Deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt in Göttingen:
Gottingen has been first mentioned in 953 by Emperor Otto I. Its rich history is still felt on its streets, both in the city and in the outskirts – the home for a few of the castles. The core of the old town, surrounded by the medieval rampart, harbors many well-preserved or restored buildings. The landmark of the town is the Gänseliesel. On top of the fountain on the marketplace in front of the old town hall this art nouveau figure, portraying no more than a girl herding her geese, is a favorite of new doctoral graduates. It is customary that these, having passed their examinations, festoon this maiden with flowers and give her bronze cheek a kiss. Thus she has become "the most kissed girl" in the world!
(Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799), was a charming, hunchbacked, lecherous hypochondriac. He graduated from the University of Göttingen and remained there as a professor for the rest of his life. His friends and admirers included Goethe, Kant and England's King George III. Lichtenberg taught chemistry, geology, physics, meteorology and astronomy. He had many ideas, an insatiable curiosity and wrote about art, philosophy, psychology, morality, but rarely brought books or inventions to completion. For science, therefore, he remains a mere historical footnote. But he is well remembered for thousands of creative aphorisms he jotted in his notebooks. )
Sightseeing(s) in and around:
Whatever you do during the day, it is at night that Göttingen's atmosphere comes into its own. Street cafés, cozy student pubs, bars and restaurants with menus ranging from home cooking to cosmopolitan cuisine invite you to spend a leisurely and relaxing evening - thanks to the large student population and young professionals who seldom move away from his/her hometown and even if there is little work available, they happily take on the jobs as in-store salespeople, waiters, librarians. And that adds a certain flavor to the town, which is very much loved by everyone around.
When in Germany, do as Germans do. Actually, this one is for Rome, but do taste some delicious, very German cuisine, Deutsche Küche. Otherwise, why be in Germany if not to try the really good Kartoffeln dishes at the Kartoffelhaus, Goetheallee 8, such as Kartoffelsuppe mit Gänsebruststreifen und frischem Majoran (potato soup with goose breast stripe and fresh marjoram) or a really saucy roasted duck with the sour cabbage at the Biewald restaurant. And always look for the Familie Raub, family-style restaurants. They serve the best beer draft and the best local dark bread, Schwartz Brot.
Lunch. There is nothing like a good roasted pheasant! Or anything with a pig, such as a delicious In honey baked sucking pig chop with coriander-cowardly salad, served by the Koch (Chief) himself at the Melange Restaurant. Or go to the Blaue Orange, where Wild pheasants-breast in sand thorn rose hip sauce with top cabbage and Röstkartoffeln will make you go wow-wow!
But again, there is nothing like self-serve and on-a-go food at the Weihnachtsmarkt, where there is a disturbingly wide selection of the sausages, wurst, that can only Mozart remember the names of (Bierschinken, Bierwurst, Blutwurst, Bockwurst, Bratwurst, Braunschweiger, Cervelat, Frankfurter, Knockwurst, Knackwurst, Wienerwurst, Weisswurst, just to name a few!), wide selection of potato dishes (Kartoffeln puffers, Pflaummen Kloesse, Mosel Kartoffeln and Bratkartolffen) and all you can eat of the sweets, from waffles to pancakes, from chocolate dipped fruits to all kinds of cookies. The range of goods on offer is overwhelming and satisfies all desires.
Among other Christmas-Market foods to enjoy are the very special of: Glühwein (Hot Spiced Wine), Hot Chocolate, Hot Fruit Punch, Sausages (all sorts,) Knobibrot Lebkuchen (Gingerbread,) Marzipan, Sauteed Mushrooms With Various Sauces, Potato Pancakes, Gulasch, Roasted Chestnuts and Almonds, Chocolate Dipped Fruits, Baked potatoes loaded with whatever you want, Pfannekuchen (crepes,) Bratkartolffen (fried potatoes). Guten Appetit!
What Should You Do?
Uncensored Traveler “Göettingen Must-Dos”:
Historic tour of the medieval town wall, a home to magnificent churches and timbered houses from 14th to 18th century.
If not to kiss, then at least take a photo with the Gottingen’s landmark – the Gänseliesel statue. Become one of the many who kissed the “most kissed girl in the world”!
For the official guide to the city of Gottingen, visit Gottingen tourism site.