Gaenseliesel, Goettingen

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The Gänseliesel is a fountain which was erected in 1901 in front of the mediaeval town hall of Göttingen, Germany. Although rather small in size, the fountain is the most well-known landmark of the city. Today, it is an essential part of the graduation celebrations for every student who finishes a doctorate at the George August University Göttingen to climb the fountain and to kiss the statue of the goose girl.A Gänseliesel is also situated in Monheim am Rhein, Hanover's Steintor Square and Berlin's Nikolsburger Square.HistorySince the 18th century, a fountain was located on the site of the Gänseliesel. However, the old fountain was partially pulled down in the early 19th century due to deterioration. In 1898, the city council decided to construct a new fountain, for which sculptors from all over Germany presented their proposals. From all designs, the neo-gothical proposal "Im Geiste der Alten/Tugendbrunnen" ("In the Spirit of the Ancients/Fountain of Virtue") by the sculptors Mehs and Jehs was favoured while the goose girl design by the architect Heinrich Stöckhardt was only ranked second place. However, after the official ranking the three best designs were put on exhibition. The citizens of Göttingen widely preferred the simpler design of the goose girl, probably because the simple girl image best represents the common people - in contrast to the numerous statues of famous university scientists found in the city. After long discussion, the Gänseliesel, then designed by the architect Heinrich Stöckhardt and created by the sculptor Paul Nisse, was finally put up in 1901 without any official ceremony. The Gänseliesel fountain does not have any particular connection to the history of the town. The Original of the sculpture is today in the Town Museum (Städtisches Museum)
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  • Gęślarka of Göttingen offers the charm of this University City. Always with fresh flowers combines tradition and youth. You cannot forget about sławach Göttingen, getyńskiej 7, noblistach, Edith Stein. How many of them całowało after discharge charming Gęślarkę?
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  • New doctors have to climb and kiss the Girl. I saw a female new doctor that climbed over the iron vault and left a bouché od the maximal height possible. my balance is not very good so I was trembling...  more »
  • The Gänseliesel on the square at the old town hall is certainly one of the compulsory programme during a visit to Göttingen. Although the fountain and the statue may seem unimpressive, so many Göttingen with the Gänseliesel is identified. On days where the University confers doctorate, is also seeing a special spectacle: So climbs every finished graduate on the fountain, Kiss the Gänseliesel and sticks a bouquet at the fountain.
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  • A historical place. Like thw center of old town, mostly crowded and have many restaurants around for good lunch to dinner.
  • We can see a girl with duck and a bucket of flower in her hand. People are gathering since this place is also the center city of Goettingen. When the graduation come, we can see many PhD Students will gather and try to kiss her. So perfect ceremony!
  • The important point of Central Göttingen and the famous place for PhD graduation ceremony.
  • Great Christmas market during Christmas time. Very cozy and lots of stuff to eat and drink to discover.
  • The most kissed girl in the world ~ the record held by this little girl due to the custom of the university students in the city to kiss her after graduation. Special in a way as all quaint small city market squares are - uniquely and aesthetically charming.

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