Göttingen (district)

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Coat of arms of Göttingen
Coat of arms
Lower Saxony GÖ.svg
Country  Germany
State Lower Saxony
Capital Göttingen
 • Total 1,117 km2 (431 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 248,249
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration
Website landkreis-goettingen.de

Göttingen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡœtɪŋən]) is a district (German: Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Northeim and Osterode, and by the states of Thuringia (district of Eichsfeld) and Hesse (districts of Werra-Meißner and Kassel).


In 1885 the Prussian government established the districts of Göttingen, Münden and Duderstadt within the Province of Hanover. These districts existed for 88 years, before they were merged in 1973 to form the present district of Göttingen. In 2016, it will be reformed by the addition of the Osterode District.


The western half of the district is occupied by the Weserbergland mountains. The Weser River receives it name near the town of Hannoversch Münden, where the Fulda joins the Werra. Further east the Leine river runs through the district from south to north.

Coat of arms[edit]

In the upper part is the heraldic lion of the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Below is a combination of the arms of the former districts, which were merged in 1973 to form the present district: the shield of Münden, the anchor of Göttingen, and the wheel of Duderstadt.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns Samtgemeinden
  1. Duderstadt
  2. Göttingen
  3. Hann. Münden

Free municipalities

  1. Adelebsen
  2. Bovenden
  3. Friedland
  4. Gleichen
  5. Rosdorf
  6. Staufenberg
  1. Bühren
  2. Dransfeld1, 2
  3. Jühnde
  4. Niemetal
  5. Scheden
  1. Bilshausen
  2. Bodensee
  3. Gieboldehausen1
  4. Krebeck
  5. Obernfeld
  6. Rhumspringe
  7. Rollshausen
  8. Rüdershausen
  9. Wollbrandshausen
  10. Wollershausen
  1. Ebergötzen1
  2. Landolfshausen
  3. Seeburg
  4. Seulingen
  5. Waake
1seat of the Samtgemeinde; 2town

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Landkreis Göttingen at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°30′N 9°55′E / 51.5°N 9.92°E / 51.5; 9.92