Gänseliesel (in Göttingen)

Gänseliesel (in Göttingen)

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  • codo786

    The Gänseliesel in front of the old town hall is a fountain figure since 1901 the landmark of the university city of Göttingen. The bronze figure of the fountain was created by the sculptor Paul Nisse to a design by the architect Heinrich Stöckhardt. Since 1990 it is a copy, while the original figure is in the Municipal Museum.
    Parts of the student body soon incorporated the well into their custom. After enrolling, the students boarded the well to kiss the fountain figurine. As this often happened in the context of loud celebrations, on March 31, 1926, a decree was issued, which made the climbing of the market well and a kissing of the goose-shit under penalty. Because the students did not stick to it, 1926 came to a "kiss process". After the cand. Jur. Georg Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck was caught red-handed, he had to pay a fine of ten Reichsmark. Although the law student fought the administrative penalty and demanded from the court "kiss freedom" and "yet to remove the spell from the bronze lips", but he was successful neither in the district court of Göttingen before the Berlin Court of Appeal. The kiss ban was officially continued, but was hardly noticed. That is why the Gänseliesel the Göttinger as the most kissed girl in the world. However, in recent decades it was no longer the newly enrolled students who kissed the goose slush, but doctoral students after their successful examination. In the process, a bouquet of flowers is presented to the goose-girl. On the occasion of the Gänseliesel's 100th anniversary, the City Council officially lifted the kiss ban.

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    • June 8, 2017

  • Mike 🇪🇺

    Every year, this spectacle takes place and you should just take time for it.
    Appointment on the Internet.

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    • March 28, 2018

  • Efdal Akyüz

    A beautiful fountain in the center of the city

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    • August 18, 2019

  • Beate

    For Christmas, Gänseliesel looks especially nice.

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    • December 13, 2018

  • Ilona

    the most kissed girl in the world

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    • November 9, 2019

  • Beate

    Göttingen beautiful half-timbered houses that you don't see at eye level. The most beautiful half-timbered houses with their decorations and sculptures can be discovered by letting your gaze wander upwards.

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    • March 2, 2020

  • Trosti

    Gänseliesel is the name for a female figure in connection with domestic geese. Liesel is a short form of the female first name Elisabeth.The figure of the Gänseliesel was often thematized by artists in the form of paintings or sculptures. As a decorative element of buildings and fountains, reliefs or statues can be found in many places that show a goose girl. Often these are depictions of everyday situations in which maids or girls tend the geese or bring them to the market.

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    • September 29, 2020

  • Holger

    If you are in town you have to pay a visit to this fountain.

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    • November 8, 2019

  • Juliane

    Especially funny when the freshly baked doctors climb the girl ... um, 😉😅

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    • May 4, 2020

  • Thorsten Fabisch

    Probably the most kissed woman in Europe

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    • November 2, 2020

  • Beate

    Today I saw the Gänselieselbrunnen with snow for the first time.
    Also nice 😀👋👋

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    • February 8, 2021

  • Kurbelix

    The landmark of Göttingen: the Gänseliesel in front of the town hall is decorated with fresh flowers even when it is ice and snow

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    • February 14, 2021

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Location: Lower Saxony, Germany


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