Göttingen, Germany

Rail Guide to Göttingen


Göttingen has an impressive cultural pedigree. Many notable people from the worlds of physics, mathematics and science were born here, including three Nobel prize winners. The university was founded in 1737 and specialises in physics and chemistry; it is part of the reason why around half the population of Göttingen is under the age of 35. Visitors can stroll through the Institute of Ethnology to see the collection of explorer James Cook (who 'discovered' the Cook Islands), the Institute of Archaeology, one of the many theatres or the alternative Lumiere cinema.

As befitting a busy student city there is no shortage of pubs, bars and restaurants, but don’t forget to wander round the old town and find the statue of the Gänseliesel, or “goose girl”, Göttingen’s muse.

One other point of note is that those who were raised in Göttingen are considered to have the most correct German in terms of pronunciation and dialect, so anyone trying to learn the language could do much worse than spend some time soaking it in here!