Best things to do at Göttingen

You’re at Göttingen, Germany or plan to go there and you don’t know yet what to do? No problem – check out this list of the best things you can do in and around Göttingen. There is much to see and do!

Kissing the Gänseliesel
Kissing the Gänseliesel

Walk through the city center and meet the Gänseliesel: Göttingen is a medieval city with a clearly defined inner city that is surrounded by the old fortifications. Inside you’ll find good bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities. But also wonderful churches, the fantastic old town hall and the goose girl in front. If you receive your PhD you are brought there, have to bring her flowers and kiss here. A wonderful tradition!

Göttingen, Germany
Göttingen, Germany

Walk around a nice lake and grab some ice cream: the most important relaxation area of Göttingen is around the lake Kiessee. You can simply go for a walk around it, rent a boat, play at the nice playground or the natural area in the south. Or you can simply grab an ice cream at the restaurant, sit in the sun and enjoy the scenery. Read more...

Badeparadies Eiswiese, Göttingen
Badeparadies Eiswiese, Göttingen

Enjoy a nice indoor swimming pool or hop into the sauna: especially in case of bad weather! At Göttingen you will find the nice indoor pool and sauna on the Eiswiese with different pools for swimming and playing (called the Badeparadies). There is a lazy river and an outdoor pool, too. The sauna is great and they especially have a nice outdoor section. Afterwards you can have some gyros at the Greek restaurant Poseidon located in the same building. Read more…

Wildgehege, Kehr, Göttingen
Wildgehege, Kehr, Göttingen

Visit some deer and wild boars at the Kehr: It is one of the things people from Göttingen, Germany love to do on weekends: have a walk at the Kehr within the woods belonging to the city. There you will find deer and wild boars in two separate areas, you can buy some animal feed and take a round course which is approximately three kilometers long. Also a nice walk with children. Read more…

Thanner's Tag & Nachtschänke, Göttingen
Thanner’s Tag & Nachtschänke, Göttingen

Do some Kneipenhopping: due to the university and the many students Göttingen is the city with the highest bar density in northern Germany. Start at the Wilhelmsplatz (probably at the Thanner’s Tag- und Nachtschänke) and then make your way from bar to bar. In Göttingen they are all concentrated in the city center. Final stop is typically the Déjà-vû that is open until the sun is fully up again.

Wallanlagen, Göttingen
Wallanlagen, Göttingen

Walk around on the Wall: the ancient fortification of Göttingen is new a green ring surrounding the city center. Walking on it is nice and it gives you some alternative views on the city. Have a look into the botanical garden, see the Bismarckhäuschen (where Fürst Bismarck was living while studying) and find the old mill at the Leinekanal.

Jérôme-Pavillon, Schillerwiese, Göttingen
Jérôme-Pavillon, Schillerwiese, Göttingen

Relax on the Schillerwiesen or play some crazy golf: it is the relaxation area close to the city center. They Schillerwiesen are a nice place to play, walk around, have a barbecue or some ice cream. And you can play crazy golf if you want to.

Wilhelmsplatz, Göttingen
Wilhelmsplatz, Göttingen

Have a beer on the Wilhelmsplatz: in Southern Europe it is normal to just meet with a beer on a public space. In Göttingen there is also a place for that in summer times. Traditionally the young people meet on the Wilhelmsplatz (especially on Wednesday evenings) and have fun there. Join the crowd – you can buy drinks at shops close-by.

Aula am Wilhelmsplatz, Göttingen
Aula am Wilhelmsplatz, Göttingen

Go into the student jail: in earlier days the university was responsible to punish students who did stupid things. And therefore there is also a jail within the Aula at the Wilhelmsplatz. On a guided tour (book online in advance!) you can see how the students decorated their cell walls beautifully.

Alter Botanischer Garten, Göttingen
Alter Botanischer Garten, Göttingen

Watch some plants at the Alter Botanischer Garten: the old botanical garden is located next to the city center – you can enter it from the old Auditorium next to the Weender Tor. Discover some plants you’ve never seen – especially in the greenhouses they’ve got some exotic plants that sometimes attract many visitors when in full bloom.

Historische Sternwarte, Göttingen
Historische Sternwarte, Göttingen

See the Sternwarte of Carl-Friedrich Gauß: south of the old city center (next to the new town hall) you can find the old observatory of Göttingen. It is the place Carl-Friedrich Gauß worked at – did you know that he, his inventions and Göttingen were on the bank note worth ten German Marks?

St. Johannis, Göttingen
St. Johannis, Göttingen

Climb on top of church St. Johannis: in the city center of Göttingen there are three beautiful churches (that you can all see from one point near the old town hall, the ‘Drei-Kirchen-Blick‘). One of them is St. Johannis that has nice towers. On one of them students could live free of charge in the past. You can get up on a guided tour – but you’ll have to book that in advance.

Hike to the Bismarkturm in the forest: the people of Göttingen admired Otto von Bismarck and as he had studied in their town they built a tower for him that opened in 1896. It is located in the forest above the city quarter Geismar and is therefore a famous target destination for a hike.