Goettingen Travel Guide

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Goettingen is a relatively small city in Lower Saxony, Germany, with a population of less than 130,000 (2008). Georgia Augusta University has made Goettingen a popular destination both in the past and present. Numerous famous historic names were professors here including the Brothers, Grimm, Wilhelm Weber and even Otto von Bismarck, as well as others. Just to show how unique Goettingen is, this is what students do when they receive their doctorate from Georgia Augusta: they must go to the statue in front of the old town hall and climb up it to kiss the Goose Girl , the iron figure of a girl with geese in her hands. Culture is prime in Goettingen, and you will see it in everything you do.

What to See

There are both old and new sites to see in Goettingen. Though more citizens are leaving the church presently, Roman Catholocism has been a large part of the lives of the people in this town, so there are many old and beautiful churches to see. The St. Ablani Church was built between 1002-1024 by Heinrich II, is just one of them. The Navel, which is the center of the pedestrian zone of the city is a large, circular area with a statue in the center, the unique architecture of Goettingen surrounding it.


As with most campuses, much of Goettingen's nightlife is based in the vicinity of the university and student housing. Here you will find many international and local restaurants, pubs of most every kind and a theater that hosts both musical events and plays. This is a city that is accepting of all kinds, due to the diversity of the school, so expect to fit right in whether you are from another country or another city in Germany.

Where to Stay

In Goettingen, you will find accommodation to fit whichever price range you are aiming for. If you don't have a lot to spend, try out Eden Hotel. It's still a bit expensive, but if you can share a room with a friend, you'll only be paying around $50 per night. It is not a chain hotel, so expect personalized service and a family environment. For around $83 per night, you can try out the Leinehotel Goettingen. You will have cable television, radio, a telephone available for international use (for an extra fee) and a minibar. A large breakfast is included. The style is modern but simplistic, clean and roomy. All rooms also have a small kitchen so you don't have to spend your money on restaurants every night.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6ttingen#Cultural_relevance


June 13, 2005 new by seboslaw

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