A very special gem is the University Botanical Garden, the oldest such garden in Germany that is still in its original location.
In 1609, very shortly after the founding of the university, the Botanical Garden was established as a hortus medicus, or medicinal herb garden. Besides having considerable value for scientific research, it serves the visitor as a quiet oasis in the center of Giessen.
’ – a museum of international repute – attracts visitors from all over the world. The objects on display are not there just to be looked at. Visitors are encouraged to handle the exhibits in order to discover painlessly the laws of mathematics – to really grasp them, as it were. To this purpose, there are inviting interactive displays such as experiments with mirrors, ball tracks, mathematical board games and puzzles, and bubble-blowing.
Justus Liebig, whose name was given to the University of Giessen after the Second World War, taught here from 1824 to 1852 as professor of chemistry. In the rooms of his former institute, a museum
was opened in 1920. It is one of the six most important chemistry museums in the world and a historical monument of the highest value, because it is here that the most important German chemist laid the experimental foundations for his influential innovation.