Gießen Travel Guide

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Gießen Things to Do

  • Stadttheater (City Theater)

    Unlike Heidelberg, which built its inconspicuous City Theater in the middle of a city block surrounded by other buildings, the one in Giessen is a prominent free-standing building on a major intersection at the end of a strip of park and at the edge of the central pedestrian zone.The Giessen theater seats 600 people. It was built in 1906/1907 in...

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  • Liebig Museum

    Right around the corner from the Mathematikum is another small but fine museum devoted to the life and work of Justus Liebig, the 19th century chemist for whom the university in Giessen is now named.The eleven rooms of the museum are Liebig's laboratory from his years as a professor at Giessen University, and a lot of his original equipment is on...

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  • Mathematikum

    Giessen's newest museum bills itself as "the world's first mathematical science center". It was opened in 2002 and includes over one hundred interactive exhibits on three floors, some involving mirrors to create multiple images, as in the photo. The Mathematikum is big enough to be worth the admission (EUR 6 for adults, 4 reduced and 12 for a...

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  • Johanneskirche

    This protestant church is the biggest church in Giessen. It was built from 1891 and inaugurated in 1893. Outside it's new romanic and renaissance style and inside gotic. The original stained windows were distroyed during WW2 and the new ones are by Erhard Klonk. The tower is 75 meters high. Unfortunately the church is closed except for services and...

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  • Kasernengaesschen (barracks alley)

    This dates back to the 16th century when the city's fortification walls were built. When they were taken away around 1810 it was built over in Biedermeier style. For a long time this corner of the city was used by police and army. From this time comes the name "Kasernengaesschen". After it was down to nearly ruins the city bought the lot in 1968....

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  • Villa Leutert

    On the green stretch around the town where there used to be the castle ditches rich people built villas. This one was built in 1884/5 and when it came through the war undamaged the American took it and it served as a officer's mess.

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  • Stadttheater

    The planning was done by the Viennese architects Fellner and Hellmer. The building was constructed under the lead of a local architect in 1906/7. The building survived WW2 with hardly any damages and the first play performed after the war was Faust by Goethe.

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  • Botanical garden

    This is the oldest botanical garden by an university that still remains on the original grounds. It was founded in 1609. The botanical gardens are closed during winter time from 21st October until 19th March. During the rest of the year they have various opening times but the shortest ones are from 8 am until 3.30 pm. The greenhouses have yet again...

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  • Pankratiuskapelle

    Because the Stadtkirche (city church) was destroyed during WW2, in 1949 an emergency church was built with the financial help from the St. Louis church in USA. It's a wooden tent roof construction on stone walls.

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  • Die Schwaetzer (the gossipers)

    These 3 funny figures can be found right in the middle of the shopping streets. It's very popular to have your picture taken with them.

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  • Oberhessisches Museum

    The museum is located in these beautiful buildings. They are the Wallenfels'schen and the Leib'schen houses. Unfortunately, I don't know which is which.

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  • Stadtkirchenturm

    The tower is 50,7 meters high and is considered "the" landmark of Giessen. It was built between 1484 and 1520. The tower always stood independent of the church building, which was destroyed in WW2. You can climb the tower from Tuesday till Saturday from 10 am till 4 pm and Sundays from 11 am till 4 pm. The key can be received at the Oberhessisches...

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  • Schlammbeiser

    Today Giessen's citizens nickname is Schlammbeiser. In the old days before there was a sewage system, a Schlammbeiser was the guy who emptied the toilet buckets with a long stick (Schlamp Eisen). The buckets were sitting in the alleys and people dumped their business from their toilet holes from above. The Schlammbeiser would then lift the buckets...

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  • War memorial

    In a couple of places I saw war memorials. This one covers both World Wars. It’s in the longish park sort of opposite the Villa Leutert by the pond.

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  • Marktplatz

    If you want to take a bus from the railway station instead of walking to the main sights, then you should get one to Marktplatz. Here you find a lot of shops and cafés and the main sights are nearby.

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  • Marktlauben

    There wasn’t any market going on under the market arches when I was there on a Friday afternoon. But nevertheless the architecture looks pretty.

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  • Beith-Jaakov synagogue

    After all the Giessen jews were sent to concentration camps there wasn't any synagogue left. There were 2 before but on 28th August 1995 a new one was opened. In the courtyard now stands the old timber framed synagogue from Wohra (Kreis Marburg-Biedenkopf). There is a locked gate, so I don’t know whether this is actually ever open. I guess you...

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  • Neues Schloss (new castle)

    This beauty was built from 1533-39 by Landgraf Philipp of Hessen (dem Grossmuetigen). After 1650 it served university purposes and was used as a court of justice. From 1899 until 1907 it was extensively renovated and since 1965 it houses the Institute of Geography. Fortunately, it wasn't damaged during WW2.

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  • Altes Schloss (old castle)

    This water castles was originally from the 14th century but was unfortunately destroyed in WW2. It has been rebuilt in the 1970's. The Diebsturm (tower) is a Burgfried and has 5 floors. The place can only be visited on a Giessen tour or by prior arrangement as a group. For enquiries contact the tourist information at Berliner Platz 2.

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  • Roentgen monument

    Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) received the first Nobel price in physics in 1901 for his discovery of the X-rays. In German language the rays are named after Roentgen, therefore "Roentgenstrahlen". He lectured at Giessen university from 1879 until 1888. He died in Munich but was buried according to his wish in the old cemetary of Giessen in...

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  • St. Bonifatius church

    I found this good looking church by accident. I had a pretty unclear map from the internet and was orientating myself on the landmark Johannes church or so I thought and ended up at this one.The building of this catholic church in neogotic style was started in 1902 after the population in Giessen exploded and a bigger church was needed. It was only...

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Gießen Hotels

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  • Hotel Tandreas

    Licherstrasse 55, Giessen, Hesse, 35394, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel "Alt Giessen"

    Westanlage 30-32, Giessen, Hesse, 35390, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Altes Eishaus

    Wissmarer Weg 45, Giessen, Hesse, 35396, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Gießen Restaurants

  • Locally Brewed Beer and Good Food

    This is the only restaurant in the town that makes its own beer so of course it was on my to do list when my wife and I visited the town on a nice Saturday afternoon in August of 2013. It is located close to pedestrian area and close to all the major attractions in the town. The first thing to know is there is free parking at their location. The...

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  • Restaurant behind the theater

    Not counting McDonald's, this is the closest restaurant to the City Theater. In the photo you can see a bit of the theater building on the left underneath the green umbrella.Nice garden for the summer months. A bit stuffy and old-fashioned inside, but nothing drastic. Standard Italian fare. They also serve Licher beer, a fine local brand which is...

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  • Coffee house behind the theater

    A pleasant and elegant place to have a cup of coffee or whatnot before or after the opera. In the photo you can see the City Theater in the background.Cup&Cino is located in a little square at the edge of the pedestrian zone. Don't let it bother you that they have to share this little square with McDonald's, since the latter have adapted their...

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Gießen Transportation

  • By bus

    Until about the mid 1950's Giessen had actually trams and after that trolley buses but these day it's just buses. If you don't want to walk to the center take a bus to ie "Marktplatz" as most sights are within walking distances from there.

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  • By train

    Giessen is less than an hour from Frankfurt/Main by regional train and is a crossroad for various train lines, although you will not find ICE trains here. The old station looks pretty from outside. In the station you will find lockers, a newsagent and snack shops and of course a ticket office. On the station concourse there are taxis and buses. On...

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Gießen Shopping

  • Shopping streets

    The center of Giessen seems to be one big shopping mall. Lots of streets are for pedestrians only. So you can shop till you drop.

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  • Cheapest things

    I always like to see what one euro shops offer to buy. Most cities in Germany have one. All sorts of useful and not so useful things. Mostly one euro

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Gießen Off The Beaten Path

  • Friedberg (Hessen)

    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...

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  • University

    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...

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  • University main building (Aula)

    Another group of university buildungs is located in a neighborhood to the southeast of the city center.This is the main building or Hauptgebäude at Ludwigstr. 23. It is often refered to as the Aula because the largest lecture and assembly hall is here.

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