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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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  • The landmark of Göttingen is facing the Town Hall. You should have seen it necessarily. The pedestrian zone with beautiful old buildings, shops and venues is located in the vicinity.
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  • Visited the business in spare time. Images of the goose girl in the corner of the square is the. Decorated with lots of flowers and is loved by the people of the city would have imagined. To take a photo with the medieval town is recommended.
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  • The Gänseliesel is considered most kissed girl of in Germany. Doctoral students must climb up and kiss. Then they decorate the Gänseliesl with a bouquet of flowers. A great photo opportunity. Located in the middle of the historic city centre of Göttingen, with shops and pubs in the area.
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful Girl. Smaller than I imagined though.
  • Lovely old town with beautiful buildings and botanical garden
  • Probably the most known spot in Göttingen!
  • The spot in Göttingen city centre. Also known as the most kissed girl in the world due to the tradition of Göttingen university PhD graduates, they have to climb the statue, offer her a bouquet of flowers and kiss her. Try to witness the graduation party, it's one of Goettingen's great events.