While googling Giessen – did you find anything interesting? Probably, few random pictures and boring descriptions on Trip Advisor. But don’t let quick judgments and the internet scare you off – Gießen is a city of green landscapes, world-recognised universities and talents, great student life, and in addition – it’s super close to Frankfurt.
Germany’s #1 in amount of students
First of all, can you imagine, that Giessen has one of the highest concentrations of students in whole Germany? With a population of ~80 000 people – almost 50% are students! It means that almost every second person you meet on the street – came here for studies. Therefore, on the streets, you can hear not only German but tens of other languages because many internationals come here for language courses or bachelor/master degree.
City of talents and innovators
Maybe you want to create or invent something? – Giessen seems to be the best place for it! Here, Justus von Liebig was creating organic chemistry and experimenting with several new food formulas. If you want, you can follow his steps at the famous and prestigious Justus Liebig University (named after him), or make a sneak peek at the Liebig museum.If you’ve ever made an x-ray, you will be surprised that its creator Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, was the Giessen University’s physics professor for almost 10 years. Today you can spot “X-Ray Monument” in the “Theaterpark” and his tomb in the “Alte Friedhof”.
Also, in Giessen was established world first science museum, “Mathematikum“. His twin brother “Chemikum” can be found in Marburg. And to spice up “talents list” -famous German actor and producer Til Schweiger, grew up and studied in Giessen.
Giessen was heavily damaged during WW2. But reconstructors tried their best to preserve the remaining elements of authentic German architecture. Some people like the city’s appearance at first glance. And those, who find Giessen boring and lacking colours, somehow get charmed with its unique lifestyle so much, that they even stay here for several years after graduation.
Your favourite places and food in Giessen
Giesseners enjoy shopping, festivals, nice food, and beer. So, on the main shopping street Seltersweg, you can find almost all kinds of big and small shops, including H&M, Marks&Spenser, Douglas, Karstadt, TKmax and much more.
During weekends and holidays, city hosts fairs, where you can eat tons of traditional street food and drinks. We advise you to get a snack in “Mama of Africa”,”Schwätzer & Söhne” or “Heisszeit”. Also, you can dance and chill at “Ulenspiegel” or “Monkeys” and sip craft beer at the local brewery “Gasthausbrauerei Alt Giessen“.
Sports & activities
Are you an active person? In spring, Giessen overflows with life, colours, and movement. Almost every student starts cycling or skating. And from early May, on Tuesdays, you can join a bright crowd of inline skaters, who can roll for hours, while listening to music, talking and exploring the outer city. Seems like dozens of fun, right?
Become an outdoors enthusiast
Probably, you also adore nature. Giessen area is famous for its green landscapes, rivers, and lakes. In the city centre you can have a great view of the lake “Schwanenteich“, and only 5 minutes from there, you can reach the oldest in Germany Botanical garden, with its stunning collection of trees and flowers. Whether you’re a student or city visitor – entrance is free of charge.
If you’re eager to explore more – across the city borders walk around the forest area, two lakes and several most beautiful castles in Germany. Get in the boots of a medieval person by walking around “Schloss Braunfels” explore the ruins of “Münzenberg Castle” or participate in the medieval fair in “Burg Ronneburg“.
To sum up, in Giessen every international can study, chill, explore, meet new friends and reveal their talents.