Cool and unusual places to see during your studies in Gottingen
An international study experience comes with a lot of benefits. Whether it’s being in a new country, learning a new language, or finding a great job, studying abroad is both an adventure and a gateway to an international career.
Göttingen is a green, very colourful and diverse city in the southernmost part of Lower Saxony in Germany. It’s quite busy and full of students which makes it very easy for newcomers to settle. More than a fourth of the population are students (around 35,000), around 4,000 are international students. The young and vibrant atmosphere is what makes Göttingen such a popular destination for studying. If you’re looking for this kind of a place, and are studying management, then Göttingen is the city for you! Studying management at PFH comes with a job guarantee and students often get jobs at one of the many corporate partners, such as Continental and PwC with offices in Hannover, an hour away from Göttingen.
Apart from being a hub for international students, Göttingen is quite the charming city. Here are some of the many cool and unusual places you can see there.
Sitting atop the old town well in front of the old town hall is Gänseliesel, the Goose Girl. It is a statue of a young girl and her geese, and is the most celebrated icon of Göttingen that even has her own festival each year. Gänseliesel might be the most kissed girl in the world since it is believed that if you bring her flowers and kiss her, good luck will follow you.
2. Plesse Castle
Only about 10 minutes north of Göttingen you can find a beautiful castle built in the 12th century. Plesse Castle has a lot of history behind it, but in the 17th century, it became a ruin and was left to deteriorate for the next 200 years before a restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. You can go on tour of the buildings, come up to admire the view, eat at the restaurant, or even attend a concert or play in the summer.
3. Wiechert Earthquake Station
Göttingen is home to the world’s oldest seismograph and a four-ton steel ball that makes its own earthquakes. The station is named after Emil Johann Wiechert who, in 1989, became the world’s first professor of geophysics. The most popular of all the instruments in the station is the Mintrop Ball named by one of Wiechert’s students. In 1908, Mintrop had a steel scaffolding constructed at the earthquake station from which he could drop a four-ton steel ball onto the ground 14 meters below. He became the first man to produce sizable earthquakes.
4. St. Jacobi
A three-nave Gothic hall church, the construction of St. Jacobi began in 1361 and was completed in 1433. The tower, crested by a white Baroque dome, is the tallest structure in the old town, standing at 72 metres. The most interesting part about this church is the central nave and the choir. The Gothic winged altarpiece is remarkable and dates back to 1402. Unusual are the geometric patterns in red on the church’s pillars. They are actually from the Renaissance and were rediscovered during a restoration.
5. Altes Rathaus
Göttingen’s old town hall was first constructed in 1270 and served more than 700 years as the city’s administrative centre. For the past 40 years the building has held Göttingen’s tourist office, while its spectacular main hall is hired out for weddings. The beams in the ceiling go back to the 1400s, but the frescoes on the walls are a little newer than they seem and were painted in the 1880s in a Romantic style by Hermann Schaper. They represent everyday moments from Renaissance Göttingen, like beggars receiving alms, a court scene and a merchant paying tax.
Göttingen is, without a doubt, a city rich with history, enclosed by the remains of the mediaeval town wall, with authentic half-timbered houses dating from the 14th to the 18th century. A very convenient thing is that all places of interest are at most a leisurely ten-minute walk away. Not only is Göttingen rich with history, it also has a rich cultural life, with theatres, orchestras, museums and large events that evoke interest well beyond the city boundaries.
We hope you enjoyed reading our list and learning something new about Göttingen. If you’re still in the phase of considering where to study in Germany, take a look at our masters in General Management, with a campus located in Göttingen. At PFH we make sure that you enjoy your student life while studying!