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Coat of arms of Gießen
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Hesse
District Gießen
Subdivisions 6 Stadtteile
155-304 m (−842.4 ft)
 • Total 89,802
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
35331 – 35398
Dialling codes 0641, 06403
Vehicle registration GI

Gießen or Giessen is a city in the German state of Hesse.

It is 50 km (31.1 mi) north of Frankfurt. Giessen has about 73,000 inhabitants. The university of Giessen has about 20,000 students.

The German word "Giessen" means "to pour" in English, as "to pour a glass of water." The city is on the banks of the Lahn River, and it is surrounded by many lakes and streams.

People from Giessen

  • Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), Chemist, Professor. The official name of the University of Giessen is named Justus Liebig University.
  • Fritz Heichelheim
  • Demis Nikolaidis
  • Martin Gindler, an important piano player. Has lived in North Carolina but currently resides in the Netherlands.
  • Samuel Adler, a well known rabbi in the United States, attended the University of Giessen[1]
  • Wilhelm Liebknecht, founder of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, was born on 29 March 1826 in Giessen.
  • Friedrich Kellner (1885-1970) was Chief Justice Inspector of Laubach, where he wrote the Friedrich Kellner Diary. He was also Chief Regional Auditor in Giessen. The University of Giessen has established the Kellner Project.
  • Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was professor of physics from 1879 until 1888 at the university of Giessen. After his death in 1923 his body was buried at the "Alte Friedhof".


Universities in Gießen are the University of Gießen and the University of Applied Sciences Gießen-Friedberg

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