Marburg is located in the state of Hesse, specifically the wooded, earthy Lahn River Valley. As a well-preserved historic medieval city in Germany, the city is full of architecture, history and charm. One of the city’s noteworthy projects involves restoring half-timbered houses to give them modern touches while keeping their historic roots. With 80,000 residents, Marburg has something for everyone. With college students bustling about the university and families enjoying the city’s outdoor activities, Marburg is a quaint, friendly place to live and visit.
- Elizabeth, the patron saint of Marburg, settled in Marburg after her husband died in 1227. Her life’s purpose revolved around caring for others in need.
- Marburg includes the oldest Gothic church in Germany called Elisabethkirche. It’s a monumental piece of architecture.
- Paul von Hindenburg, World War 1 German field marshal and second President of Germany (1925–34), is buried in Elisabethkirche.
- Philipps University is located in Marburg, and it’s the oldest Protestant university in Europe.
- The Grimm brothers attendended Philipps University and the hills that surround Marburg offered up inspiration for their fairy tales.
- The Landgrafenschloss, a stone castle dating back to the 13th century, is one of the major presences in Marburg. It used to house some of Hesse’s rulers, but it now serves as both a museum and student housing.
- Marburg’s theatre company is one of the top-rated theaters in Germany.