The Gänseliesel on the market fountain has been the landmark of the town of Göttingen since 1901.
The Art Nouveau figure actually only represents a poor girl tending her geese. Nevertheless, she has long been chosen as the darling of all new doctorates at Göttingen University. After passing the exam, you press him - as is customary - a kiss on the bronze cheek, making her the most kissed girl in town.
For the 100th birthday of the Gänseliesel fountain, the "Gänseliesel fairy tale" in the style of the Brothers Grimm was created in 2001 on the occasion of an author competition. The book of fairy tales is available from the tourist information office at the Old Town Hall.
When visiting the Gänseliesel, Göttingen's historic city center should also be visited. Medieval churches, town houses and venerable university buildings shape the cityscape. The heyday of Göttingen as a merchant town comes to life in the old town hall.