Gießen
FRIENDLY TOWN SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE

Hauptgebäude der Justus-Liebig-Universität © Nagel/DAAD
Hauptgebäude der Justus-Liebig-Universität© Nagel/DAAD

Giessen is famous for stock cubes, theatre people and the world's first ever mathematics museum. The city is a green haven full of creative talent, known for its wild student parties, and the benefits of being close to the city of Frankfurt. The beautiful surrounding countryside with its medieval castles is ideal for taking time out.

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WELCOME TO GIESSEN

You’ll like it in this friendly university town in the middle of Germany. Students here have at least one bike, and it won’t be long before you get to know fellow students. There are plenty of places where you’ll regularly run into each other during your free time.

The history of the town of Giessen is heavily influenced by science. This is where chemist Justus von Liebig invented a meat extract, a kind of seasoning used in soups. Justus von Liebig lent his name to the town’s university, one of the oldest, most venerable universities in Germany, and a museum in Giessen is dedicated to him, the Liebig-Museum. The town also boasts the world’s first ever mathematics museum, the .

Bruchstrasse is famous for its fine architecture. The „Altes Schloss“ and Zeughaus on Brandplatz are prime examples of past eras. The „Leib’sche Haus“ is one of the oldest and biggest half-timbered houses in the state of Hesse. The Botanical Garden from the year 1609 is the oldest university garden in Germany.

The townscape is also influenced by the shopping streets Seltersweg and „Elefantenklo“. „Elefantenklo“ is a footbridge over a crossroads that has three holes. The entire construction is disproportionately large in relation to the rest of the town. The „Drei Schwätzer“ is another eye-catcher. Created in 1983, these bronze sculptures on Plockstrasse answer to the names of Mariechen, Waldemar and Justus. Like the three figures, the people of Giessen often stop to chat with each other at the weekly market.

The surrounding area boasts some impressive castles and palaces. If you fancy a trip back to the Middle Ages, visit  Gleiberg-Castle, „Kloster Schiffenberg“ or the medieval market in Staufenberg. Traditional festivals are regularly celebrated in the villages near Giessen. In Giessen itself, the Landmannstraßenfest and „Bruchstraßenfest“ are very popular. These events give you some idea of what life was like a hundred years ago, and you can also go to concerts there with local bands.

LIVING IN GIESSEN

In addition to medicine, Giessen is famous for theatre studies. „Oh, the theatre people!“ – you might hear. Students have a significant impact on the cultural landscape in Giessen: they make use of empty buildings to organise and host exhibitions and festivals.

Top venues currently include Moltkestraße 11 with its café, the old „Alte Kupferschmiede“ and „Schanzenstraße 1“. The „Hausgemachtes“ label regularly hosts entertaining evenings at „Café Zeitlos“. At , every evening has its own motto and this is a place where you can meet like-minded people. Members of the literati like to gather at „Café de Paris“ on Wieseck. When the weather’s good, you can forget about everyday stress under the blossoming trees.

The town on the river Lahn is famous for its many students but shortage of clubs. This is why private student house parties take place almost on a daily basis. And there’s one thing students agree on: these parties are better than any dance bar! Ludwigstrasse with its bars and beer gardens is a reliable address for parties. On Riegelpfad, just a few hundred metres away, there’s a popular venue with a nostalgic atmosphere: at Klimbim, you can play table football, at the weekends it’s always crowded and smoke-filled. Students who like to dance hang out at MUK, Monkey’s, Ulenspiegel and AK 44. But you can also get to the city of Frankfurt in around 50 minutes by train.

There are several popular eateries on Plockstrasse: you can get fresh pasta at „Gianoli“ and the best ice-cream next door in „Heisszeit“, including such flavours as goat’s milk, honey or basil. On Bahnhofstrasse, „Gutburgerlich“ is a good place for freshly prepared burgers.

Regional cuisine such as „Linas Schweinebraten“ or „Handkäs mit Musik“ (sour milk cheese coated in onion and caraway seeds) is available at Hawwerkasten. And summer wouldn’t be summer without a beer garden. After a night of partying, many students stop off at „Dönerdreieck“ („donor kebab triangle“) on Asterweg, strictly speaking, now a pentagon rather than a triangle.

When the sun’s shining, you can lie in the sun on the Lahnwiesen. Slacklines are strung up and beer bottles are placed in the river to cool. For a brief break in the city centre, Zeughauswiese behind the Botanical Garden is a good place to go. You can water ski or wind surf at the Heuchelheimer Seen, and climb on Schiffenberg.

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