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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

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:

The museum is currently closed and is expected to move to the new university collection in the Forum Wissen (Knowledge Forum) in mid 2021.
Das Museum ist gegenwärtig geschlossen und geht voraussichtlich Mitte 2021 in die neue Universitätssammlung im Forum Wissen über.


Völkerkundliche Sammlung / Ethnological Collection
Theaterplatz 15
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 (0) 551/39-7891
Internet: www.uni-goettingen.de/de/28899.html

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
Internet: www.altgart.uni-goettingen.de/


Gänselieselfest in Göttingen

Gänseliesel festival Göttingen

Festival revolving around the emblem of Göttingen: the figure of Gänseliesel (the little goose girl). Göttingen‘s shops will also be open on this day (Sunday Shopping)


10 June 2023 to 10 June 2023

Night of culture in Göttingen

At the night of culture numerous Göttingen’s cultural institutions are taking part with a wide range of different programmes.

Weihnachtsmarkt Göttingen c) Christoph Mischke

Christmas Market in Göttingen

Around the medieval Old Town Hall and St. John’s Church, the Christmas market of the university city Göttingen has its traditional place.


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