Questions About Gottingen, Germany

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1. Posted by Planeterium (Budding Member 20 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

Hey Guys,

Just a quick question, does anyone live in Gottingen or been there? Would like some tips or advice regarding this city in Germany as my friend is going there soon for an exchange program and he's clueless about the place. Anything would be useful! Attractions, nightlife, convenience, etc

2. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 374 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

First of all: the spelling. The name of the city is Göttingen, or, alternative spelling, Goettingen. The dots on the ö may not simply be omitted but must be substituted by inserting an extra e.

Using the correct spelling will take your friend to the websites of
Göttingen university: (English version)
Göttingen tourist office: (English version)
and the official website of the city: (German only)
All these contain a load of information.

Göttingen is one of those historical university cities which are of medium size but have a large student population and are widely dominated by their university in all aspects of public life. The presence of some 30,000 university students certainly guarantees a decent nightlife. The old town has preserved half-timbered houses, cobblestone alleys - the full "old world" picture. The nearby Harz mountains offer all kinds of outdoor activities, and due to its location on major ICE lines, weekend getaways to more or less anywhere in the country are easy.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Mar-2018, at 15:10 by Kathrin_E ]

3. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

As Kathrin already mentioned, some of the old towns around that area are out of this world, fantastically preserved. As for the Harz mountain (well... hill) area: Wernigerode, Quedlinburg are very nice historic towns too. A great hike is the Bodetal walk from Thale to Treseburg or vice versa. Some places are still connected with trains with steam locs. This link will give an idea.

The best beer-cooked stew in Germany: Bräuhaus Lüdde in Quedlinburg. It's an old, still active brewery, partly turned into restaurant/pubfood type of place. Reserve in advance because it's very popular with locals from the whole area.

4. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 374 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

For more old-world towns within easy reach, let me also throw in Duderstadt, Einbeck the beer town, Goslar with its World Heritage sites, Hannoversch Münden, Mühlhausen.

If your friend wants some big city escapes in between, Kassel and Hannover are close. Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt are all reachable in 2 - 2.5 hours by train. The railway line through Göttingen is shared by two of the most important fast train routes, namely Hamburg - Munich and Basel/Frankfurt - Berlin, thus most of the country is within reach.

5. Posted by Planeterium (Budding Member 20 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Terrific, thanks so much guys! Really appreciate all the info provided :)

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 894 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

If you are having trouble typing the ö if you have a PC (don't know about MAC), you can hold down the CTRL and FN keys while typing 0246 and you will get the ö

If you don't have a laptop, instead of CTRL / FN, you can use the ALT key.

7. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 113 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Let's not forget that Kassel (15min by ICE high-speed train) is also a UNESCO world heritage site and has a lovely hillside park with spectacular water features between May and October. There's also a pretty new Brothers Grimm museum as well as the highly interesting and slightly morbid Museum of Sepulchral Culture.
Then again, Gottingen's old town is much more beautiful than Kassel's centre as the latter was completely destroyed in WWII.
Your friend picked a good place - you should definitely visit them there!