Göttingen, situated in the middle of Germany, right between the Harz mountains and the Weser river, is well known for its University. The institution´s fame is enhanced by its 45 Nobel Prize Winners.
The historic city center, enclosed by the remains of the mediaeval town wall, is home to magnificent churches and half - timbered houses dating from the 14th to the 18th century. The university, with its Classicist main building in the city centre, dominates the cityscape and is a source of local pride. It also features the city's emblem in the form of the Goose Girl, an Art Nouveau figure located in front of the Old Town Hall and also known as the darling of the just-graduated doctoral students, it is customary for them to kiss the statue on the cheek upon receiving their degree.
Besides a rich intellectual life, Göttingen also offers culture of the highest degree. The rich cultural life of Göttingen, offering theatres, orchestras, museums and large events, evokes interest well beyond the city boundaries. The absolute highlight on the cultural calendar is the International Handel Festival, held every year in early summer. Those looking for something a bit quieter can view the Ethnological Collection or attend any of the exhibitions at the city's other major museums. They could even go to the Old Botanical Garden. Established in 1736, it is one of the university's oldest treasures and is home to several must-see historical greenhouses. The scenic surrounding countryside invites nature explorations and excursions.
Its multicultural atmosphere is created by its students and people from all over the world alike. Visitors appreciate the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this vibrant city.