Göttingen in June: Things to do, culture, events

When I went to bed last Friday, I had a huge list in my mind of all the things I wanted to accomplish on Saturday. This included, but was not limited to, visiting the farmer’s market to buy groceries for the week, going for a run, vacuuming my apartment, folding my laundry and going to the garden to plant more vegetables. And all of this was supposed to happen before 3 p.m. since I had a BBQ to attend.

Needless to say, I didn’t manage. Not only did I not manage to complete my list, I didn’t manage to do nearly any of the things I had planned. I lost motivation. More precisely, the moment I realized that I couldn’t finish everything in time, my body simply shut down and refused to do anything for the first three hours of the day.

This ‘giving-up-before-getting-started’ phenomenon isn’t new to me, and it’s something I’ve also often observed in regard to other scenarios. For example, let’s say you hear about all these amazing things to do in Göttingen this month, plan to go to twenty events, realize you have no time left over for going to twenty events, throw in the towel, watch Netflix and remain uncultured for another month.

Since I don’t want this to happen to you, I decided to share a short (but sweet) list of things to do in Göttingen this month. Let’s make a pact to attend just one of them.


Good things start today: the annual Göttinger Weinfest is taking place this year from May 30th until June 1st at Waageplatz. Grab a friend, go outside and enjoy the (hopefully) beautiful weather. Act as if you’re not a poor PhD student as you pretentiously sip the best that wineries have to offer this year, and pretend to tell the difference between a fruity and earthy taste.

After last year’s summer the result can only be great! You can buy wine from 10:00 to 23:00 every day.

Nacht der Kultur

On the 15thof June Göttingen is celebrating the Nacht der Kultur” (Culture night). You should definitely spend this Saturday downtown since there are multiple attractions planned (overall there are going to be 26 stages/event sites!).

Among the events are a Chill-lounge at Kornmarkt, several Open-air concerts (including a concert of the Göttinger Symphony at 20:00 at Marktplatz, and a DJ-stage at the Paulinerkirche), and a crafts-market in Burgstraße.

This event truly offers something for everyone, and the best of all it’s all completely free! Here is the link to the program. Make sure to check it out before.


Last but not least I’d recommend you check out Göttingen’s Unikino (screening of relatively new movies, often in original version, in the great lecture halls). In June there will be screenings of VenomBad Times at the El Royale, Spider-ManMary Poppins returnsAnt-Man and the WaspCrazy Rich Asians and Aquaman (all of these in English).

Movies are only 2€ plus an additional 50 cents per semester. They also sell affordable snack and drinks (1€ for soda or beer) but you can also bring your own! Either check out their official homepage here, or visit their Facebook page.

I hope I’ve encouraged you to try one of these things this month, and to experience (if only for a short evening) a life outside of your lab.

Have a happy June and let us know how you liked it and what other cool things you experienced!

Ronja Markworth

PhD candidate, Neuroscience, University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG)

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