What to do and see in Goettingen, Germany: The Best Places and Tips

August 5, 2017 Janette Largent

Best known to most Germans as the locale of Georg-August University, Gottingen has about 130,000 residents, about a quarter of whom are students. Gänseliesel (Goose Girl) is the city's most famous resident, a 1901 fountain built in front of the 14th century Rathaus (Town Hall), which today houses the city's tourist office. But even Goose Girl can't escape the college students, who by tradition upon receiving their PhDs must climb and kiss her, making her "the most kissed girl in the world."
Restaurants in Goettingen

1. Gaenseliesel

Kornmarkt, 37073 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany Markt 9
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4 based on 198 reviews

Gaenseliesel

Reviewed By Jaytara - Singapore

Located in Goettingen's city centre on pedestrianised Weedner Strasse, opposite the Altes Rathaus, the Gaenseliesel is a magnet for tourists. The tradition of university graduates kissing the maiden holding the swan is interesting. Worth a looksee but don't spend too much time trying to get the perfect selfie or wefie.

2. Botanischer Garten

Untere Karspuele 2, 37073 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 551 395755
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Botanischer Garten

Reviewed By Jane E - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Managed by the students in the nearby university. Visiting the pond area with the noisy frogs was a delight! There is another less developed garden sight near to the far uni campus that's well worth seeing too. Go into the greenhouse it should be renamed 'hotbouse'!

3. Altes Rathaus

Markt 9, 37073 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 551 499800
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Altes Rathaus

Reviewed By SanFranTravelers - Goettingen, Germany

This place should be one of your first stops if you're new to the town. It holds the Tourist Office, provides you with information on current events, AND is a beautiful, historical place to visit. You can also schedule a guided tour from the Tourist Office here!

4. Wilhelm-Busch-Muehle

Muehlengasse 8 | Ebergoetzen, 37136 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 5507 7181
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Wilhelm-Busch-Muehle

Reviewed By testerfriend - Goettingen, Germany

Was too far away and quite a disappointing. Nice if you have seen the Göttingen inner city circle, and have too much time. Dont expect too much...

Hainberg | Bismarckturm Göttingen, 37085 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 551 4003522
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Bismarckturm

Reviewed By TwoSmallPotatoes - Germany

The tower itself is neat and taller than I expected at 4 stories, though we weren't able to go inside because it was closed.
The hike up was less than 500 meters from where we parked on Bismarckstraße near the Kaiser-Wilhelm Center. Though the trail was a bit steep, it only took us a few minutes to hike up to the tower.
It's a great place to enjoy the pretty woods and if you take lunch or a snack, you can enjoy it at their Flintstones' style stone and wood picnic table just beneath the tower.

6. St. Jacobikirche

Jacobikirchhof 1, 37073 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 5502 57596
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

St. Jacobikirche

Reviewed By kr0elle - Berlin, Germany

This church is definitely a must-see. The optical illusions created by the painting of the columns inside are something you won't see anywhere else. The modern artwork of the windows in the left nave are a prime example of how to convey a medieval church carefully into modern times.
You can also climb the spire for a small fee which however we did not do.

7. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Statue

Marktplatz vor dem Alten Rathaus, 37001 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4 based on 15 reviews

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Statue

Reviewed By Dr-Ing-Dchen - Rapid City

While many visit the Gaenseliesel statue, I find the newer Lichtenberg statue a bit more interesting. Especially as you learn more about the educated man represented by the statue.

8. Wiechert’sche Erdbebenwarte

Herzberger Landstr. 180/182, 37075 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 5508 976710
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5 based on 5 reviews

Wiechert’sche Erdbebenwarte

Reviewed By runner-ohz - Bremen, Germany

Die Erdbebenwarte wird von einem Verein betreut. Es war spannend, tiefen Einblick in das Thema Erdbeben zu bekommen, alte Seismografen zu sehen, die immer noch messen, vieles über das Wirken von Wiechert, Gauß und Mintrop zu erfahren, kleine und große Experimente vorgeführt zu bekommen. Das sollte keiner verpassen. Ich bin begeistert.

9. Deutsches Theater

Theaterplatz 11, 37073 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 551 496911
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Deutsches Theater

Reviewed By apt42 - Graz, Austria

Wir waren anlässlich einer Opernproduktion der Händel-Festspiele hier. Die Aufführung war grandios! Das Theater ist klein, aber sehr fein, und bietet wärend des restlichen Jahres schönes Sprechtheater etc.

10. Paulinerkirche

Papendiek 14, 37073 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 551 3922456
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4 based on 4 reviews

Paulinerkirche

Reviewed By Hocico - Frankfurt

Die Paulinerkirche ist eine sehr beeindruckende Hallenkirche in Göttingen. Sie dient nun als Ausstellungsgebäude und kann dann im Rahmen von Ausstellungen besucht werden.

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