Göttingen in July: Things to do, culture, events

Welcome back to things to do in Göttingen!

Last month I decided to take some of my own advice and actually venture out into the world of a social life outside of the lab. I made plans with friends (yes, they were PhD students, but we do live in a bubble after all) to go to the international Pub-quiz at the Irish Pub (every Thursday night for anyone interested).

Unfortunately, when we got there, we couldn’t find the door. More precisely, we did find the usual door (the red one), but it was completely barred due to constructions. We were so determined that we circled the block trying to find another way in, only to fail at that too. But, we weren’t going to let the Irish pub quash our feeble attempt at a social life! So despite the let down (and the sudden thunderstorm that started two minutes after we arrived in the city) we weren’t going to call it a night! Instead, we went for drinks at one of Göttingen’s newest restaurants and ended up having a lovely night. All of this goes to show that even when things go wrong, plans fall apart and rain starts to fall, you can still have a grand night if you leave the comfort of your lab every once in a while.

But enough with the chitter chatter, let’s get down to business and find some things to do in Göttingen in July:

The first one is the Altstadtlauf on Wednesday July 3rd. The starting times range from 18:30 (the Kiddo run) to 20:20. It’s probably too late to sign up to run by now if you haven’t done so already, but you can surely go and cheer on your fellow peers.

And while your colleagues are sweating and reconsidering their life choices, you can take part in the alternative Altstadlauf – ice-cream version: no preregistration required and no calories wasted! Yep, if someone were to ask me what’s the single best thing about living in Göttingen, I wouldn’t say the cute inner city, the Kiessee or the fact that nearly everything is accessible by bike. No, best thing about Göttingen is the disproportionately high number of ice-cream shops. There are the fancy shops, with all the unusual flavours (Eislust), the bigger chains (Eisfieber), the shops that are also open in January to supply the hard-core junkies (Collosseum) and quite a few more in between.

According to my calculations, it takes two scoops of ice-cream to walk from the Eislust at Nabel to the Eisfieber at Markt. But that’s just the Youngsterlauf. If you’re going for the Mittelstrecke, you can also make a stop at the Eislust next to Kaufland. For the advanced Noveliscup you need to complete this round twice and finish it off with a German Spaghetti-eis at Colosseum.

Of course you can also go for an ice-cream while your colleagues aren’t running around you and sweating their brains out, but this just makes that Eis a little sweeter .

Note: this post is not sponsored by any ice cream businesses in Gottingen (but would not object if there’s a possibility)

Photo credit: Katja Burk

In other news (and also in appreciation of the good weather), the Freibad Eiswiese is once again hosting the Open Air Kino. If you’ve never been, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays a there’s a showing of a movie on a huge inflatable screen next to the swimming pool. You can go for a swim beforehand, bring a picnic and drinks or buy some Popcorn on the spot. Check out the program here. Unfortunately, it seems they’re only showing three movies in English this year, but this could also be a good opportunity for you to work on your German skills!

For anyone looking for something a little more cultured, the University Choir will be giving their Summer Night concerts this July. Wait, what? We have a University Choir?. Turns out we do. On the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th of July, the University choir (Unicante) will be performing their yearly summer concert themed ‘around the world’ in the foyer of the central Mensa. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to join.

Unicante Plakat 2019

For anyone looking for something a little quieter and more peaceful, why don’t you check out our very own Stadtpark. In this weather, what could be more pleasant than a nice stroll through the forest. Did you know that we even had a Wildgehege (game reserve) in the Park where you can go and feed Bambi? Grab your bikes, pack some snacks and make a day of it. You can find a map here.

And with that I wish you a sunny, active and Eis-filled July outside the lab.

Ronja Markworth

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

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