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You will receive the link to the accommodation form once your on-line registration for the EUA Conference in Giessen has been accepted. The link will be included in the registration confirmation email and it will be possible to book a hotel through the accommodation form.

The 'Getting Around' section gives more information on how to get to the Conference venues or how to find your way around Giessen.

The online registration form also allows you to subscribe for the social activities. An overview of the social activities for participants and companions is available on the 'Social Programme’ section. 

Once you arrive in Giessen, the ‘Good to know’ section will offer you some advice on useful information.


Reservations are made through the local tourist agency in Giessen. We recommend that you arrange your hotel booking as soon as possible by following the link to the accommodation form which you will get from EUA if your registration has been successful.

Reservations are made on first-come first-served basis. Please make sure to book well in advance.

For enquiries regarding payments, hotel accommodation, logistics, social activities, companions’ programme, excursions, travel and tourist information, please contact:

Elisabeth Düring / Stefanie Eibich
Project Managers
Phone: +49 (0)641 99 12007
Fax: +49 (0)641 99 12019

Getting around

Arrival in Germany and transport

Frankfurt/Main International Airport / Bus shuttle service

Frankfurt/Main International Airport serves most international destinations in the world. With an extra fee charge, shuttle buses from Frankfurt/Main International Airport (and Frankfurt’s main train station) to Giessen can be booked in advance and will be provided by JLU Giessen on arrival. Shuttle buses will also take participants from the conference venue or from the hotels to the Railway Station and/or the Airport when leaving Giessen.

Justus Liebig University will set up a welcome desk at Frankfurt Main International Airport at Terminal 1. The welcome desk will also be the meeting point for participants who booked the Shuttle Service. Shuttle buses will run between the Airport and the hotels at regular intervals.

The welcome desk will provide information on shuttle buses, tickets for local transportation, and general information on arrival.

Getting to Giessen from Frankfurt/Main International Airport

Unless you use the bus shuttle service offered by JLU (see above), the train is the best and quickest way to get from Frankfurt/Main International Airport to Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) and then to Giessen. Having arrived at Frankfurt/Main Airport, take either local S-Bahn or regional trains (RE) from Frankfurt Airport Tiefbahnhof at Terminal 1 to Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) or take fast InterCity (IC) and ICE trains from Frankfurt/Main Airport Fernbahnhof at Terminal 1 to Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Trains leave every 15 min.

Trains from Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) to Giessen leave at least every hour. All European train connections to and from Giessen can be found in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Polish, and Turkish on

Getting Around in Giessen

Shuttle buses during the conference

JLU Giessen will provide shuttle buses for transport between the hotels and the conference venues. Shuttle buses will also be available for the social events. Participants staying at hotels within walking distance from the conference venue will be met by student assistants in the hotel lobby and will be accompanied to the conference venues.

You can also use public transport (buses) to get to the conference venues, the city centre, or to reach other parts of Giessen. A ticket for one day costs € 3.60. Please visit for details.

Google maps in Germany can help you to find your way around Giessen.


Social programme

You will find details on the social programme (for participants and accompanying persons) on the link to the accommodation form which will be included in the registration confirmation email you will get from EUA once you have registered successfully for the EUA Conference.

I. Social Programme for conference participants and accompanying persons (included in the registration fee)

1. Welcome Reception and Opera  “The Magic Flute” at the municipal theatre on  October 8th

2. Gala dinner on October 9th

II. Social programme for companions (included in the registration fee for companions)

1. Half-day trip to Laubach on Friday, October 9th, from 9:00 – 15:00; meeting point: JLU main building, entrance hall

 • Laubach is a picturesque town near Giessen with a beautiful castle dating back to the 13th century. The owner is Carl Georg count of Solms-Laubach. You will have the chance to visit one of Europe’s largest private libraries including a special exhibition on the “Solms Women”. Laubach


• Bus shuttle included

2. Half-day guided city tour of Giessen on Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 – 13:00; meeting point: JLU main building, entrance hall

 • Botanical Garden GiessenBotanical Garden Giessen

• Old City Centre with a visit of the farmer’s market

• Visit of the Schiffenberg monastery, including coffee break  

 Schiffenberg monastery

 • Bus shuttle included.

III. Social programme for kids (not included in the conference fee)

1. Mini Mathematikum of the world’s first hands-on mathematical science museum

• Experience a different side of mathematics! “Hands-on” is our first objective, which will allow you to really get involved and experience stunning phenomena yourself.

           Mini Mathematikum 


IV. Optional excursions for all participants after the conference on Saturday, 10 October

1. Liebig Museum Giessen and Mathematikum; meeting point: JLU main building at 14.30, entrance hall

The Liebig Museum

The Liebig Museum is located in what was once Justus von Liebig’s famous laboratory. The father of modern experimental chemistry taught at Justus Liebig University from 1824 – 1852. Participants have the opportunity to visit the adjacent Mathematikum afterwards. The Giessen Mathematikum is the world’s first hands-on mathematical museum; it was conceived by Albrecht Beutelspacher, professor for mathematics at Justus Liebig University. Alternatively, participants can follow a guided tour of the old city centre of Giessen. Shops, cafés and restaurants are nearby.

• Minimum number of participants: 8

• Costs: 15 €

2. Guided tour of Gail’sche Park in Rodheim and of Gleiberg Castle (4 hours); meeting point JLU main building at 14.30, entrance hall

• The private Gail’sche Park and its villa were built by the entrepreneur Wilhelm Gail from Giessen at the end of the 19th century. It is an English landscape garden comprising a comparatively small area. It was designed by Andreas Weber, a student of the famous Heinrich Siesmayer/Frankfurt. The park has been opened for public only a few years ago. Gleiberg Castle in Krofdorf-Gleiberg is a ruin since the Hessian Wars of the 17th century. In the 1830s an association was founded to maintain the remains of this cultural monument for future generations. After the guided tour the participants can dine in the castle restaurant or simply enjoy the stunning view from the castle.

• Minimum number of participants: 8

• Costs: 45 €

3. Rauischholzhausen: Guided tour of Rauischholzhausen Castle and park (4 hours); meeting point JLU main building at 14.30, entrance hall

Rauischholzhausen CastleRomantic Rauischholzhausen Manor is full of nooks and crannies and was built in the 1870s. Justus Liebig University has been using it as a conference center since 1949. The picturesque scenery is perfect for JLU’s annual summer festival, open-air theatre, and other events. Rauischholzhausen Park was designed by the famous Heinrich Siesmayer. Participants can also visit the research fields for horticulture and nature reserves (on demand).

• Minimum number of participants: 8

• Costs: 39 €

IV Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Singspiel by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

In German – with English Supertitles

Die ZauberflöteWolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s MAGIC FLUTE premiered in Vienna in 1791 and this masterpiece is not only the epitome of the German Singspiel, it also belongs to the best and most fantastic operas ever written.

A picture of Pamina is enough to captivate Tamino and make him fall in love forever. But Pamina and Tamino are not to come together that easily: dangerous serpents have to be killed, wild animals have to be tamed, and they have to withstand the murderous Queen of the Night.  In the end they even have to go through fire and water to seize Sarastro’s temple of wisdom.

The internationally acclaimed director Gerd Heinz is an absolute connoisseur of Mozart’s music; the conductor is Giessen’s music director Carlos Spierer.


If you have any questions concerning the social programme, please contact us or our tourist office by phone or by email:

Tourist-Information Gießen
Tel: +49 (0) 641 - 975 11 60
Fax: +49 (0) 641 - 975 11 61


Good to know

Entry Formalities

Do not forget your passport. All citizens from countries outside the European Union might also need a valid visa.

Please consult the German Consulate or Embassy in your home country for details on entry  regulations and visas.


JLU Giessen will not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out all necessary insurances on their own before travelling to the Convention.

Emergency telephone numbers (free calls)

112: Fire/ Ambulance/ Emergency
110: Police

Currency & Banking

The EURO is the only accepted currency in Germany.
It is possible to pay with credit cards and debit cards in most shops, restaurants, museums, etc. 
Bank services are available at the airport, throughout the city of Giessen, and close to the conference venue. You will find Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) throughout the city of Giessen. Look for the “EC”-sign near bank offices and post offices.


Most shops in Giessen are open from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 to 16:00 on Saturday. Supermarkets are usually open from 8:00 to 20:00 and shopping centres from 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday. All shops are closed on Sundays. Petrol stations offer a (very) limited supply of goods on Sundays. Traditional bakeries will usually open in the morning on Sundays to sell fresh rolls and bread.


Germany uses the 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets follow the European standard.

Time Zone

Germany is on Central European Time, i.e. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. For details and daylight saving time (DST/Summer Time) please see the time zone converter website.


The weather in Giessen in October is usually quite mild and can include long “Indian Summer” periods. However, it can also already include wet and windy spells of bad weather!  So we suggest you bring along a coat and do not forget an umbrella – even if you might not need them. 


Service is always included in bars and restaurants throughout Germany, but tips are welcome. If you enjoyed good service, we suggest leaving a small tip – usually around ten percent of the bill (it is good practice to round up to the nearest sum, i.e., to say “10 Euros are ok” if your bill amounts to 9 Euros 50 Cents).  


The official language of the convention is English. Staff at hotels, most shops, and restaurants in Giessen speak English. Knowledge of a few phrases in German can be useful, however. A kind “Danke” (thank you) is always appreciated for service; approaching a stranger with “Entschuldigung” (excuse me) is a good idea – even if only asking a stranger in English whether s/he is able to speak English.

Giessen Tourist Office

The staff of the Giessen Tourist Office will be happy to help you during your stay in Giessen.

Eating Out

Eating out in Giessen can be a great experience. We suggest the Badenburg for hearty medieval dishes in original surroundings (overlooking the Lahn river, the Badenburg has been a restaurant for the last 250 years – the “shovel of dirt” is legendary) and Tandreas for Gault Millau-style cuisine.


European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96