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Forest in Göttingen

Göttinger Wald

Göttinger Wald is one of the best mixed forest stands of predominantly beech and oak in the region. It’s easily reached by following Herzberger Landstrasse east from the centre of town to the point near where it for…
Historic Building in Göttingen

Altes Rathaus

Built in 1270, the Old Town Hall once housed the merchants’ guild. Inside, later decorations added to its Great Hall include frescos of the coats of arms of the Hanseatic cities and local bigwigs, grafted onto histo…
Music in Göttingen

International Händel Festival

Lovers of baroque music, in particular that of adopted Briton George Friedric Händel, flock to Göttingen for this extravaganza, held in mid-May. Running since 1920, it's grown to incorporate a kids' festival and a p…
Museum in Göttingen

Städtisches Museum

This lovely four-storey fachwerk house, where Johannes Brahms stayed in the summer of 1853, is home to an interesting series of exhibits on Göttingen's long and lofty history. Special exhibitions on subjects such as…
Cafe in Göttingen

Cron & Lanz

This ornate Viennese-style cafe is Göttingen’s dignified haunt for connoisseurs of Sahnetorten (cream cakes), Obsttorten (fruit tarts) and other calorie bombs. It's also a good bet for breakfast (until 2pm), offerin…
German in Göttingen

Kleiner Ratskeller

The bulging, uneven walls and weathered half-timbering of this historic inn signal its venerable status, even before you learn that it's been serving food and beer since 1738 (the building itself is much older than …
German in Göttingen

Zum Szultenburger

This traditional German pub does things to the humble schnitzel that will make your mouth water, while the Rindergulasch mit Spätzle (beef goulash with hand-dropped noodles) is just the ticket in cold weather. It's …
Theatre in Göttingen

Junges Theater

Founded in reaction to mainstream theatre in the 1950s, Göttingen’s Junges Theater has long since professionalised, and enjoys a high reputation throughout Germany. It was one of the first theatres in the country to…
Live Performance in Göttingen

Apex

Started as a cabaret and culture venue in 1971, Apex offers the perfect combination of art gallery, performance venue and restaurant. The food (served 6pm to 10.30pm Monday to Saturday) is better than ever here, sin…
German in Göttingen

Nudelhaus

Carb-lovers are spoiled for choice at this ever-popular eatery, which specialises in house-made pasta, often sauced with slightly wacky creations (such as green tagliatelle with chicken and coconut curry). There's a…