Top 10 Things You Have To Do in Goettingen, Germany

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Famous for the Goettingen University, the city of Goettingen is a charming city with quaint cafes, bars, and shops. If you are spending your holiday in Goettingen, there are several things you should not forget to put on your to-do list.

In this article, you can find the 10 things you absolutely have to do in the city, from exploring its history to its nature - there is so much that this charming city has to offer. Read on and plan your holiday, today!

1. Old Botanical Garden of Goettingen

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This historical garden, maintained by the University of Goettingen, is relaxing and perfect for an outing. It is close to the city centre and thus is easily accessible. The garden provides a very soothing and calming environment with its greenery and a walk here is very relaxing. Don’t miss out on the beauty and tranquillity found here.

Old Botanical Garden of Goettingen

Address: Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Website: Old Botanical Garden of Goettingen (in German)

2. Plesse Castle

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Situated in the north of Goettingen, Plesse Castle offers stunning views of the Leine valley. A visit to the castle ensures a great history lesson and will give you so much perspective on the rich historical background of Goettingen.

3. St Jacobi Kirche

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St. Jacobi Kirche Church is a must-see church for all, when in Goettingen. The paintings inside create optical illusions that are unique and not seen anywhere else. The church has a lot of history attached to it and you can soak it up along with the wonderful scene that meets your eyes here.

St Jacobi Kirche

Address: Jakobikirchhof 22, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

4. Breakout Goettingen

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Your vacation should not only be about visiting tourist-worthy sightseeing spots, taking some pictures and going home. There should be some thrills and activities involved that you will remember, always. Breakout Goettingen provides you with these thrills. This escape room locks you in and in order to get out, you have to solve the riddles and puzzles within 60 minutes. Solve the mystery and be the new Sherlock Holmes.

Breakout Goettingen

Address: Freight station, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

Duration: 60 minutes

Website: Breakout Goettingen (in German)

5. LaserSports Laser tag

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Add to the fun at LaserSports Lasertag, where you can play some team sports. Laser Tag is a fun game and you can enjoy it with your friends and family. The arena is well-equipped and there is comfortable seating available for all.

There are about 40 interactive arenas for you to play in, along with four base stations. You can also get free WiFi here. This is one fun activity you just cannot afford to ignore in Goettingen. A laser tag game guarantees fun and nothing less.

LaserSports Lasertag

Address: Willi-Eichler-Str. 1, 37079 Göttingen

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Fri: 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sat & Sun: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Website: LaserSports Lasertag (in German)

6. Wilhelm-Busch-Muehle

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If you are a person of literature, Wilhelm-Busch-Muehle is the place for you. It will give you all the historical facts about Wilhelm Busch, the German poet, humorist, illustrator and painter. You can learn about his inspiration and it is also a great place for the history buff as it contains a lot of historical information.

There is also a restored watermill and millhouse here. If these aren’t enough reasons to lure you, imagine walking in a peaceful garden enjoying the days of yesteryear. Wilhelm-Busch-Muehle provides it all.


Address: Mühlengasse 8, 37136 Ebergötzen, Germany

Opening Hours: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Website: Wilhelm-Busch-Muehle (in German)

7. Wiechert’sche Erdbebenwarte

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Are you fascinated by science and technology? Do earthquakes intrigue and interest you? Either way, you will love the knowledge you gain about earthquakes at Wiechert’sche Erdbebenwarte. This science museum boasts the oldest seismograph in the world that is still in working condition.

The tour is informative as well as exciting and impressive. You will see demonstrations of experiments and learn so much more about earthquakes. A visit is highly recommended.

Wiechert’sche Erdbebenwarte

Address: 180/182 , 37075 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Website: Wiechert’sche Erdbebenwarte, English pamphlet

8. Bismarckturm

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The Bismarcturm is a nice hiking half-day trip that you will enjoy. As you climb, you will be rewarded with wonderful views of Goettingen. The walk up to the tower is fascinating and enjoyable, even for children who will love running towards the tower. If you are a history buff, you will enjoy learning about the history behind the creation of this tower, as well as the 173 others that exist today in several parts of the world.


Address: Hainberg, Bismarckturm Göttingen, 37085 Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Opening Hours: April - Sept only. Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sat - Sun: 11:30 am - 6:00 pm

9. European Bread Museum

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This is another museum that you should not miss. This unique bread museum in Goettingen is dedicated to showcasing the 8000-year old history of bread, which is a staple food item for humans. The exhibition shows the A - Z of bread making, right from the history of bread, cereals, grains, and so much more - you will be left in awe.

European Bread Museum

Address: Göttinger Str. 7, 37136 Ebergötzen, Germany

Opening Hours: Tues - Sat: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and Sun: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Website: European Bread Museum (in German)

10. Nudelhaus

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With all these fun trips and activities, you are sure to be getting hungry. What better way to satiate your hunger than eating a delicious meal in a cosy environment? Nudelhaus offers scrumptious food at very affordable prices in an environment that is inviting and comfortable. Fancy a meal?


Address: Rote Straße 13, 37073 Göttingen

Contact: +49 551 44263

Website: Nudelhaus (in German)

Ready to live the German life?

While this is only the top 10 things you absolutely need to do in Goettingen, this quaint little city has so much more to offer. There is so much in store for you, all you have to do is get here and experience it all.

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