Welcome to Siegen
With a population of more than 104,000 citizens, Siegen is the commercial and cultural center of the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein. Located in the southern part of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz, the city is service and administrative center, university town and one of Germany‘s greenest cities.
Siegen was first mentioned as a newly built town about 800 years ago. The city‘s history is markedly shaped by mining, which locally began as far back as La Tène times. Bearing witness to this longtime industry are the many mines that can be found throughout the entire region. The long tradition of mining in Siegen ended in the 1960s, when the last pits were closed.
Siegen offers a metropolitan cultural programme: Historic sites, top-class theater and cultural events and alternating art exhibitions in the urban galleries.
The foundations for the University of Siegen were laid by the school of watershed management, founded in 1853 and well-known beyond the national borders.
The University of Siegen has committed itself to interdisciplinary research and teaching as well as to extensive support of its students. In return the university has been able to take top places in surveys and rankings which measured the students‘ satis-faction with their university.