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Marburg [1] is in Hesse.

Marburg is a small university town north of Frankfurt in the Lahn valley. It was almost untouched by bombs during WWII. The large "Oberstadt" district is a twisting gem of well maintained 17th and 18th Century "Hessische" architecture hugging narrow, cobblestone streets. Hearing nearby church bells toll while walking through this part of Marburg is a life changing experience. This is the Germany you expect from the tour books and you have it without the tourist crowds.

The Philipps Universität (founded 1527) is the oldest Protestant university in the world. Marburg has approximately 86,000 residents. With 20,000 students and 6,000 people working for the university, it gives the town the atmosphere of a typical university town, hence the slogan of Marburg is: "Other cities may have a university, Marburg is a university."

Get in

By train: regular services go to Frankfurt and Kassel and from both cities your have extensive connections on the German high speed train network (ICE)

By air: Marburg has no airport so head for Frankfurt/Main, Germany's busiest airport.

By car: one of the few German cities not directly connected by the Autobahn, but as you are in Germany there should be another road ... From Frankfurt take the Autobahn to Giessen and than the Bundesstrasse 3 to Marburg.

Get around

As a small town it`s best explored on foot. Other possibilities include the public bus services or take a bicycle. For getting to the "Oberstadt" you can use one of the two lifts, which is of interest for older people or handicapped. When you want some tipps ask the habitants, most of them are students and the most people are very friendly and when you luck too they took a small walk to the interessting Points with you.


Stroll around the old city ("Oberstadt", upper city) and enjoy the medieval atmosphere in combination with the spirit of an university town. Visit the Elisabeth-Church, first gothic church of germany, and the old castle at top of the "Oberstadt". Also worth seeing: the old university building, the city hall, Weidenhausen (old part of the town at the other side of the river Lahn).


  • Take a romantic pedal boat trip on the river Lahn, starting point is the bridge opposite to the old university building. Take a hike up to the Spiegelslustturm and enjoy a wonderful view over Marburg at night. There is an exposition on culture and history of Hesse in the old castle and also guided tours trough the "Kasematten", the cellar's of the castle. Consult the tourist information for details.
  • There is the aquamar, a relativ new swimming pool with a wellness area.
  • With the Train in Direction Kassel there is Kirchhain, a small Twon with some Interessting big markets like the New Years Market or the Martins market, the Town again is a Nice Place and a Simple for a German Small Town
  • You can also take a trip to the Amoeneburg, an old fortress 15 km east of Marburg, or to castle Rauischholzhausen, a represantative castle with a nice park.
  • You can also go for longer hikes at the surrounding hills and romantic forests.



The city has to cater for the needs of more than 18,000 students so it should be no problem to find a nice cafe or pub. Most of the good pubs are located in the old Oberstadt. Be aware that during the semester they are sometimes crowded. The Importaint Rule One is: Ask a people for a Tipp, the people are often very friendly and they have some Tipps you can't find in anyone Travel Lecture.

  • Try the Cafe am Grün next to the Red Star Bookstore. Its one of the best cafes in Marburg and also a good place to go with children.
  • Next to the elevator (Oberstadtaufzug) in the middle of Marburg is a very good Lebanese imbiss.

If you arrive at the train station and like to eat Asian food just walk straight away from the train station and cross the river bridge behind the highway. On the right side is a good place for Asian food.

  • When you want to come in contact with students then the "Mensa on the Erlenring" is very good, you can here eat as Guest too, and the Food is very good.


There are too many pubs and bars to list them all, but if you are in Marburg and everything is closed because its already 3 or 4 o´clock in the morning you have to go to the bolschoi pub! It is near the Elisabeth Church and the place to be in the later night!


A youth hostel is located a little bit south of town. Several hotels cater for the others. More expensive Hotels in Marburg are the Best Western Hotel and the Rosenpark Hotel.


In Marburg it is very often that you can meet People they can speak more then european Languages. It is not so so rare that you can find people they can speak a bit Japanese or Mandarin

Get out

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