Located in the northwestern slopes of the Harz Hills, Goslar features a strong historic influence. Much older than Berlin, which is the capital of Germany, this medieval town is worthy of at least a day trip. With the wealth generated from silver mining, Goslar received status of an Imperial City.
Full of museums and various tourist attractions (ex., the gorgeous Goslar Imperial Palace), you can travel the Old Town Center, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, by foot. Anyone who chooses a more relaxed and guided tour there is the option of the Goslar Tank Engine. The tour is only offered in German, so if you are not fluent, enjoy the scenery. ;-)
Other options are available, such as bus or bicycle. You can even rent a bike at the tourist information center. Make sure to give your self the appropriate amount of time needed to enjoy the scenery.
An exploratory person must tour this town. With the Harz Highlands accessible it makes for an excellent ski location. Other options include water-skiing, Hang-gliding, wild-water-rafting, pretty much anything you can think of.
For anyone who is “hands on” or like to be active, I suggest trying to devote a few days here. There is even a ship AquaMarin that offers a cruise up the Oker River, into the highlands. For the feebler and less adventuress, there is always a cable car that can take you to approximately 2,300 feet. It runs seasonally so be sure to check in advance if you plan to utilize it.
At first glance, the town can appear to be tired and worn out, but after doing some searching, you will realize there is an extensive nightlife, and many opportunities to enjoy yourself. An excellent source for activities is the information center.
There is plenty of shopping and restaurants readily available. A perfect locale for a family with different objectives for their travels.