Welcome to Göttingen - City of Science

The university town of Göttingen with a great heritage invites its visitors to a trip into the middle of Germany.

Towers of St. Johns Church
Göttingen, situated in the middle of Germany between the Harz mountains and the Weser river, is well – known for its University, the fame of which is enhanced by 46 Nobel Prize Winners.

The historic city centre, enclosed by the remains of the mediaeval town wall, is home to magnificent churches and half – timbered houses dating from the 14th to the 18th century. Much of the urban life takes place within the old town walls. All places of interest are at most a leisurely ten minute walk.

Göttingen’s landmark is the Gänseliesel figure on the fountain at the market square in front of the Old Town Hall. This art nouveau statue figures a girl herding geese. It is a tradition that all new doctoral graduates from the University kiss the cheeks of the statue after passing their examination. This makes her "the most kissed girl in the world".

The rich cultural life of Göttingen, with theatres, orchestras, museums and large events evokes interest well beyond the city boundaries. Visitors appreciate Göttingen’s accessibility by road or train and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this lively city, created by students and people from all over the world alike.

written 2018-01-29