Göttingen city life
Göttingen is a young university city and despite its small size, it captures a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Göttingen managed to be unscathed from the World War II bombings and you can still admire many old buildings. Göttingen also covers many streets filled with cafes, bars and nice shops.
Attractions that are worth visiting in Göttingen:
- Göttingen City Museum
- The Bismarck Tower
- The Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) – see art shows of local, regional, and international artists
- Jacobikirche (St. James's Church)
The iconic landmark of Göttingen is Gänseliesel (a statue of a goose girl in Marktplatz) – nicknamed the "most kissed girl in the world" due to an old tradition in which every local student that completed a Ph.D. had to give her a kiss.
Göttingen is quite a green city, having three major botanical gardens and other parks where you can relax and wander around.
Check out Weender Street, the main pedestrian shopping street, and nice places to eat and drink are Einstein, Café Cortes, Zum Schwarzen Bären, or Junkernschänke – believed to be the oldest wine tavern in Germany.
Attend some of the local events like annual Music Festivals: the Handel Festival, International Organ Festival, as well as Jazz Festival and Arts Fairs.From Göttingen, you can easily travel to Hanover in just half an hour by train and you can see other German cities like Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt in more or less than two hours.
International atmosphere in Göttingen
Although a relatively small city, Göttingen has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and you can meet several foreigners living here, particularly people coming from the U.S., India, France, China, Canada or the UK. Göttingen is truly a young city, gathering a large student population and demographically speaking, around 40 % of the population is aged between 18 and 35.
Generally, weather in Göttingen is warm and temperate, but with significant rainfall throughout all four seasons. The average temperature during winter is around 3-4 °C (37 °F), and in the summer months, temperature ranges between 20 and 22 °C (70-71 °F).