Sights & Surroundings

Things to know, sights in Göttingen and the sourronding area

Gänseliesel Fountain

Market fountain with the Gänseliesel, the city's landmark, erected in 1901. "Most kissed girl in the world", because according to an old custom, every newly graduated doctor of the university has to kiss the figure.

Old Town Hall/Am Markt

The Old Town Hall, built in Göttingen's first heyday (13th to 16th century), also served as the merchants' guild house.

Lichtenberg Monument

Bronze monument to the famous physicist and philosopher Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) by Fuat Dushku, Albania (1992).

Wall/Old botanical Garden

Part of the rampart promenade around the old town, remnant of the fortifications built between 1362 and 1577, planted with lime trees in 1763. On both sides of the rampart is the Old Botanical Garden, laid out in 1736, with historic greenhouses.

Karzer (historical university prison)

The sparsely furnished rooms of the Karzer, whose walls and ceilings are completely covered with charcoal and chalk drawings of student offenders, are also located in the university's prestigious Aulage Building.


Consecrated in 1331 as the church of a Dominican monastery, formerly a place of pilgrimage with relics of Thomas Aquinas, site of the city's first Lutheran church service (1529) and the inauguration of the university (1737), part of the university library since 1812, changing exhibitions.

St. Jacobi

Göttingen's most important Gothic church (1361-1459) with a 72 m high tower, valuable double-winged altar, created in 1402 by an unknown master, restored in 1998/99, five new motif windows were installed and the interior designed in the Renaissance style.

St. Johannis

Gothic hall church built in 1300/1344 with three naves and a Romanesque north portal, council and town church, south tower (56.5 m). In the north tower (62 m), students live in the old tower keeper's room (tour of the church: Apr. - Sept. daily 11.00 - 12.00, tower tour Sat. 14.00 - 16.00).

Municipal Museum

The town's only aristocratic palace (1592) in the Renaissance style (Hardenberger Hof), today it houses the municipal museum with its extensive collections.

Badeparadies Göttingen - Indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpool and moreon 8400 square meters.


Heinz Sielmann - Nature Experience Center "Gut Herbigshagen"


Göttinger Planetary path


The Bismarkturm, observation tower with a view over Göttingen and the Leine valley




Thanks to its particularly scenic location from the Weser Valley to the Harz Mountains and from the Solling to the foothills of the Thuringian Forest, Göttingen invites you to enjoy recreation, sport and culture all year round. The beautiful forests and river valleys offer ideal conditions for hiking and cycling. Four long-distance cycle paths alone - the Weser, Fulda, Werra and Leine - lead along exciting river and hiking routes through picturesque towns and villages in the surrounding area, while the rivers Fulda, Werra, Weser, Leine and Rhume, the Seeburger See, the Wendebach reservoir and the Rhume spring are particularly attractive for water lovers. But not only water sports enthusiasts will find excellent conditions. The wide range of sports facilities extends from multi-purpose sports halls, sports grounds with athletics facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, shooting ranges, tennis courts, riding facilities, bowling and miniature golf courses to a golf course.

The cultural offerings in the surrounding area are also impressive. In addition to the regional center of Göttingen, the surrounding towns and communities offer a wealth of cultural attractions. A variety of themed markets as well as local and cultural festivals exert a strong attraction, especially in summer. Castles and palaces are attractive excursion destinations. The numerous museums, such as the local history museums in Duderstadt and Obernfeld, the Welfenschloss municipal museum in Hann. Münden, the "Gollong-Haus" village museum in Staufenberg-Nienhagen, the bread museum and the "Gollong-Haus" museum in Staufenberg-Nienhagen are all worth a visit.

A visit to the two half-timbered towns of Hann. Münden and Duderstadt should not be missed. In the "three-river town" of Hann. Münden, the magnificent Weserrenessaince town hall, St. Blasius Church and over 700 richly decorated half-timbered houses dating back six centuries characterize the old town. This medieval townscape forms the backdrop for the "Water Trails", a recognized project contribution to EXPO 2000 in Hanover. With over 600 half-timbered buildings, the historic town hall, St. Cyriacus Church, St. Servatius Church, the restored town wall and the Westerturm tower, Duderstadt offers a unique urban ensemble that invites you to linger.

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