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The founding of the university in 1734 gave new impetus to the development of the town and inspired renewed building activities. The Great Hall on Wilhelmplatz (William's Square) is the main building of the Georg-August-Universität. In the olden days, it used to house a detention room for badly behaved students. The graffiti is scrawled all over the walls to this day. Student prisons, another hugely popular site here, take you back to the days of the beginning of the Nazi regime in 1933.More than 40 Nobel Prize winners have come from Göttingen in the last century. Illustrious names include nuclear scientist Otto Hahn, Vitamin D discoverer Adolf Windaus and the co-founder of quantum theory, Max Born. It was here that David Hilbert and Hermann Minkowski had laid the mathematical foundations for Einstein's theory of relativity. The buildings in the town display plaques commemorating their well-known alumni.Further, Göttingen also caters to several musical, theatrical and literary tastes. Both the annual Handel Festival as well as the Jazz Carnival are held in the beginning of summer, and attended by international artists from around the world. Göttingen is also an ideal destination for those who love to walk and explore. Shopping is a pleasure on these streets as you stroll past quaint street cafes, cozy student pubs, pretty bars and restaurants at the city centre.
Mittwoch: In the land of research and cultureThe next day, I went across to visit the charming little university town of Göttingen. 'Mais Dieu que les roses sont belles a Göttingen, a Göttingen …' is what the French singer Barbara had once sung about its beautiful roses. Set in the south of Lower Saxony in the heart of Germany, Göttingen is popularly called the City of Science. It is one of north Germany's 'wonderful nine' cities along with Braunschweig, Celle, Goslar, Hamelin, Hanover, Hildesheim, Lüneburg and Wolfenbüttel. Historical styles of architecture like the Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation stare back at you as you float through the lanes of Göttingen.