City of GöttingenThere are many reasons for studying in Göttingen - its small but modern atmosphere, its international flair, its unique and secure character, and, of course, its renowned university which belongs to the ten biggest in Germany and with its 13 different faculties is also one of the most diversified in the country. Of its 130.000 inhabitants about one fourth are university students. All institutes and research facilities can be easily and safely reached by public transportation or by bicycle within minutes. Conveniently located cafeterias and student apartments help to reduce living costs to about 600 Euros per month.
Culture, sports, recreationGöttingen offers a broad range of cultural events. Music and theatre play a prominent part of the cities cultural life with a varied program of plays and a wide range of music from symphonic concerts to jazz festivals. Yearly highlights include the "Old Town Festival", a huge celebration at which dozens of bands give open air concerts; the Marksmen Festival with its 600 years of tradition; the Spring and Autumn Festivals, and the Christmas Market.
As far as leisure and recreation is concerned, Göttingen offers a variety of activities and sports. Around Göttingen, hills and valleys dominate the countryside and provide ample opportunity for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and cross country skiing. Several national parks and medieval towns such as Duderstadt, Hann. Münden, Einbeck, or Goslar are nearby and invite for a visit.
HistoryGöttingen's sister cities are Cheltenham in England, Torun in Poland, and Pau in France. The city of Göttingen was first mentioned in 953 as "Gutingi", when Kaiser Otto I presented the village to the Moritz Monastery in Magdeburg. A market settlement grew up near the village and took over its name; it was granted the town charter in 1210. As an important commercial center between 1351 and 1572 it was a member of the Hanseatic League. With the fall of the Luteran Schmalkaldic League to which Göttingen belonged and the following "Thirty Years War", the city became a sleepy country town. In 1734, George II, Elector of Hannover, gave the town new life by founding Göttingen university. Göttingen has continued to blossom into the lively city with an international flair which it represents now.
If you want to take a virtual trip through Göttingen or learn more about the town's history, the famous Gänseliesel, or the "Göttingen Seven", you find the details on Göttingen's website.