Old town and the castle of the Landgrave
The historic market place, the heart of the town, is the meeting place for this rich and interesting tour. Today as it was in the past, the square remains the centre of town life with its fountain and the town hall, built in the late-Gothic style between 1512 and 1526, with its famous cock on the gable of the stair tower.
Winding lanes and staircases lead the way to the hill "Schlossberg". As early as the 13th century the first Landgrave of Hesse demonstrated his power over the valley of the Lahn with an imposing structure. Each successive state leader changed and enlarged the castle according to their whims, so that today it remains a witness to past ages. There’s hundreds of years of history within the walls of this interesting castle, reaching back all the way to the 9th and 10th centuries.
The castle attained geopolitical significance back in the autumn of 1529: Landgrave and reformer Philipp the Magnanimous invited the representatives of both disputed Protestant confessions, the Lutherans and the Reformists to conciliation talks, known as the Marburg Colloquy, which unfortunately concluded without success. One important section of the castle, which is now owned by University of Marburg, houses the Museum for Cultural History.
Please observe the castle of the Landgrave opening times.
The best starting point for the tour is the market place. You can of course select alternative meeting places such as in a restaurant or at a bus car park. Of course, this will change the duration of the tour accordingly.
Marburg Stadt und Land Tourismus GmbH
Phone: +49 6421 99120
Fax: +49 6421 991212
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.