The CitiesThe cities of Gießen and Friedberg are situated in the Rhine-Main-Region close to the economic centre Frankfurt. The two Fachhochschul-locations combine the amenities of small and middle sized towns with lots of green spaces in the cities and a wonderful landscape just outside the door.
A vibrant cultural scene, a variety of restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs, small and medium-sized enterprises in various businesses and good shopping facilities offer an excellent atmosphere to study, to work and to live. Hiking, cycling and swimming are just a few of the possibilities one has to experience the beauties in and around the two cities.Giessen is the larger of the two towns, with about 72.000 inhabitants. Approximately 31.000 of them are students. 7.500 study at the Giessen location of the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen - University of Applied Sciences and 24.000 Justus-Liebig-Universität. The lively student scene can be seen and experienced everywhere in town.
The historical roots of Giessen as a centre for science and research reach back to 1607 when the university was founded by earl Ludwig V. of Hessen-Darmstadt. This institution was complemented in 1838 by a school for craftsmen, which is the predecessor of the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen - University of Applied Sciences. Giessen as an academic centre has attracted famous scientist, like Justus Liebig, the "inventor" of artificial fertilisation, after whom the university is named, or the later Nobel Prize winner Wilhelm-Conrad Röntgen, who taught in Giessen from 1879 to 1888 and who has found his last rest on the Old Cemetry.
Friedberg, where about 4.000 of our students are educated, is a town of 28.000 inhabitants. It is very popular with tourists, as you can discover a beautiful historic old town with the largest area of medieval remains of a castle in Germany. Most prominent of these is the "Adolfsturm", a large tower, which is Friedberg's symbol.