The city of Goettingen (Göttingen) is located southern Lower Saxony in Germany, making it the geographical centre of the country. It is well connected by all means of public transport with popular German cities, such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Hannover and Hamburg being only a two-hour train ride away.
Of the 134,000 inhabitants, 28,000 are students. Goettingen is a city devoted to research and science. Besides hosting the university, five Max Planck Institutes and other scientific institutions, such as the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center can be found in the city. More than forty Nobel Prize winners are linked to having pursued their research career while living in Goettingen.
The city centre is compact and many places are in walking distance to each other. Goettingen was founded in the Middle Ages and many of its houses are reminiscent of that time, leaving a city centre that is compact with numerous places within walking distance of one another. It is well known for its impressive churches and town buildings, the traditional Old Town Hall, its Botanical Garden and, of course “Gänseliesel”, a bronze statue of a girl that receives kisses from freshly graduated doctoral students.
To find out more about Goettingen, go to the University’s city portrait or the official city Goettingen homepage.
UGOE’s International Office also provides information for international students.