Did you know that Göttingen is one of the oldest university towns of Germany? Did you know that the most popular transport vehicle here is a bicycle? Well ...there are lots of things to find out about Germany and Göttingen!
Göttingen is a nice college town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Göttingen. In 2006 the population was 129,686.There is a small river which runs through the town called the Leine.
The origins of Göttingen lay in a village called Gutingi. This village was first mentioned in a document in 953. The city was founded between 1150 and 1200 to the northwest of this village and adopted its name. In medieval times the city was a member of the Hanseatic League and hence a wealthy town. Landmark Gänseliesel fountain at the main market.
Today Göttingen is famous for its old university (Georgia Augusta, or "Georg-August-Universität"), which was founded in 1737 and became the most visited university of Europe. In 1837 seven professors protested against the absolute sovereignty of the kings of Hanover; they lost their offices, but became known as the "Göttingen Seven". They include some well-known celebrities: the Brothers Grimm, Heinrich Ewald, Wilhelm Weber and Georg Gervinus. Also, German chancellors Otto von Bismarck and Gerhard Schröder went to law school at the Göttingen university. Karl Barth had his first professorship here. Some of the most famous mathematicians in history, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Bernhard Riemann and David Hilbert were professors at Göttingen.
Symbol of Göttingen: Gänseliesl/Goose GirlLike other university towns, Göttingen has developed its own folklore. On the day of their doctorate, postgraduate students are drawn in handcarts from the Great Hall to the Gänseliesel-Fountain in front of the Old Town Hall. There they have to climb the fountain and kiss the statue of the Gänseliesel (Goose girl). This practice is actually forbidden by law, but the law is not at all enforced. She is considered to be the most-kissed girl in the world. The impressive lion statues which stand nearby at the steps of the town hall are celebrated in Stephen Clackson’s Märchen "Die Traurigen Löwen von Göttingen"  set eight years after the foundation of the University.
Nearly untouched by Allied bombing in World War II (the informal understanding during the war was that Germany wouldn't bomb Cambridge and Oxford and the Allies wouldn't bomb Heidelberg and Göttingen), the inner city of Göttingen is now an attractive place to live with many shops, cafes and bars. For this reason, many university students live in the inner city and give Göttingen a young face. In 2003, 45% of the inner city population was only between 18 and 30 years of age.
Economically, Göttingen is noted for its production of optical and fine mechanical machinery, including the light microscopy division of Carl Zeiss, Inc. — the region around Göttingen advertises itself as "Measurement Valley". Unemployment in Göttingen was at 12.6% (2003).
Göttingen has two professional basketball teams; both the men's and women's teams play in the Basketball-Bundesliga. For the 2007/2008 season both teams will play in the 1st division.
You are expected to work 5 days a week for a whole month. Usually there are other students on the ward with you. To be able to work it’s necessary to bring a proof of your foreign health-insurance with you!!! Don´t forget to bring a white coat and stethoscope with you.
These are our projects:
- Psychiatry: Treatment of Alzheimers disease
- Pathology: Research on stromal tumors, colon cancer and kidney cancer using the methodes CGH and RT-PCR
- Neurology: Scientific aspects and treatment of Neurodegeneration, neuronal repair, dementia, prion deseases and multiple sclerosis
There are local busses, but we will try to supply you with a student-like bicycle.
To get around in Germany use the good train system. Göttingen´s railway station at the west of the city centre is on Germany's main north-south railway. Traveling by train is quite expensive so if you have some travel plans already before coming to Germany check the special offers or try to purchase an Interrail-Ticket. For further informations please visit the main page of Germany.
- Tower of Jacobichurch: Wonderfull view over Goettingen
- Botanic Garden
- Kiessee: Nice lake where you can have nice barbecues
- Castle Plesse (1h trip with the bike)