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Aula der Alten Universität und Altstadt

Auditorium of the old university and the old town

 © Georg Kronenberg

The Marburg Philipp’s University was founded in 1527 by Landgrave Philipp as the world’s first Protestant university. The Dominican abbey located on the town wall was transformed into the first university buildings.

In 1903 the unique interior of the auditorium of the new neo-Gothic university buildings designed by Carl Schäfer (1887-1891) was completed with the addition of paintings of Marburg’s history by the Düsseldorf painter Peter Janssen.

The contents of the paintings reference the historic events of the town of Marburg, from the acts of Saint Elisabeth to the start of the Reformation.

In the narrow lanes, you might come across numerous artefacts and traces of those famous figures such as the Brothers Grimm, Martin Luther and Nobel Prize winners such as Emil von Behring. As part of an extensive conservation project, many timber-framed houses in the old town have been renovated and today greet guests with their original, historical charm.

Visitors will witness a lively symbiosis of old and new, which is so typical for Marburg, on their way through the old town, which is lovingly known by the locals "Oberstadt".



The auditorium can be booked subject to availability, as the university reserves the right to make changes at any time.

The best starting place for this tour is the front courtyard of the old university. 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.

- currently not bookable -



Marburg Stadt und Land Tourismus GmbH
Tourist information

Biegenstraße 15
35037 Marburg

Phone: +49 6421 99120
Fax: +49 6421 991212

Opening times

Monday - Friday        9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday                  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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