Göttingen Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner

Learning German in Göttingen

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Historical city center, Händel festival, student life: The university city in Lower Saxony has a lot to offer. Learn German in Göttingen – and discover the city of science! #goethegoettingen

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The Goethe-Institut Göttingen is conveniently located and easily accessible near the city center. Shops for everyday purchases, the central dining facility of the University of Göttingen and the main station are within easy walking distance.

Facilities and services

  • nine modern classrooms
  • interactive whiteboards
  • media resource center
  • WLAN
  • lounge
  • terrace
  • access to university dining facility if desired
  • medical insurance (optional)
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Göttingen, the city of science

  • Old City Hall Photo: Goethe-Institut
  • Stadtpanorama Göttingen Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lars Gerhardts
  • Bahnhof Göttingen Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lars Gerhardts
  • Weenderstrasse pedestrian precinct Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lars Gerhardts
  • Fahrradmetropole Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • University Great Hall Photo: Göttingen Tourismus
  • Stadtfest Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • Villenvorstadt Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • Deutsches Theater Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lars Gerhardts
  • Goethe-Allee Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lars Gerhardts
  • Paulinerstraße Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lars Gerhardts
  • Jüdenstraße Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lars Gerhardts
  • Music Festival Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • Studentenclub Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • Stadtpark Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • Wassersportstadt Göttingen Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • Seenlandschaft Photo: Arne Bänsch
  • Old Mill on the Leine Canal Photo: Göttingen Tourismus
  • Landschaft um Göttingen Photo: Arne Bänsch

Göttingen is a smallish, but very charming city. It is located in the south of Lower Saxony and very central in Germany. Göttingen is a typical German university city with 30,000 students, who make up a quarter of the population. Many famous scholars have taught here, from the Brothers Grimm to Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg. The Georg-August-University can be proud of more than 40 Nobel Prize winners. The Old Town with its half-timbered houses is worth seeing and very cozy. Impressive churches, beautiful town houses from the late 19th century, venerable university buildings and the Old Botanical Garden from 1736 characterize the cityscape.

The heyday of Göttingen as a trading hotspot and Hanseatic city can be felt at every corner. Education, research and science are characteristic of Göttingen. Four institutes of the Max Planck Society, the German Aerospace Center, the University, a private University and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts contribute to Göttingen being a city "that creates knowledge".
 

Culture

Several theaters, many clubs, a symphony orchestra, cabaret and a lively free arts scene characterize the city's cultural landscape. Numerous festivals, such as the Händel Festival, founded in 1920, contribute to the attractiveness of the city. Jazz, rock, church music and modern classical music make up Göttingen's musical culture. The Literary Autumn brings internationally renowned authors to the city. High German is spoken in Göttingen: perfect for learning the language!

Leisure

Parks, lakes and forests in the hilly landscape around Göttingen are inviting you to many excursions. The Harz Mountains are easily accessible by train. Göttingen is a very sporty city for active people and spectators. Basketball is very popular. The bicycle is present everywhere. In the center, there are clubs, cafés and pubs. There is always something going on at the university campus and on weekends, there are many parties.

German courses in Göttingen

 
Ann, 33 course participant from the US Photo: Goethe-Institut Frankfurt

I used to find learning German really difficult and I tried lots of different things. But on the language course at the Goethe-Institut, I suddenly started making rapid progress.

Ann, 33 course participant from the US

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