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Goslar (district)

State:Lower Saxony
Adm. Region:Braunschweig
Area:965 km²
Inhabitants:156,500 (2000)
pop. density:164 inh./km²
Car identification:GS

Goslar is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the south and clockwise) the districts of Osterode, Northeim, Hildesheim and Wolfenbüttel, the city of Salzgitter, and by the states of Saxony-Anhalt (districts of Halberstadt and Wernigerode) and Thuringia (Nordhausen).

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
5 External links


The history of the district is linked with the city of Goslar.

The district of Goslar was established in the 19th century by the Prussian government. The city of Goslar did not belong to the district until 1972, when it was eventually incorporated into the district.


The region comprises the northwestern part of the Harz mountains. The Harz National Park is part of this district. The highest peak is the Wurmberg (971 m) near Braunlage, also being the highest elevation of Lower Saxony. Above the small town of Altenau there is the source of the Oker river, which runs through the picturesque Oker valley to leave the Harz at Vienenburg.

Coat of arms

The eagle is the heraldic animal of the city of Goslar, while the lion symbolises the municipality of Schladen. Schladen is not part of the district, but the lords of Schladen ruled over major parts of the district in the early Middle Ages.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Altenau
  2. Bad Harzburg
  3. Braunlage
  4. Clausthal-Zellerfeld
  5. Goslar
  6. Langelsheim
  7. Sankt Andreasberg
  8. Seesen
  9. Vienenburg
  10. Wildemann
  1. Lutter
  2. Oberharz
    Free municipalities
  1. Liebenburg

External links

Official website (German)