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Giessen is a town in the German Federal state of Hesse, capital of both the district of Giessen and the administrative region of Giessen. The population is approximately 76.000, with roughly 24.000 university students. The name Giessen comes from Giezzen, as it was first referred to in 1197, which refers to the position of the town between several rivers, lakes and streams. Giessen came into being as a moated castle in 1152, built by count Wilhelm von Gleiberg, although the history of the community in the northeast dates back to 775.

Top Attractions Within Giessen

Akademischer Fortgarten Giessen is a historic arboretum and botanical garden located in Giessen. The garden dates back to 1778 when the University of Giessen added a study of forestry, making the oldest such department in the world and created its first garden in 1802. Today, the garden has more than 400 species of forest plants, including many foreign trees.

Botanischer Garden Giessen is a the oldest botanical garden in Germany. The garden was founded in 1609, when Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt donated part of the palace garden to his newly established university for cultivation as a hortus medicus. Today, the garden contains around 8000 species of plants, primarily for research use by students of botany, agronomy, geography, medicine and veterinary medicine. Aside from the many plant species, there is also a wide range of trees from all over the world. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature at its best.

Mathematikum is a science museum in Giessen, which offers a huge variety of mathematical hands on exhibits. The Mathematikum opened its doors to visitors in 2002 and it was inaugurated by the German President Johannes Rau. Since then, the museum has attracted more than 500.000 visitors. Annually the museum is visited by more than 150.000 people.Mathematical experiments include mirrors, a Leonardo Bridge, soap films and puzzles. It is a wonderful place to visit by both children and adults alike.