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Göttingen (district)

State:Lower Saxony
Adm. Region:Braunschweig
Area:1117 km²
Inhabitants:302,300 (1999)
pop. density:238 inh./km²
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Göttingen is a district 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 Eichsfeld) and Hesse (districts Werra-Meißner and Kassel).

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
5 External links


In 1885 the Prussian government established the districts of Göttingen, Münden and Duderstadt. These districts existed for 88 years, before they were merged in 1973 to form the present district of Göttingen.


The western half of the district is occupied by the Weserbergland mountains. The Weser river origins near the town of Hannoversch Münden at the confluence of the Fulda and the Werra. Further east the Leine river runs through the district from south to north.

Coat of arms

In the upper part there is the heraldic lion of the medieval duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Below there 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 whell of Duderstadt.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Dransfeld
  2. Duderstadt
  3. Göttingen
  4. Hannoversch Münden
  1. Dransfeld
  2. Gieboldehausen
  3. Radolfshausen
    Free municipalities
  1. Adelebsen
  2. Bovenden
  3. Friedland
  4. Gleichen
  5. Rosdorf
  6. Staufenberg

External links

Official website (German)