre and the different shades of green


After our little adventure in Hahnenklee, The Viking decided to show me the Oktertalsperre. The word “sperre” means “dam”, whereas Oker refers to the name of the river. According to Wikipedia, The dam is in the shape of an arch (see arch-gravity dam). It is 75 m high, 260 m long, can impound up to 47 million m³ of water and provides hydropower, flood protection and water regulation at times of low water.…

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