Freitag, 29. Januar 2010

Göttingen and the most-kissed girl in the world

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 Eduard Weber and Georg Gervinus.

Like 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.

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.

But these days are gone.

Now I'm in Göttingen...


...for two days.


Trying to capture some scenes with my camera off the beaten path.

* Deutschland halt's Maul *
* Germany shut up! *

Read and photographed, but no comment.


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  1. What a lovely statue in the historical town.

  2. Anonym31/1/10

    Well, i guess that there a few streets away is "Geissenpeter". A pic will be nice. :-)