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Living in Göttingen

Life in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, is strongly affected by Lower Saxony's oldest University.

University of Göttingen

The University of Göttingen was founded by Georg August, Elector of Hannover, in 1737. It is a renowned and internationally acknowledged research institution.

In the old auditorium at Wilhelmsplatz the university offers a public lecture series every semester. Every Thursday at 18.15 o'clock national and international lecturers present their work.

Visit the website of the Georg-August-Universität

Old Botanical Garden

Water lilies at Victoria building of the Botanical Garden in Göttingen

The Swiss Botanist Albrecht Haller founded the botanical garden of the University of Göttingen in 1736. It can now be found right in the City of Göttingen on Untere Karspüle.

This is a place to simply relax or to study one of the 17.000 species of plants. The garden is open to the public every day between 8  and 18.30 o'clock geöffnet, the greenhouse between 8 and 15 o'clock.

Visit the website of the Old Botanical Garden

The University's collections

Antique sculptures of the Göttingen University's collection

Other than the Botanical Garden, there are the impressive collections with antique specimens of several Research Institutes in Göttingen, who publicly open their doors on sundays between 10 and 16 o'clock. 

During these "sunday walks", as the offer is called, you can for example visit the zoological museum or the collection of plaster stone molds of antique sculptures.

Visit the website of the university's collections

Where to go in Göttingen?

Gänseliesl at downtown Göttingen

Nightlife in Göttingen is dominated by students, but in general everybody can find rewarding activities for himself.

The Apex in Burgstraße offers cabaret, concerts and theater perfomances besides being a decent pub. Who loves more opulent theater perfomances will definitely find interesting shows in the Deutsches Theater, in the more independent Junges Theater or in the student's theater Theater im OP.

Find more tips in the magazine 37

Life and research in Goettingen