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Cozy cafés, unique items from the goldsmith and fair trade made in Göttingen - the university city in Lower Saxony is not only characterized by education and research, it is also distinguished by a lively city center with a varied range of gastronomy, art and literature. Despite its more than 115,000 inhabitants, the city exudes a charming coziness, which may be due in part to its many half-timbered houses. Highlights include the Old Town Hall and the statue of the Gänseliesel in front of it, St. John's Church and the German Theater. In addition, Göttingen with the Stadtwall, the green belt around the old city, Schillerwiesen and its numerous parks. It's especially beautiful there in the fall - five tips for your city trip.


Art and literature

Art lovers should definitely also look through the Nikolai Quarter stroll. Göttingen's creative and multicultural district is home not only to the Literary Center, but also to the Kunsthaus Göttingen, which will not open until June 2021 and hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary international art. The Nikolaiviertel is increasingly developing into an art quarter, where the creative potential of the city unfolds.

Literary fans love Göttingen in the fall, because since 1992, the ten-day Literature Autumn will take place. Lower Saxony's largest literature festival features numerous readings and lectures by international authors. This festival of contemporary literature offers numerous events at a wide variety of venues - this year with celebrities such as Heinz Strunk, Frank Schätzing, Judith Hermann, Jonathan Franzen and Sabine Rückert, among others. The venues include venerable buildings such as the Deutsches Theater, the Old City Hall and the Paulinerkirche. In addition, the Literary center offers a varied fall program with exciting public discussions about literature.


Food and drink

It is not only the British who know how to drink tea. In southern Lower Saxony, too, people know how to drink their way through bad weather and appreciate the culture of tea. In the city center of Göttingen, for example, you will find traditional Tea ShopsTip: It is worth sweetening your visit to Göttingen with autumnal tea creations in the owner-operated tea stores. And of course, all teas also taste good on fair-weather days. And what goes better with tea than sweet pastries?
Whether juicy cakes, the finest tarts or handmade chocolates - in the Cafés, pastry shops and patisseries lovers of sweet delicacies will quickly find what they are looking for. For example, at Cron & Lanz, a classic coffee house with over 140 years of tradition, whose Baumkuchen has achieved national fame.


Autumn walks

Göttingen not only impresses with its extensive cultural and culinary offerings, but also attracts visitors with numerous green corners that invite them to relax. Even if the golden autumn sun should take a little breather in the meantime, it is worth exploring Göttingen's nature. For example, the Göttingen Forest nature reserve, which is characterized by extensive lime beech forests, the Old Botanical Garden in the middle of the city center, which presents itself in its most beautiful colors from October, the Wall, Göttingen's green belt, the landscape garden Schillerwiese or the park area of the City cemeteryIts imposing avenue of plane trees is a real highlight in the fall. Tip: The cemetery is not only home to the resting places of numerous Nobel Prize winners, but also offers a cultural gem in the form of the Torhaus Gallery. Exhibitions, readings and concerts are held here regularly.


Wellness and shopping

After the relaxation is before the city stroll (or vice versa): If you enjoy small, owner-operated stores and good advice, Göttingen is the place to be. Whether Unique pieces from goldsmith, well sorted Fabric stores, fair trade stores like Contigo or fancy Boutiques - in the side streets of the city you will find individual, sustainably produced products and certainly one or the other beautiful souvenir or personal favorite piece!
Incidentally, the popular Luisenhaller deep salt also comes from Göttingen. This is a salt that is produced in the Luisenhall Salt Works is produced from natural brine using ancient technology and is used not only for seasoning in fine cuisine, but also in spas and indoor swimming pools. Among them also in the in-house Bathhouse with natural brine bath - a wellness oasis that invites you to relax on uncomfortable autumn days. Today, the saltworks themselves are a living industrial monument that as part of a guided tour visits can be.


Excursions in the surroundings

Anyone stopping off in Göttingen should also visit the Hardenberg castle ruins - thanks to the castle park with its pond, meadows and old trees, it almost looks like something out of a fairy tale. The castle ruins are about 20 minutes by car or ten minutes by train from Göttingen. Tip: Since the year 1700, the Hardenberg Distillery spirits are produced. Among them is "Von Hallers Gin," which is flavored with herbs from the Old Botanical Garden in Göttingen. For those interested, there are regular guided tours with tasting.
One of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the district of Göttingen is also the Plesse castle. From the top, you have a wide view of the surrounding countryside - on a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of the Brocken mountain in the Harz mountains. The castle tavern is also a restaurant on the premises, which offers, among other things, selected seasonal specialties. Celebrities such as Wilhelm Busch and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have visited the historic site in the past, and the Brothers Grimm were also here. Just like a fairy tale.

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