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Giessen (74,000 inhabitants in 2007) is a university located in the western part of Germany , and belongs to the state of Hesse.The city is situated on the river Lahn – ca. 70 km north of Frankfurt am Main .
Giessen is a cultural and economic center of the region, although most of the city was destroyed during the 2nd World War II, Giessen several historic tourist attractions.
One of the most popular sights in town is the “Altes Schloss” – the old castle from the 1300s – which today is home to suchOberhessische Museum with its rich collection of local history, archeology and art history.
Other sights in Giessen include Liebig Museum – one of the most famous chemistry museums in the world, St. John’s Church from 1891, “Mathematikum” – a mathematics museum with 120 interactive exhibits – and the Kunsthalle Giessen, with its interesting exhibition of German and international contemporary art.
Otherwise, the city has a pleasant pedestrian street with shops and department stores, cafes, bistros and restaurants.
Giessen is located at the fashion system (Autobahn) A5, A45 and A480.
The nearest airport is Frankfurt International Airport, located 72 km south of Giessen.