With charming cobbled streets and winding alleyways, Marburg is a delightfully Gothic town that many have never even heard of. Although only an hour from of Frankfurt, Marburg feels worlds away from the chaos of Germany's largest financial hub. And that's not all; a stroll through its heart will take you back in time to your favorite childhood fairytales. Here's why you need to pay a visit.
Standing tall overlooking Marburg is the picturesque Marburger Schloss, otherwise known as Marburg Castle. Against the backdrop of emerald green hills and the medieval timber-framed houses of the Old Town, this castle is instantly reminiscent of a scene from one of your favorite Disney movies or your bedtime fairytales.
Yet it's not just the castle's scenic views that captivate its visitors. Dating all the way back to the 11th century, this castle is steeped in history, and its museum is guaranteed to entertain even the biggest history lovers.
The childhood memories at every turn
If you're wondering why this town reminds you of your favorite fairytales, it may just be because it is the place that inspired them. Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince. These are amongst some of the most well-known and loved fairytales around the globe and they happened to be written by two brothers who studied at Marburg University in 1802!
Back then, Jacob and Wilhelm, otherwise known as the Brothers Grimm, based their magical tales on this very town. And in commemoration, Marburg is dotted with numerous fairytale-related sculptures, 15 to be exact! A giant Cinderella slipper by its castle and a wall of goats and a hungry wolf in the Old Town, can you find them all?
The surrounding rolling green hills
Regardless of its proximity to Frankfurt, a city with a skyline that has been likened to that of Manhattan, Marburg boasts a quaint and unscathed village-like demeanor. In fact, nestled in the hills of the country's Hesse region, Marburg really is the epitome of German countryside charm.
And home to a handful of impressive deep gorges and a diversity of hilltops, there's no better way to reconnect with nature than by exploring Marburg's surroundings. Crisp fresh air and endless postcard-perfect views, this town is much more than just its fairytale-themed center.
Maybe it is Marburg's enchanting castle that is the town's show-stopper, but this doesn't mean there aren't any other buildings worthy of a visit. One that is just as captivating is the town's St. Elizabeth's Church.
With construction commencing in 1235, not only is this one of the earliest Gothic churches in Germany, but it was also used as a model for the design of the famous Cologne Cathedral. Whether or not architecture is your area of expertise, you're bound to find yourself marveling at the church's impressive exterior, especially as night falls!
The Lahn River
And if you didn't think Marburg was idyllic enough, it has its very own river which runs peacefully through its heart. As summer rolls in there's no better place to be for locals, students and visitors alike than the vibrant riverside.
Whether you rent a canoe, grab some German hearty food and a beer in one of the many cafés that line the Lahn, or simply perch yourself bankside with a picnic, there's nowhere better in Marburg to watch the world go by, particularly on a warm German summer day.