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City of science!

A university city with tradition, charm and a high quality of life – this is how the centre of southern Lower  Saxony can be described. The marks of over 1,000 years of city history can be found here. First mentioned in a document in 953, the place was granted city rights around 1200 and flourished greatly as a member of the Hansa during the 14th and 15th century. Once the university had been founded in 1734, the city developed into a significant centre of science and education. Its imposing churches, impressive university buildings and half-timbered houses in the historic centre stand witness to these and many other important dates in city history. The city’s symbol is Gänseliesel (little goose girl), the “world’s most-kissed girl”, whose

statue stands on top of the fountain in front of the Altes Rathaus (old city hall). The extraordinary cultural offers in Göttingen are characterized by their great variety. Theatres, orchestras, museums and largescale events attract visitors from far beyond the city limits. City travelers value the lively city’s atmosphere of openness to the world, with many students and guests from abroad to be seen in the streets.

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Worth seeing

Weihnachtsmarkt in Göttingen / Christmas Market in Göttingen

Christmas Market around the Old Town Hall in Göttingen

Christmas Market in Göttingen 2018: 26 November to  29 December

Around the medieval Old Town Hall and St. John’s Church, the Christmas market of the university city Göttingen has its traditional place. At over 80 festively decorated stalls, you will find a multitude of typical Christmas articles including candles, jewellery and Christmas tree decorations. Many artisans and craftspeople demonstrate their skills and invite you to come and explore. Enhance the joys of the Christmas season by tasting christmassy treats and mulled wine on your stroll around the market.

Shopping and Going Out in Göttingen

A shopping experience with flair

Make shopping a pleasure: all year round Göttingen offers the right ambience for a stressfree  shopping experience. The historic old town with its mediaeval Town Hall, churches, half-timbered buildings, bars, restaurants and street cafés invites visitors to stroll about and have a look around. A wide variety of merchandise and services are available from specialist shops, both large and small. Theatre performances, festivals, openair events and cinemas promise
artistic enjoyment and relaxation whatever your tastes.

Ethnological Collection

Over 16,000 ethnographic exhibits from people from all continents and climate zones, and the famous Cook-Foster-Cellection from the 18th century.

Opening hours:

Sundays: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , for groups by arrangement.


Völkerkundliche Sammlung / Ethnological Collection
Theaterplatz 15
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 (0) 551/39-7891

Göttingen Schlösser & Gärten-Alter Botanischer Garten

Old Botanical Garden

The Old Botanical Garden invites people with its historical conservatories, the botanical areas and the old tree population, for a walk off the beaten track of the city centre.

Entrance: Untere Karspüle and Wilhelm-Weber-Straße

Opening hours:

March-November daily 8 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
December-February daily 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

daily 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Guided tours on request.


Untere Karspüle 1
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 (0) 551/395755


Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen
10 May 2018 to 21 May 2018

International Handel-Festival in Göttingen

Germany’s oldest Festival of Handel’s works invites you to attend outstanding musical performances.

Further Information

Göttinger Kultursommer
2 June 2018 to 2 June 2018

Göttingen Night of Culture

Culture taken place all over the city of Göttingen. One highlight is an open-air concert by  the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra.


1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018

Göttingen Summer of culture

Outstanding concerts, readings and festivals in many different venues.

9 special tips:

  • Main hall in the Old town hall
  • Shopping in the historic city centre
  • Guided tour of the university and its rich tradition
  • A walk on top of the city wall
  • Tour of the city cemetery (graves of Nobel Prize laureates)
  •  Tour of the Luisenhall salt works
  • Panorama of Göttingen and surrounding area from the Bismarck tower
  • Badeparadies Eiswiese (adventure pool)
  • International Handel Festival


Tourist-Information Göttingen
Altes Rathaus
Markt 9, D-37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 (0)5 51/4 99 80-0
Fax: +49 (0)5 51/4 99 80-10