"Going on the hustle?"
Created in Altona. How so? Prostitution was forbidden in the German Empire. But in Denmark, and Altona belonged to it at that time, it was not. To attract German clients, Danish prostitutes walked along the border between Altona and Hamburg. "At some point, "Auf den Strich" became a synonym for "prostitute yourself.
Originally, the street consisted of two parts and was "the long street in the old village of Geismar": The first section led from the Albanikirchhof to the Inner Gate. In 1412, this street section was already called "Platea Geysmariensis Longa". The second section led from the Inner Gate to the Kornmarkt and lay within the city wall. It is mentioned in 1410 as "ante Valvam Geismariensem iuxta Plateam Gronensem". Finally, in 1864, Lange-Geismar-Straße was officially named, in the spelling still valid today. So much for the history - today Lange-Geismar-Straße is one of the most exciting side streets in Göttingen - there is always something going on here. This is due, among other things, to the diversity of art, architecture, gastronomy and predominantly owner-operated stores. If you don't find what you're looking for here, you don't need anything.
Living industrial monument
In Europe, the Luisenhall salt works is the only one that still produces salt from natural brine using old technology. Based on the vegetation, a Göttingen resident guessed in the mid-19th century that the soil at this site was particularly rich in salt. He confirmed this assumption by means of test drillings. He discovered salt at a depth of almost 462 meters. As a result, he founded the saltworks in 1850. Even today, it is possible to get a direct insight into the work on site, because the saltworks are a living industrial monument.
Exciting journey through the history of electricity
This anchor point is a modern operating site, museum and listed building all in one. The "Time Travel Electricity" in the Recklinghausen substation presents the cultural, social and technical history of electrification on 2500 square meters. The substation continues to do its work as it always has and is an impressive anchor point with its unique combination of listed building, active operating site and museum.
Musical journey through time
Enjoy the enchanting sounds of the lunchtime concerts in the historic ballroom, where the talents of the Leipzig University of Music and Performing Arts showcase their skills. Each concert begins with a fascinating glimpse into the city's past, spiced up with entertaining historical calendar pages. The concerts take place every Friday from 12:30 pm. Switch off and be enchanted by the sounds. Book your tickets early to make sure you can be there.
Student jail from back then
The former student prison in Göttingen, now known as the Göttinger Karzer, tells stories of times past. Here, students used to be punished for misdemeanors of their time. In the narrow cells, you can still discover the traces of the students who spent their time in the Karzer. The walls are decorated with graffiti and give a glimpse of student life in the 18th and 19th centuries. A tour of the Göttingen Karzer allows you to dive into the past of the university city and learn more about the history of the students. The tour of the historic Karzer on Wilhelmsplatz is only possible during a guided tour of the city.
How Gutingi became Göttingen 🕰️
An exciting time travel through Göttingen's history. Not only the original Gänseliesel can be found in the municipal museum, but also exciting stories and pictures from early Göttingen. At the huge picture from the 16th century you can hang forever. The museum is also open on Sundays and admission is free!
Helene - the pioneer
Originally, the Lombardsbrücke was not built of stone, but of wood and thus small and narrow, especially for larger river steamers, so that the passage for them was impossible. The crew of the "Helene" then risked - despite the increased risk of fire to the bridge structure - to be the first ship to dismantle its funnel and thus sail to the Außenalster. However, some shipbrokers subsequently built smaller boats, so that for 150 years one has waited in vain at the "steamboat waiting room" for a water cab.
An Ice Age remnant.
This erratic boulder probably immigrated to Hamburg during an ice age, lay in the Elbe for a long time and was found at the end of the last millennium during dredging work and brought to the banks of the Elbe. But that's not all: after its "immigration" it was first christened "Old Swede" in June 2000 and then officially naturalized. Since then he is - with his 217 tons - probably the biggest and heaviest citizen of the city.
Impact with a dull thud
Göttingen has been considered a center of measurement technology for about two centuries. A measuring station that is completely atypical for our latitudes is located high up on the Hainberg in the Göttingen Forest: Wiechert'sche Erdbebenwarte. Commissioned in 1903, it is the oldest active seismic measuring facility in the world.
In the immediate vicinity of the Chemnitz River, the former Schönherrfabrik on Blankenauer Straße has found new purpose. True to the Chemnitz maker spirit, the former industrial complex has been extensively renovated and is now being repurposed in a variety of ways. In the former Saxon loom factory of Louis Ferdinand Schönherr, numerous small businesses such as a renowned event agency, IT and software companies, the cozy café ankh, the restaurant Max Louis, famous for its excellent cuisine, the canteen of the same name and no less good cooking, photo studios, artists and even a well-known Chemnitz punk band with its rehearsal rooms have found new domiciles. A fitness studio for women, a very exclusive sports store and even a wellness studio can also be found here - so the conversion of the Schönherrfabrik is almost like a wellness cure, which has not only given the area and the historic industrial buildings a new freshness.
Crane romance & ship history
Fancy water, harbor flair and big cranes? Here in the former free port, you can find all of this at once and in one place. Around the Bremer Kai jetty, you can not only feel the history of Hamburg's trade, but also one of the four remaining Flying P-Liners - the Peking. On top of that, there is also a first-class view of the Hamburg skyline. Anyone can look at the harbor from the city. Here you can see the city from the harbor.
People are captivated by the charm of the small, quaint harbor. Here you can see typical shipping objects such as sea buoys, a pilot tower and a mudder boat. The harbor basin is home to one of the last functioning sieve works. The numerous elements of the interactive exhibition encourage visitors to touch and try things out and offer a very special experience for young and old.
Walking in the depths of the lake
Every 10 years, the Sobother reservoir is drained for inspection. This gives you the unique opportunity to walk around the lake at a depth of up to 50 meters. In 1983 there were still houses here. Once at the bottom, you feel like you're on another planet, as the ground is very soft.
On the trail of a legend
Fancy a journey through over 130 years of fascinating automotive history? Then off to the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The journey through time begins in 1886 and leads on two tours through automotive history to the future. Over 160 vehicles and more than 1,500 exhibits are displayed here on 16,500 square meters, showing the history of the automobile and the Mercedes-Benz brand.
Porcelain splendor along Augustusstrasse
The Fürstenzug, an impressive 102-metre-long portrait, depicts the dukes, electors and kings of the House of Wettin as well as German personalities from the worlds of art and science. The project was commissioned in 1870 and consists of around 25,000 tiles made of Meissen porcelain. Located on the outside of the Stallhof, the Fürstenzug is a fascinating fresco that depicts the history and importance of the region in a unique way.
Time travel to the early Romantic period
In the Literature Museum, the former home of the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the cultural heyday of Jena around 1800 is brought to life. Visitors can experience the combination of poetry, philosophy, art and natural science that created a new aesthetic. The atmosphere of the historical meeting place of important writers and philosophers makes the visit a unique cultural experience.
Virtual time travel to the Baroque
An exciting virtual reality experience awaits you in the Zwinger Xperience Dome. Go back in time and explore baroque Dresden. With the help of VR glasses, you will experience a captivating journey back in time to the year 1719, accompanied by a carriage ride and the wedding of August III and Maria Josepha. Let the magic mirrors put you in the clothes of the time and learn more about the reign of Augustus the Strong. A fascinating and informative experience for everyone.
Discover the world of fossil wonders
The Museum of Natural History in the city of Chemnitz is an experience for every nature and history lover. Here you will find an impressive collection of over 300,000 exhibits, including fossilized dinosaurs, fossils, animal specimens and minerals. Particularly impressive is the Petrified Forest, the largest plant fossil in Europe, which can be admired in the museum's large atrium. In the insectarium, you can also observe living animals such as praying mantises, leaf-cutter ants, butterflies and scorpions. The museum is housed in the former Tietz department store and offers changing special exhibitions in addition to the permanent exhibition. Children also get their money's worth here.
Immerse yourself in the fascination of science 🧠
An exciting concept allows visitors to experience science in a modern way and learn new things about Göttingen. In a futuristic room, you can immerse yourself in a discussion about the state of our forests. It's great that the whole thing is offered free of charge and can therefore be visited whenever you want.