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'''Göttingen'''[] is a city in the [[Germany|German]] state of [[Lower Saxony]], bordering the North Sea.  The population of Göttingen in 2004 was 129,446, of which around 24,000 are students.  It is best known for being the home of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.   
'''Göttingen'''[] is a city in the southernmost part of the [[Germany|German]] state of [[Lower Saxony]], bordering [[Hesse]] and [[Thuringia]].  The population of Göttingen in 2004 was 129,446, of which around 24,000 are students.  It is best known for being the home of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.   
==Get in==
==Get in==

Revision as of 10:44, 8 October 2006

Göttingen[1] is a city in the southernmost part of the German state of Lower Saxony, bordering Hesse and Thuringia. The population of Göttingen in 2004 was 129,446, of which around 24,000 are students. It is best known for being the home of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Get in

Göttingen lies in the very centre of Germany and is easily accessible from most parts of the country.

Göttingen's Hauptbahnhof is a stop on the ICE InterCity train line between Hamburg and Munich and also on the ICE line between Berlin and the South of Germany. Göttingen is approximately half an hour South of Hannover, two hours South of Hamburg, two hours West of Berlin, four hours North of Munich and about two hours east of the huge cities of the Ruhr such as Frankfurt-am-Main, Cologne and Dusseldorf.

Get around

Göttingen has an extensive bus network which criss-crosses the city centre and extends out to the surrounding villages on the outskirts of the city. A plan of the city bus network is available from the Goettingen Verkehrsbetriebe[2].


  • The Ganseliesel, "Goose Maiden", is the statue in the middle of the Marktplatz, is Göttingen's most famous figure. Local folklore has it that every student passing their doctorate must plant a kiss on the girl for good luck, leading to her being dubbed "the most kissed girl in the world".
  • The St.Jacob's Church is worth a look for its original distinctive paintwork on the interior which is not unlike that of a barbershop (though it is actually a faithful copy of the decor of the renaissance period). It is also possible to climb the tower of the church for unrivalled views across the city.
  • The University, whose staff and students include: Gauss, Riemann, Dirac, Bismarck, Oppenheimer, Born, Hilbert, Teller, Weyl.
  • There is a nice self-guided City Walk on the city's tourism website.[3]


  • Göttingen's impressive public baths, Badeparadies Eiswiese[4], are an ambitious walk (or a ten minute bus ride on line 4 or 14) but well worth the visit for the plethora of swimming pools (indoor, outdoor, large, small, hot, cold), saunas, jacuzzis & solaria.
  • At one corner of Marktplatz is a metal plaque which shows you where the Vierkirchenblick is. From this point it is possible to see the spires of each of Göttingen's four churches.


  • On Saturdays there is the weekly Wochenmarkt on the crypticly named Wochenmarktplatz. It's the best place in town to buy local produce from Göttingen and the surrounding region.
  • During the run-up to Christmas Göttingen has two lively Christmas markets, one directly outside the station and the other sprawling from the Marktplatz area to the space behind the town hall and the church. There you can buy a variety of traditional German gifts, mulled wines & a wide range of traditional German foods.


  • Cron & Lanz on Weender Strasse is the place for delicious Kaffe & Kuchen.
  • El Sol[5], Kurze Geismarstrasse 9 (on the square opposite the Junges Theater), is a reasonable Tex-Mex restaurant popular thanks to it's extensive happy hours, during which it's possible to buy huge cocktails for €4.
  • Döner - ask anyone in Göttingen and they will recommend their personal favourite of the many Döner kebab shops in the city. Highly recommended are Efes, which boasts a large seating area, and Ararat Imbiss, on Weender Strasse, which offers a large variety of kebab dishes.


  • The aptly named Irish Pub[6] is probably the best place in town to go for live music most evenings & to meet English speaking locals and ex-pats. It's also the only pub in Göttingen to serve Strongbow and the only bar in town to offer monthly karaoke evenings & whisky-tasting sessions.
  • For a more German experience, Trou[7], on Burgstrasse, is an atmospheric student pub located in an underground cavern which was once a kind of student jail.
  • Sechs Millionen Dollar Club[8] could have been lifted straight out of any of the Austin Powers movies & does a good line in shooters and left-of-centre DJs.
  • Gartenlaube on the Marktplatz square. The best place in town to sit with a beer and people watch in the summer
  • Alpenmax, a twisted German schlager/apres ski theme club famed for the €0.99 night on Wednesdays where every drink costs less than a Euro
  • Champs, located in the Börner Viertel, is possibly the best sports pub in town & is the place to watch sporting occasions on a big screen.


  • Göttingen's Jugendherberge[9] on Habichtsweg, a twenty minute walk from the centre of the city, is somewhat austere and suffers from enforcing a midnight curfew but is, however, the only place you'll find in town where you can get a bed for the night for less than €20.
  • Hotel Berliner Hof[10] on Weender Landstrasse, opposite the Shell petrol station, might represent a more realistic option, with rooms starting at €30. It is particularly well-located for those who are in Göttingen to spend time at the University.

Get out

  • Both Hanover and Hildesheim are only half an hour by high speed train (ICE).
  • The Harz mountains can be reached by public transport.
  • The river Weser with cities like Hamelin is nearby to the West.
  • Kassel to the South is just 20 minutes by high speed train (ICE).

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