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Göttingen is situated to the South of the federal state of Lower Saxony. The river Leine flows once straight through the district from the South to the North. The Georg-August-Universität is the largest in the federal state. This University and two others amount to around 20% of the inhabitants. There are also some tourist attractions which date from the around the 800 year old history. Several green spaces top off the feel-good factor in Göttingen.
The central position in the middle of Germany makes the journey to Göttingen relatively easy. If travelling by car, you can reach the town from the A 7 or the B 3 and B 27. ICE connections also call at the main railway station in Göttingen. If you want to travel to Göttingen by plane, the airport in Hannover is within the closest proximity. The distance to the town centre is around 130 km.
Göttingen is split up into 18 urban districts. There are also 9 villages as part of this. Giesmar is the district with the most inhabitants, there are currently more than 18.000. The district is located at the very south of the town borders and it has a relatively low proportion of students. The rental price is more expensive than in other parts of the town. It is predominantly elderly people who reside here, the average age lies at 44 years old.
The A 7 passes directly through Grone. The motorway separates Grone Süd from the rest of the district. It is exactly here where a socially troubled area developed in the last few years but it is something that the town is actively addressing. This residential area should become attractive again due to the many projects.
In the quest for tourist attractions, you should first go and visit the town centre in Göttingen. There are a few attractions worth seeing around the market square. It is in the market square itself where the landmark of Göttingen can be found, the Gänseliesel-Brunnen. This is a figure of a „goose girl“ who is enthroned above the fountain. The figure is a replica and the original can be found in the museum. In the market square you should also go and see the alte Rathaus „old town hall“. The Gothic building dates back from the year 1270 but it was extended, refurbished and modernised in several stages. Since 1978 when the new town hall was obtained, the old town hall was merely used for representative purposes, civil weddings still take place in the old building. The market place is surrounded by several Fachwerkhäusern „half-timbered houses“. They all dated back from the time between the 13th and the 19th Centuries. The half-timbered house in the Rote Straße 25 originates from the year 1276 and it is the third oldest in the whole of Germany.
If you are on the corner of the Marktplatz / Kornmarkt, you should look out for a tile on the floor. If you stand in this exact position, you can look in every direction and you will see a church. The St. Jacobi Kirche is another landmark of Göttingen and in particular because the 72 meter high church tower can already be seen from afar. The evangelical church was built in the Gothic style between 1361 and 1433. When you go inside, you should take a look at the three-winged altar which can tell you a story or two.
You should visit the Städtische Museum Göttingen if you want to find out more about the history of the town. Afterwards, you will know everything there is to know about the historical and cultural history of the town. The exhibition shows you several exhibits from the first settlement in the town to our present day. A main theme is occupied by the importance of the Georg-August-Universität and how it changed the town. The building dates from the year 1592 and it is one of the only preserved aristocratic estates in the town.
Every Sunday, you are free to go and look at the painting and sculpture collection at the Universität Göttingen. There are 300 paintings, 2500 drawings, 15000 graphic prints and 100 sculptures to see here. The majority of the exhibits are gifts, only a few were bought. There are also works from Dürer and Rembdrant included in this, real treasures of art. The art collection in the university is also the oldest teaching collection in the whole of Germany.
At the Barfüßerstraße 5, you will find one of the oldest wine cellars in Germany. The Junkernschänke is located in a half-timbered house from the 15th Century. The menu is diverse. Alongside classic German dishes such as pork medallions, you can also opt for one of the many international dishes. For a reasonable sum of 13.50 euros you can get a cheeseburger, a Wiener Schnitzel or a steak platter with 5 steaks.
You are sure to find simple cuisine without having to sacrifice style at the Restaurant Schinderhannes. Freshly prepared dishes with regional ingredients are sure to be found here. There is a separate schnitzel menu for which you will pay no more than 12.80 euros including fresh side orders.
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