The historic town of Giessen combines the classic and the contemporary in its enriching cultural panorama. Home to a prestigious university, the historical buildings and picturesque townscape are permeated by a vibrant, youthful buzz that comes from the large student population. A thriving gastronomical scene is sure to impress even discerning diners, while the colourful performance of the theatre and excellent museum exhibitions will ensure visitors are always occupied.
Begin your exploration with a visit to the town’s gorgeous Graveyard, a morbid yet magnificent mixture of monolithic gravestones and celestial sculptures guaranteed to provoke calm contemplation. The graveyard is the final resting place of prominent German personalities such as Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen and Hugo von Ritgen.
Enjoy a lively atmosphere with a visit to Germany’s oldest botanical garden, the Botanischer Garten; establishing in the early 17th century, this verdant expanse bursts with exotic plant and flower species from every corner of the globe.
The city’s ancient and austere castle houses the Oberhessischen Museum, a captivating collection of artefacts that celebrate the city’s rich historical heritage. Exhibitions boast wooden sculptures, Baroque paintings and opulent furniture, many of which are steeped in local legend.
Another notable cultural centre is the Mathematikum, the world’s first interactive mathematical museum. Interesting exhibits reveal the mysteries of maths through interactive and innovative displays.
Enjoy a globally renowned German speciality at the Alt Giessen Gasthaus Brewerei; the bubbly beverage is brewed on the restaurants premises and can be enjoyed in the historic heart of the city. Regional specialities prove appetising accompaniments to the locally brewed beer, and sizzling sausages and crisp schnitzel are staple features of this extensive menu.