Gießen's great attractiveness is reflected in the town's many beautifully designed science museums, good shopping opportunities and varied cultural life. Located in the heart of the idyllic Lahn Valley, Gießen is also a good starting point for excursions into the great outdoors. The pamphlet "Hessischer Landbote" (Hessian Courier) was published in Gießen in 1834 under the cry of "Friede den Hütten! Krieg den Palästen!" (peace to the huts, war to the palaces), and originally compiled by Georg Büchner. He had moved to the University of Gießen as early as 1833, where he joined a radical freedom movement among the students. These free-spirited and innovative thoughts live on in the traditional university town of Gießen even today, and are reflected in the town's unique flair.