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Sightseeing in Gottingen - what to see. Complete travel guide

Lower Saxony has many interesting places to visit and the university city of Gottingen is, without a doubt, one of them. It is situated in the southern part of the region. This is rather a small settlement that, thanks to a big number of students, always has many young people. Needless to say, Gottingen has an active town life. Having arrived here, you will immediately notice how hospitable and friendly Gottingen is. Everyone who has visited this city at least once leaves it with warm and pleasant memories. Do you want to know more about the culture of Gottingen? In this case, consider visiting this city in winter or during the first two summer months. The city hosts many interesting events and festivals at this time of the year.
First mentions of this German city date back to the 50s of the 10th century. German Kaiser Otto I visited the village of Gottingen in order to see the area. He liked the beneficial location of the settlement. After his visit, many noble people in the country found out about Gottingen. At that time, many trading routes passed through the village, and this fact, naturally, was speeding up the development of the region. Soon, the village became so big that it officially became a town. In the 12th century, Gottingen became an administrative center with its own management system.
For years, the town was developing and growing in size, successfully trading with other cities and countries. However, a sad event happened in Germany at the beginning of the 18th century. The country entered the Thirty Years' War that completely destroyed everything that local people were building for so many years. The town looked like it fell asleep. Only in the 30s of the 18th century, Georg August managed to “wake up” local people by establishing a university in Gottingen. The town started developing and recovering after the long war. Copyright
What landmarks should tourists see first in Gottingen? The Botanical Garden is the most beautiful place in the town. It was founded in the 18th century by Albrecht von Haller. Ever since its opening, people working in this garden have been trying to cultivate new species of plants and carefully learn about their properties. The first greenhouse appeared in the garden in the 19th century. Many rare plants from different parts of the world still grow in it. When World War II started, almost all plants in the greenhouse were destroyed.
However, despite so many problems, workers in the Botanic garden managed to restore the lost species and even add new plants to the collection. Nowadays, Gottingen is proud of its “green oases” because the town’s botanic garden is home to more than seventeen thousand plants, many of which are hard to see anywhere else. It is incredibly pleasant to take a stroll in the garden because it has such an impressive design that it feels like you are in some kind of a fairytale land with magic ponds and interesting flower compositions.
Do you want to take a look at the city from high above? In this case, don’t forget to include a visit to the Bismarck Tower to your to-do list. This building dates back to the 1800s. The tower was erected in the city forest in the western part of Gottingen. The building was an observation facility with a height of more than three hundred meters. The initial project got approval from Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor. Only when the country’s leader made positive feedback about the project, the building works started.
The tower is actually a combination of two adjacent towers, the height of which is twenty-one and thirty-one meters. The lower tower is hexagonal and the higher tower is round-shaped with a circular ladder. The official opening of the Bismarck Tower took place during a festive ceremony in June 1896. Nowadays, everyone can visit this historic landmark and see an exhibition dedicated to the legendary chancellor of Germany. In order to look at the town from above, you need to go up to a special observation area on the main tower.
Tourists and students in Gottingen enjoy visiting a popular fountain called “Mother Goose”. According to a local legend, if you kiss the stone girl, you will be lucky in the coming years, and students will pass their exams with good marks. For more than a century, people have been trying to kiss the monument or lay flowers to it hoping for good changes in their lives.
A journey to Gottingen usually starts from the nearby big cities, such as Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, and nearby Hannover. These cities have airports that accommodate flights from many European countries. After that, tourists can get on a train to Gottingen. The journey from Hannover will be the shortest – it takes only thirty-five minutes by train. Of course, it is possible to take a direct bus to this city from other European countries, but the journey will be very long and not very comfortable in this case. That is why it is better to fly to a large German city first and then buy bus tickets to this university town.

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Survived castles around Gottingen
♥   Castle 'Plesse Castle' , 7.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Gleichen' , 14.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ahlsburg' , 23.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Ludwigstein' , 24.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Grubenhagen Castle' , 26 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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National and city parks around Gottingen
♥   National Park 'Harz' , 49.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Hainich' , 62.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Kellerwald-Edersee' , 78.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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