Sports & Leisure
The first choice for students who are interested in doing sports is Giessen University's Sports Centre, which offers classes in 35 different types of sports during semesters. Whether you go for karate or climbing, fitness or football, you will not be disappointed by the choice of classes on offer. The Sports Centre's website provides a current list of classes for download as a PDF file.
Beyond sports classes, the beautiful countryside around Giessen is perfectly suited for many additional outdoor activities. Those who like water sports, for example, shoud definitely check out the Heuchelheim lakes just outside Giessen. You can go there just for swimming or relaxing on the beach or do some trendy wakeboarding at the local Water Skiing and Wakeboarding Centre. Special student rates are available. Alternatively, the university's Sports Centre also offers classes in wakeboarding and water skiing.
If you have less of a need for speed, try canoeing down the river Lahn. Even as a beginner you will find it both easy and fun to discover the scenic river valley downstream at your own pace - and ideally with a group of friends. Best of all, you don't need to bring any equipment: Whatever you'll need is available on loan.
If you enjoy watching professional sports, you don't want to miss the Giessen 46ers playing Basketball-Bundesliga (highest basketball league in germany). Their exciting matches - plus their lively bunch of supporters - are well worth seeing.
What's your definition of a great night out? Unwinding at a pleasant local bar or beer garden? Having a romantic dinner by the riverside? Meeting lots of new people at a big student party? Clubbing and partying into the early hours of the morning? Or all of the above? No matter which it is, you'll find it in Giessen. And it's convenient, too: Virtually all popular locations are within easy reach of the city centre or the university.
If you want to make the most of your free time in Giessen, you should join the leisure activities and events organized by the "Wohnheim-Tutoren-Programm" (WoTuPro). Run by the Student Affairs Office, the student guides who volunteer their time for WoTuPro arrange short trips and outings, pot luck dinners, parties, theatre nights and many other activities that are just more fun to do with a group of fellow students.
To explore the attractions and sights of other cities and regions beyond Giessen, you may want to participate in the sightseeing trips offered by the university's International Office. They last between one and five days and are a great opportunity to see many different places and experience German culture.
When going out in Giessen, of course, there several classic locations you can't afford to miss. These include - among others - Ludwigstrasse (the local street best suited for bar hopping), Haarlem and its beer garden (their cocktail party on Saturdays is highly recommended), Ulenspiegel - an authentic cellar vault turned bar, which also features a dancefloor and an outside beer garden - and MuK, a former bunker which now puts on the best live acts in town. For more options when going out, try the following links: