The city of Giessen is situated in the Rhine-Main-Region close to the economic center Frankfurt. The location combines the amenities of small and middle sized towns with lots of green spaces in the cities and a wonderful landscape just outside the door.
Giessen is quite a young city, about 1/3 of all residents are under 35 years. A variety of restaurants, cafés, bars & clubs, small & medium-sized enterprises in various businesses and good shopping facilities offer an excellent atmosphere to study, work and live. Hiking, cycling and canoeing are just a few of the possibilities one can experience in and around the city. The vibrant culture as well as the lively student scene can be seen and experienced everywhere in town. Of the 72,000 inhabitants approximately 26,000 are students. The student-population-ratio is one of the highest in Germany.
6,000 students study at the Giessen location of the TH Mittelhessen and about 20,000 study at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen. 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 completed in 1838 by a school for craftsman, which is the predecessor of the TH Mittelhessen. Giessen as an academic centre has attracted famous scientists, like Justus Liebig, the "inventor" of artificial fertilization, after whom the university is named, or the Nobel Prize winner Wilhelm-Conrad Röntgen, who taught in Giessen from 1879 to 1888.