New Observatory

11th Stop

The New Observatory was built in the beginning of the 19th century on Geismar Landstrasse to replace the now insufficient old observatory and to draw the most famous scientist, Carl Friedrich Gauss, back to Goettingen. 
The building is exactly aligned on an east-west axis and is the first building of the university outside the city limits. Growing light pollution made this step necessary. Besides many scientific instruments, the observatory hosts the geodetic point zero for Gauss’ famous Hanoverian land surveys.


The observatory was also one of the ends of the electro-magnetic telegraph constructed by Gauss and Weber. Due to light pollution observations are no longer possible.
In 2008 / 2009 the observatory has been thoroughly restaurated.

Today, the observatory hosts the Georg-August-University School of Science (GAUSS), the
Goettingen Graduate School of Social Sciences  (GGG) as well as Graduate School of Humanities Goettingen (GSGG).
Furthermore, the newly established Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Goettingen, Lichtenberg-Kolleg serves as a place where internationally renowned and emerging scholars meet.