The university town of Gießen (Gießen district) with more than 79,466 inhabitants, is the seventh largest city in Hesse and one of the seven special status cities in the country. As the seat of an administrative district and a county, it is the administrative center of Central Hesse, important traffic junction and one of the main centers of the region. With ten kilometers west located Wetzlar (Lahn-Dill district), the city is an agglomeration with about 320,000 inhabitants. Further away are the towns of Marburg (Marburg-Biedenkopf) lahn up, Fulda (Fulda district) beyond the Vogelsberg, Siegen (Siegen-Wittgenstein) in South Westphalia and Limburg an der Lahn (Limburg-Weilburg) on ​​the edge of the Westerwald. are the Justus Liebig University, several areas of the Technical University of Central Hesse, an administration and business academy, casting the Free Theological College and a division of the Hessian University of police and administration as well as the Hessian reception center for refugees in the city.