Let yourself drift through winding alleys, take relaxing walks along the waterfront and wander through enchanted gardens. Feast in fantastic restaurants and end the evening in the hotel SPA. This is my idea of a perfect weekend trip.
Marburg is the perfect place to get away from it all for a few days. An underestimated pearl in Hesse, which completely inspired me. So let’s go to Marburg before the pretty student city becomes the next trendy travel destination.
In this article I would like to make Marburg palatable to you. I show you the most famous sights and which culinary highlights await you in the city on the river Lahn. Furthermore, I will take you out into nature and on top of that I will tell you a treasure of overnight stays.
Where to stay in Marburg
During your city trip in Marburg you will stay in style at the Hotel VILA VITA Rosenpark. Spacious, modern rooms and a friendly service, which even brings a selection of the fabulous breakfast buffet to your room, await you. You will also enjoy Mediterranean food in the hotel’s own restaurant OLIVA and afterwards the 360 degree bar on the upper floor is the perfect place to end the evening.
The hotel’s SPA leaves nothing to be desired. Due to the current situation, only a limited number of guests are allowed and some wellness areas, such as the snow cabin, the brine gallery and the steam bath, are closed. Nevertheless, I was able to enjoy the wellness oasis with infrared seats, saunas and the foot massage path, and I was able to do my laps in the pool.
Wining & Dining: Where to eat in Marburg
Tapas, interpreted in a modern way, hotel breakfast in bed and the best vegetarian sushi I have ever had. Without a doubt Marburg has presented itself to me as a foodie paradise and I have rarely eaten as well as here. You can find the crème de la crème of Marburg’s gastronomy here. By the way, the reason for so much gourmet gastronomy is VILA VITA Marburg, which includes both the restaurants I recommend and the VILA VITA Rosenpark hotel.
First-class sushi and creative crossover cuisine will be served in the Marburg Esszimmer. The ingredients are carefully selected and the desert menu reads like poetry. Coldly served coconut milk rice with mango salpicon and passion fruit sorbet, chocolate churros with cinnamon sugar, Amarena cherry ragout and chocolate ice cream or rather speculoos tiramisu with ragout of Boskop apples and salty peanut ice cream. It’s not an easy choice, is it?
At the south gate of the castle the Restaurant Bückingsgarten invites you to enjoy and linger. In summer you can sit down in the beer garden with a fantastic view over the city. I visit Marburg on a cool autumn day and so I make myself comfortable inside, in a historical ambience. At the table buffet small, fine appetizers are served. From homemade falafel, pickled pumpkin to vegetables baked in tempura – à la bonne heure!
Aroma Bistro & Eisbar
The unbelievably creamy ice cream, which is served to you in the Marburger Esszimmer with the dessert creations, is available right next door in the Aroma Bistro & Eisbar. The ice cream parlour is probably the best in town and has been voted one of the 15 best ice cream parlours in Germany by “Der Feinschmecker”. Besides classics like chocolate and vanilla, you will also be spoiled with unusual varieties like pumpkin seed, asparagus and almond pesto. On top, the paper cups and ice cream spatulas are 100% compostable. Worth imitating!
Excursion tip in Marburg: Hike to Dagobertshausen
Wonderful paths through the Lahn Valley and over the Lahn mountains make you want to put on your hiking boots. The Lahnwanderweg is a long-distance hiking trail through Marburg. Starting at the source of the Lahn in Siegerland, the trail covers a total of 295 kilometres via Wetzlar, Weilburg and Bad Ems to Lahnstein. The Burgwaldpfad is also said to be picturesque. The starting point of the 49.2 kilometre route is the Elisabeth Church in Marburg’s old town. Then the path winds further north to Frankenberg.
This time I walk 7.5 kilometres on a section of route 1 of the hiking trail “Marburger erwandern”. I walk along secluded forest paths to Dagobertshausen. The rural village has nothing to do with Disney and Uncle Scrooge, but the destination of Dagobertshausen gives the hike a good dose of comedy.
Restaurant Waldschlösschen & Hofgut in Dagobertshausen
In Dagobertshausen a real gastronomic treasure awaits you. A charming half-timbered house has been home to the Waldschlösschen restaurant since 2012. From lunchtime to evening, changing seasonal and refined dishes are served in the cosy interior or on the idyllic terrace. From vegan stews to homemade pasta. On Sundays you can also enjoy a fantastic breakfast here. Unfortunately I missed that this time. A reason to visit Marburg and Dagobertshausen again soon.
Adjacent to the restaurant is the Hofgut Dagobertshausen, an event location in a class of its own. Jürgen Klopp already celebrated his 50th birthday in the noble-rustic ambience. There are also reasons to celebrate at the events that regularly take place here, such as the Christmas market or the harvest festival. Don’t miss a look at the farm shop. There you will not only find delicatessen from the region (the pumpkinecco is great) but also beautiful things to give away and decorate.You can also find a fine selection of delicatessen in the city centre of Marbug at VITA essentials.
Sightseeing in Marburg
Marburg is quite compact and has the ideal size to explore all the highlights on foot. So it’s made for drifting around. Beside the Marbuger Castle there are some more sights and great corners waiting to be discovered.
The Marbug Castle & the Castle Park
High above the old town of Marbug is the landgrave’s castle. An imposing building, it was built as a castle in the 11th century and served as the first residence of the Landgraviate of Hesse. Today the fortress houses the Museum of Cultural History and also serves as a venue for cultural events.
From the castle hill there is a magnificent view over the roofs of the town, the maze of alleys and the leaning tower of the Lutheran parish church. The castle is bordered by the castle park, including the rose garden, which invites you to stroll.
The old town of Marbug
Below the Schlossberg, pretty half-timbered houses are lined up along the winding alleys. More than 700 historic houses can be admired in the enchanting old town, which is called “Oberstadt” in Marburg. The central meeting point is the market place where you will also find the late gothic town hall.
The Elisabeth Church
Walking through the narrow streets of the upper town, you will sooner or later end up in front of the next magnificent building. The Elisabethenkirche lies at the foot of the Schlossberg and was built between 1235 and 83. This makes it the oldest purely Gothic church in Germany.
The Botanical Gardens
Besides the green spaces along the river Lahn and the palace park, the botanical gardens are the green oases of Marburg. Whoever has been reading my blog for a while knows that I have a weakness for beautiful parks and gardens. In Skåne, Cagliari and Münster I already practised the art of pleasure walking in botanical gardens. Now I was also able to get to know the flora of Marburg. In the middle of the centre you will find the Old Botanical Garden, which was laid out in 1786 as a French pleasure garden.
Outside the city centre on the Lahnbergen, the Botanical Garden of the Philipps University covers 20 hectares. The park was laid out between 1961 and 1977 and is home to countless plants from different climatic zones. It’s best to take plenty of time to stroll quietly through the huge garden with its unspoilt fern gorge and rhododendron forest.
A fantastic panorama of Marburg and the Landgrave’s Castle reveals itself on the Lahnbergen. To be more precise, the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower, which was also christened the Spiegelslustturm. The observation tower has been towering upwards since the end of the 19th century, and the tower café and the Turmstube with changing exhibitions and readings are located inside today.
Practical tips for your city trip to Marburg:
How to get there: Marburg is easily accessible by train within Germany. There are direct connections from Frankfurt am Main within one hour.
Transportation: The centre of Marburg can be easily explored on foot. Alternatively, you can take the castle bus (line 10). To get to the New Botanical Garden on the Lahnbergen, take bus 7 or 16 from the main station to the “Botanical Garden” stop.
Free WiFi: Via “City-Wifi” and “Freifunk Marburg” you can use free WLAN in large parts of the city area.
Air purifier: In order to provide the best possible protection for guests in the current situation, special Areosol air purifiers were installed in the restaurants Bückingsgarten, Maarburger Esszimmer, Waldschlösschen and OLIVA, which enable an increased air exchange.
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*This article was supported by Vila Vita Marburg. The experiences described remain unaffected.