Marburg is a quirky university town located not far from Frankfurt am Main. Though it isn’t big or one of Germany’s more famous cities, it warrants a quick day trip if you’re interested in seeing someplace quintessentially German but but with fewer tourists. Cobblestone streets, a castle on a hill, outdoor spaces to enjoy, funky bars and cafes.
I’m no expert, but here are some of my favorite things in Marburg!
- If you ask me, the best part about Marburg is the Oberstadt. Rain or shine, strolling through its winding streets is still my number one suggestion for visitors.
- Marburg is known for two things: its castle and Elizabeth Church (don’t forget about the little Michelchen). If you do hike up to the castle make sure to take in one of the best views of the surrounding city.
- Stroll through Schlosspark, one of my favorite spots to sit and read.
- Wednesday and Saturday farmer’s markets.
- No German day is complete without a 4-o’clock Kaffe-Kuchen. Cafe Vetter is one of my favorites, but there are so many to choose from! If you’re an American who’s sick of German cake (what is wrong with you?!) and just want a donut, Marburg now has its very own Dunkin Donuts.
- The last Saturday of the warmer months (March-November, I believe) there’s a giant flea market on the grounds of the Waggonhalle. Grab a coffee, wander around, buy a table. You can find some really cool things there. There are lots of flea markets around the city, but I was never able to sort out all the details.
- Spend some time on the Lahn. There’s always something going on along the banks of Marburg’s river; you name it, it’s there: BBQs, paddleboating, games, festivals, rubber duck races.
- Marburg is right in the middle of Germany’s Fairytale Road, so naturally there’s a connection to the famous stories by the Brothers Grimm. There’s actually way more than just one. Luckily, there’s a tour at the end of each month. If tours aren’t your thing, grab a map and go at it on your own.