Best Western - Hotel Steinsgarte
Hein Heckroth Strasse 20, Giessen, Hesse, 35390, Germany
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pedestrianized shopping streets
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Travel Tips for Gießen
The Justus Liebig University was founded in 1607 as the Ludoviciana. It is now named after its most famous scientist, Justus Liebig, who was appointed professor at Giessen in 1824 at the age of 21. According to the university's website, Liebig taught and conducted research at the university for 28 years and is regarded as the founder of modern agricultural chemistry.
This is a middle-sized German university with about 22000 students. The university buildings are located in three districts of the city of Giessen, one of which is shown here, just to the northeast of the city center.
This building, the Zeughaus, was first built in 1586-1590. It burned down during a night of bombing in December 1944, and was rebuilt 1960-1961 for use by the re-opened university.
Arbeitsamt (Federal Employment Office)
No, you don't have to go out of your way to see this, but if you're cycling around Giessen and happen to wonder what this big building on John F. Kennedy Platz is, then you might as well know it is the Arbeitsamt or Federal Employment Office.
At the end of July 2004 there were 27000 people registered as unemployed In Giessen and vicinity, that's 8.7% of the total work force. The overall percentage in Germany is higher than that (10.5%), but in the former West Germany, of which Giessen is a part, is it somewhat lower (8.4%). Frankfurt, by the way, has 7.5% unemployed.
Any way you look at it, that's a lot of people out of work, so it's no wonder there is a big employment office in every German city.
Friedberg is a town on the railroad line between Giessen and Frankfurt. The regional express trains all stop there, and it is the beginning of the S6 suburban train line (S-Bahn) which goes from Friedberg to Frankfurt South Station.
The things not to miss in Friedberg, according to their website, are the Jewish women's bathing house that was built in the year 1260, the castle with a 58-meter tower that was built in 1347, and the gothic church that was built between 1260 and 1410.
I didn't see any of these things since I was just there for the afternoon to do a teachers' workshop. Well, come to think of it I did see the church tower from the back of the Adult Education Center, but that was about all. I had a very nice afternoon in Friedberg, though, and might go back again sometime.
Giessen - Wissen ist Macht (Knowledge is Power)
Giessen in Hessen is a famous university city. I passed here by train several times and sometimes I had to change here. So I decided to break my journey here for 3 hours and check the place out. I was surprised by what I found. The city has an internet page and on there they have a city walk which I printed out and then I just followed the numbers. Unfortunately, there is no tourist information in the railway station.
For a print-out check out www.giessen.de
Wilhelm Liebknecht is from Giessen. The quote "Wissen ist Macht" is from him. You can check out where his birth house was if you want. He is the one who started to organise the workers politically.
The town dates back to 1152 and "Giezzen" was first mentioned in 1197 by a monastery and it's not sure whether that meant the town itself. But it was certainly mentioned in 1231/32 and it was granted city status in 1248.