Gießen District is the smallest district in Hesse and is generally a sleepy area of small towns. Each of these features the obligatory half timbered houses, church and museum — this is more an area of quiet tranquility than a busy, noisy center of activity.
Or in other words, you should visit for gentle strolls around pretty villages rather than expecting the biggest, the oldest or the first. ;-)
Gießen District Map
Towns & Villages in the Gießen District
The impression is drilled home at Laubach, classified as a climatic health resort where the clear, bracing air and numerous walkways should leave you feeling in fine health.
Laubach castle is well worth a visit while in town as it has an attractive park which is open to the public. It houses one of the largest private libraries in Europe reputedly topping some 100,000 different publications.
For the animal lover, there is also a generously-proportioned zoo nearby.
The main town of Gießen has a long history as a university town of several hundred years. It is most notable for the botanical gardens which date back to 1609. They can be visited for a diverse range of plants from around the world.
Finally, Hungen offers a Roman fort dating back some 1200 years!