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Living in Göttingen

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

Göttingen Campus

The Göttingen Campus incorporates eight local non-university research institutes as well as the University of Göttingen and the Medical Department and is complemented by associated business enterprises. 

This partnership relies on the voluntary commitment to promote shared interests of the also spatially closely associated institutes. Here you find a compilation of the current events happening under the umbrella of the the Göttingen Campus. 


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. In summer (March to October) the garden is open to the public every day between 8 am  and 6:30 pm, in winter (November to February) from 8 am to 4 pm.

Visit the website of the Old Botanical Garden

The University's collections

Antique sculptures of the Göttingen University's collection

Th University of Göttingen keeps one of the most considerable scientific collections. Together, more than 30 distinct locations on the Göttingen Campus build a diverse, interdisciplinary treasure:

This includes artefacts from the fields of archeology and zoology as well as astro-physical instruments and living cell cultures of the algae collection. Many of the collections are open to interested visitors.

Visit the website of the university's collections

Where to go in Göttingen?

Gänseliesl at downtown Göttingen

The buzzing student city offers a diverse selection of events and activities including theater, cabaret, town fairs and sports events all year round.

Have a look here to get an overview of the current events and browse through the programs of the local theaters and cinemas. If you would like to go for a stroll through the city center to discover the night life (cafes, pubs, bars, clubs) here is a list of ideas where to start.


A tour through Göttingen

The "Göttingen Digital Tour" shows more interesting places and sights.