Sightseeing and Activities

Sightseeing in Göttingen on your own

If you are not planning to take any of the scheduled excursions and sightseeing tours, but would like to have a walk around in Göttingen, we recommend a walk on the “Wall” (ca. 3 km in total) that surrounds Göttingen’s historic centre. By walking along the “Wall” you will pass, for example, the old Botanical Garden and the German Theatre. Entering the old town, we recommend a visit to the Old Town Hall with the famous “Gänseliesel” in front. This is the bronze statue in front of the Old Town Hall, mounted in 1901. Every doctoral student of the University may kiss this symbol of Göttingen on the cheek after his or her dissertation defense. Near by is the Pauliner Church (inaugurated in 1331) and the Lichtenberghaus, where the famous mathematician, physicist and astronomer Georg Friedrich Lichtenberg lived from 1775-1799.

A short walk southeast of the old town is the Sternwarte. The astronomical Observatory was the workplace of Carl Friedrich Gauß, the famous mathematician, physician and astronomer.


Künstlerhaus  (Gotmarstraße 1, 37073 Göttingen): Dwelling-Artworks, created as a contribution to our congress; some of the artists exhibit in the vaulted basement of the Künstlerhaus; another part of the exhibit is on the congress site, Room 0.601 of the KWZ Building

On/Off: The Nobelprize and the Boundaries of Science: an exhibit of the central custodianship of the university, exploring the path of a recent Nobel Prize winner and larger issues concerning success and limitations of research. This is open Tue-Sun 12:00-16:00 in the Alte Mensa am Wilhelmsplatz 3. See

Sunday Walks in selected collections of the university: six of the scientific, historic and/or teaching collections of the university can be visited on Sunday from 10:00-16:00. As you won’t be able to see them all (they are dispersed throughout the city) we recommend the Ethnographic Collection (Theaterplatz) and the Musical Instrument Collection (Kurze Geismarstr. 1 –located in a beautiful old building which was also the first birthing house of Göttingen).  See

Städtisches Museum Göttingen (Ritterplan 7/8) – is currently undergoing renovations, only the rooms exhibiting ecclesiastical art can be viewed at the moment.


Badeparadies Eiswiese has several pools as well as a variety of saunas. Open Mon-Fri 10:00-22:30, Sat-Sun 09:00-22:30, you can get there with buses 91/92 and 61. See website:

Badehaus Luisenhall: a very special small oasis adjoining the Göttingen saline (the last in Europe that works with huge saltpans). Reservations are needed as only 6 people can use the small pool at once. You can go for just a 20-minute soak and rest (€16), or for 1.5 hours that also includes using the salt-steam-sauna (€20). The days are generally split for folks who prefer to undertake this in the nude or those with a swimsuit. The staff are not very conversant in English but helpful in explaining the routine with pictures J.  You can reach there on bus 41 or 42 from the train station. See further: