Welcome back to things to do in Göttingen.
One of the many things you could do in Göttingen is to leave it. October is a great month to explore outside of Göttingen since we have two Brückentage (Bridging days) throughout the month.
We start off with a holiday on October 3rd (which is a Thursday). Now remember: it’s a holiday, so shops and supermarkets (and officially institutes as well) are closed! This is a perfect opportunity to take a holiday on Friday and make a long weekend trip! Make use of that student card and take a train to Hamburg or Bremen.
And if you can’t decide, worry not since October 31st is also a holiday (and yes, it is a Thursday as well). So grab a friend, book a hostel and off you go.
Hamburg is a beautiful city (in my entirely unbiased opinion) and it offers something for every weather condition. However, considering that it is October, here are some tips for rainy days in Hamburg.
Starting with the best attraction of them all – the Miniature Wonderland. It is not only the world’s largest model train installation, but also Germany’s number one activity on TripAdvisor (suck it Schloß Neuschwanstein!). It may sound slightly unimpressive but believe me when I say it makes for several very amusing hours, no matter your age. The amount of details you can observe and the absurd scenes you can find are absolutely mesmerizing and quite hilarious.
Note from the editor: I second this 100%. The wonderland doesn’t only include railways, but also recreations of famous landmarks and towns. It even has a model airport which took over six years to build and cost over 4 million Euros! If anyone is planning a visit and would like some company, let me know – I feel like five visits was insufficient…
After visiting the wonderland, you can grab a coffee or tea in the Kaffeerösterei, just a few doors down. This is a very nice café where you can learn a little bit about the coffee roasting process.
Both the wonderland and the Kaffeerösterei are located in the warehouses of Hamburg, which are UNESCO world heritage sites and are all built on oak logs.
From the café and wonderland, it is a short stroll to the Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg’s new symphony hall, which looks kind of cool and only cost ten times more than was originally planned for the construction.
From there you can take a ferry to Landungsbrücken and get a nice view of the harbor as well (if you have a day pass from the HVV this ferry ride is included). At this point you will also see the theatres showing two of the musicals hosted in Hamburg (you might want to book a ticket to one in advance). There are usually between 4-5 different shows in Hamburg at a time, but as a warning: they will most likely sing in German.
Bremen is also quite nice and in many ways similar to Hamburg as they are both harbor cities. Bremen’s old city center is still intact and is absolutely stunning to wander through. Sites worth seeing are the dome, the city hall, the Schnoor and Bottcherstraße (make sure to stop by the candy store, where you can see the candy being made and always get some free tasters).
The Universum Bremen is a great museum that takes you on a tour through the world of science! However, even the outside is worth a visit. Make sure to book your tickets in advance though to avoid the queue.
If you are not really in the mood to leave Göttingen so far behind, you might want to visit Einbeck between the 11th and 13th of October. Einbeck (other than being home to the brewery) also has a beautiful and intact old city center and hosts a city festival every year. This year at the 45th EulenFest Einbeck offers three days with 4 stages hosting different artists and DJs to guarantee a grant time. Check it out here if you are interested.
I hope you’ve been inspired to explore a little outside of Göttingen and the lab, be it Hamburg, Bremen, Einbeck or any other city you can think of.