I have wanted to visit the city of Marburg for a long time and finally I managed to do so on a gloriously sunny September day. Taking a train from Frankfurt, I got there at noon.
My first impression of a dirty central train station undergoing repair and expansion works, wasn’t great but I took a bus uphill and everything looked much better.
The Schloss of Marburg, the Castle that is, is built on a very steep hill which towers the city and is very impressive. You can take pictures of this photogenic Castle from many angles and the sky was so beautiful, changing colours depending on the time of the day. The bus left me relatively near the Schloss and I had to walk through the green in order to reach its entrance.
It’s amazing how in german cities the past with its medieval palaces and castles can live together with big modern office buildings, with blocks of residences for the elderly, with trees heavy with apples in the gardens, and with the one of the oldest and most important Universities in the country which is still so much alive and full of young people. This is the case of Marburg, which is situated in the northern part of the region of Hessen. This northern part is not very rich, is mostly agricultural and has a lot of animal farms with horses and cows. Still, it’s not far from the rich cities of Frankfurt, the financial capital of Europe and Wiesbaden, the capital of Hessen region.
As I didn’t have much time in my hands, I saw the Schloss only from the outside, then had lunch nearby and after that I walked down to the heart of the Old City. Marburg is split into an Upper and a Lower part. You can easily reach the one from the other thanks to two elevators which are continuously running between the two parts of the city.
On the upper part, you can visit the Old University and some churches and realize that this was and still is a University city connected mostly with the faculty of Theology. In the Lower part a tourist can enjoy walking by the river Lahn, see the Old Botanical Gardens and the Church of St.Elizabeth of Thuringia, a saint of the Medieval Times who is buried there. Fortunately for Marburg, the city wasn’t destroyed during the Second World War, so there are many very old medieval sites to be seen.
Well, it was worth the while visiting the city of Marburg and I would like to return to see more things that I missed during my first one-day visit.