A German roofer working on a cathedral found a message in bottle, written by his grandfather; Luisa Beck; Washington Post
The note from 1930 hoped for “better times soon to come.”
First-time visitors to Germany often flock to Munich or Berlin, and tend to miss out on the country’s rural enclaves. From the southern Alps to the Rhine River valley and Baltic Sea, the country is filled with plenty of charming small towns — and thanks to an extensive public transport system, most can be reached from Germany’s main cities. While there are too many worthy contenders to include in just one story, here are 12 of our favorites.
1. Goslar, Lower Saxony
Goslar has remained popular for centuries due to its outstanding architecture and charm, earning it UNESCO World Heritage status. The Rammelsberg mine also holds UNESCO status, with guided tours bringing visitors into the subterranean tunnels and offering them a chance to ride in an old miner’s train. However, most of Goslar’s allure lies above ground — notably the spectacular city gates and walls, the Imperial Palace, and nearly 50 church spires rising beyond the skyline of timbered homes.
Kisbee all excited again today as he came out of the garage. All fired up and ready to go for a ride.
Actually the ride was short, only a couple of miles along the road into Goslar.
What a wonderful place to visit. Designated Unesco World Heritage in 1992 all the streets are still lined with perfectly preserved timbered buildinsg. There are some real beauties among them. Wonderful carvings, painted decoration, some tiled all over in ornate slate patterns. We saw nothing out of place. No modern billboard to spoil the look, just an entire town of near perfect historic buildings.
The town has a wealthy heritage dating back to the 10th century because of the mineral mines on the edge of town at Rammerlsberg where silver, lead, zinc and copper were mined in abundance.