Göttingen is widely known for its renowned university, whose scientific fame is enhanced by more than 40 Nobel Prize winners, among others. City travelers appreciate the good transport connections and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the lively city, where students and international guests characterize the street scene.
More than 1000 years of city history have left their mark. Göttingen's old town, surrounded by the almost completely preserved ramparts, is home to imposing churches, impressive university buildings and many restored half-timbered houses. The city's landmark is the Gänseliesel on the market fountain in front of the Old Town Hall. Actually just a poor girl tending her geese, the Art Nouveau figure has long been the favorite of all newly graduated doctors. They press a kiss on her bronze cheek - as is the custom - after they have passed their exams, thus making her the "most kissed girl in the world".
The city's rich cultural life with theaters, museums, orchestras and numerous cabaret events arouses interest far beyond the city limits throughout the year. The biggest musical event is the Handel Festival in early summer, which is a special experience with renowned artists. Other highlights in the calendar of events are the Night of Culture and the Göttingen Summer with cabaret, open air and theater performances. In autumn, the Göttingen Literature Autumn, Lower Saxony's international literature festival, and the Göttingen Jazz Festival attract visitors. The pre-Christmas period is marked by the Christmas market around the Old Town Hall with its packed cultural program.
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