January Sunshine in Göttingen

I’ve only really lived in Göttingen for about five weeks now. I’m still discovering something new every day. I still search for coffee shops and restaurants on yelp and try to find my new favorite. I’m still getting used to the speaking melody of the people living here and I still have to learn all the insider shortcuts. But I’m also slowly starting to feel at home.

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Last year I realized (once more) that starting over somewhere new is never easy, but that it is worth all the struggles if you don’t give up. I’m a stronger and more confident person now. And I begin to enjoy the life I’m building for myself in Göttingen.

Göttingen, Germany, in January

As I have relocated quite often before, I know that a big part of really arriving somewhere is not only finding your new favorite coffee shop, but also giving the new place a chance to wow you. Walking around with open eyes — and a camera! — helps so much with appreciating all the little things that are unique to a city. I’m convinced that ultimately, you have to treat a (new) home town like a destination abroad. And I know that Göttingen is not Germany’s most popular touristic city (read: pretty much nobody has ever heard of it), but I wanted to present it to you like I’d present any other city I visit: Through photos from a Sunday stroll in the old part of town, showing off the city’s enchanting prettiness in perfectly beautiful January light…

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Göttingen, Germany, in January

Do you sometimes pretend to be a tourist in your (new) home town(s)?

  • Mike

    Thank you for taking us on the very nice walking tour, Julika! It looks nippy but not terribly cold and hurray for the sunshine you had that day! 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      We haven’t had a real winter in Germany yet, but I’m actually glad I haven’t had to experience snow slush and freeze thus far! Let’s hope it stays as sunny as it was today 🙂

  • Hannah

    Beautiful photos Julika 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you, Hannah! I took my new 55-300 mm tele lens for a stroll today and I really like it! 🙂

    • Hannah

      That’s great!

  • Looks like another perfectly charming German city; excited to hear about ouy making it home!

    • JulikaSarah

      It really is! Oh and by the way, there is a direct FlixBus connection from Karlsruhe 🙂

  • Ellen

    Awesome! I love exploring my or any town as a tourist, I love showing people around my town who haven’t been there before because it opens my eyes to things I normally miss.

    • JulikaSarah

      I agree, Ellen! Showing visitors around is such a great way to rediscover the pretty sides of a home town!

  • Anda

    Hello! 🙂 I started reading your blog yesterday and it’s perfect! 😉 Love it too much already and I have only read some posts till now! Will make sure to read every word. 😀 I also sent you an e-mail! 😀

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks again for reading and all your sweet words, Anda!

  • Gorgeous photos, Julika! Göttingen looks charming 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks so much Silvia! It really is charming 🙂

  • That looks like an amazing place to live!

    • JulikaSarah

      I think it is, Angela 🙂

  • empty rucksack

    I Couldn’t see the amazing pictures because
    Of slow bandwidth where we are but I love your write up and your excitement of being in a new place seeps throuth me…I’ll come back to read your little adventures.

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  • ds766

    Hello Julika,
    You have a wonderful blog, good job… I really like how you keep it updated ..I came across your blog while researching on Portugal. I am going to Lisbon and Porto for a week from feb 10-16…could you kindly give me your expert opinion on what to pack (esp regarding what clothes to take) ,…
    thanks in advance 😉

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you! In my experience, winter in Portugal is not as bad as in the rest of Europe — so pack for Central European fall weather: As many layers as possible, a wind- and water-proof jacket, and sunglasses 🙂

  • Mariella

    The picture with the window is my favourite by far!! I love hometown tourism, I do it in Berlin all the time 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Mariella! Berlin is probably the perfect city for endless home town tourism, because there’s always something new to discover 🙂

  • Kathi

    I somehow stumbled upon your blog today and then realized that I’ve been following you on Instagram for a couple of weeks now. What a small world…
    Jedenfalls freue ich mich, dass dir Göttingen bislang gefällt. Ich bin 2011 für meinen Master hergekommen und die Stadt ist ganz schnell zu meinem Zuhause geworden. Ab dem Sommer bin ich weg und schon jetzt macht mich der Gedanke wehmütig. Deine Erfahrungen werden, so als Nicht-Studentin, ja vermutlich ein wenig anders, aber hoffentlich trotzdem weiterhin positiv sein. Göttingen ist im Frühling/Sommer jedenfalls noch entzückender. 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Ach, das ist ja echt witzig, Kathi! Danke für’s Lesen und Kommentieren!
      Bisher gefällt mir Göttingen echt gut und ich bin schon so gespannt auf den Frühling und Sommer! Das muss echt toll sein!
      Und wenn du mal einen Kaffee trinken gehen magst, sag Bescheid 🙂 Ich bin auch schließlich immer noch auf der Suche nach meinem neuen Lieblings-Café 🙂

    • Kathi

      Ich schreibe dir mal über deine FB-Seite. 🙂