Vila Vita Hotel & Residenz
Rosenstrasse 18-28, Marburg, Hesse, 35037, Germany
More about Marburg an der Lahn
the lamb fillet
Alte Universität seen from Rudolphsplatz
Rudolphsplatz and Alte Universität
Pottery on display
Patron Saint of Drinking?
Has anyone heard of Marburg's "Patron Saint of Drinking"? Supposedly in the old town pubs there is a bust relief of him, but not sure which ones. He's also known as "Fraele" and "Bleichenrat". He died in 1938 but there were articles still written about him as of 1987. His name was Georg Allendorf; he is my husband's great-grandfather. I've been to Germany many years ago and loved it. My family is thinking of a trip to Marburg someday. There are supposedly many stories about Georg. Does anyone have any recommendations on how and where to find a local guide (who speaks English) who knows the town's history, and could take us around town and to the pubs? This is a great site--love the pics and the info. Any help or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
Re: Patron Saint of Drinking?
Huh. I spent 11 years of my life in Marburg and have never heard of him...
You may want to contact the tourist information office: http://www.marburg.de/detail/24695
They will be able to provide a guide.
Or the city archive:
Apologies - the website on Stadtarchiv/city archive has no English translation, but I think you'll find the contact dates in the German version.
Travel Tips for Marburg an der Lahn
The town's general appearance is formed by the topography of the landscape. Marburg is situated in the valley of the river Lahn in a river bend. The old centre is the hill with the palace on top. The old town (Oberstadt) extends along the slopes of this hill.
Already in medieval times a settle ment of the Teutonic Order was built outside the town in the valley bottom around the 13th century pilgrimage church of St Elizabeth.
A suburb on the opposite side of the Lahn bridge (Weidenhausen) also has medieval origins.
The town grew around the foot of the old town hill in the 19th century with new suburbs being built in the valley bottom, and later also up the ridge (Lahnberge) on the outer side of the valley. In the 1970s some neighbouring villages were incorporated into the town, so that Marburg's boundaries now extend to the back side of the hills.
"Other cities have a university, Marburg is a university", as a saying states. The town has 75.000 inhabitants, among them 15.000 university students. All well-to-do Marburger citizens have, according to another old saying, four things: a house, a garden, a pig and a student.
If you ask me where the university is I'll answer: Take a map of the town and a saltshaker. Shake the saltshaker above the map. Then you see the location of the university.
In other words, there are university buildings all over town. The administration is located in Biegenstraße. Many historical buildings in the old town are occupied by university institutes. Most science and some medicine faculties are however located in the new (ugly) campus up on the Lahn hills.
The university was founded in 1527 by Landgrave Philipp the Generous of Hessen and named after the founder. His portrait is depicted on the university seal. A year earlier Philipp had introduced, as one of the first princes in Germany, the reformation. The closed-down Dominican monastery buildings became the first seat of the new university - these have been torn down in the 19th century and substituted by a neo-Romanesque complex which is nevertheless still named the Old University, only the church has survived.
A town with so many independent young adults must have a lively nightlife. The old town is full of little pubs and buzzing with life, except during the holidays - you notice immediately in the streets when the semester is over. In August when most students are away the town is more or less dead.
Website of Philipps-Universität Marburg
Thirsty from all the sight seeing ?
Walking up and down for sightseeing makes thirsty. There is no need to buy extra water bottles because the city is well equipped with fountains at every other road. Only make sure that it has a sign "Trinkwasser" (German for drinking water) or an icon with a cup. I also found fountains with a cup which was strikethrough. These wouldn’t be drinking water.
Some of these fountains are quite funny like the wild boar for eaxample. This one is at the castle hill, just when you leave the hill through the castle’s southern gate.
One remark about the fountain in my main photo: this is in Barfüßerstrasse (westward from market place and then on the right hand side where a tiny street leads uphill to the castle): the house next to it, to the left (west) was once a famous inn, Gasthof zum Bären, and Luther stayed here during Marburg Colloquy. But the inn is no longer in use, it is a shop by now and also the half timbered façade was plastered many years ago. I am not sure if Marburg’s officials would want to restore this house.
I wrote this tip in September 2006, but have exchanged photos and revamped the text (April 2009).
Slate Roofs and Facades
Slate is a popular and common material both for roofs and facades. This stone can be split into thin but durable slabs. These are then nailed to a wooden construction. Roofs with complicated shapes, angles and corners can better be done with the small slate slabs than with tiles. Slate coatings on facades are often used on the side of the house that is exposed most to the weather.
A good slater uses the small stone slabs to create patterns, even ornaments, like the eagle in photo2.
Photos 3-5 have been taken in black and white on purpose to emphasize the graphic structures.
Marburg is a very much liberal town :-)
Despite the very much right wing fraternities, the majority of Marburg’s studens were and obviously still are more left wing and liberal. No, this is not meant as a political tip, only as an explanation for the vistors who might see interesting graffiti and wonder why this is still in place. The bookstore Roter Stern (red star) is age old, has been in the same place already since ages when I started my studies in Marburg. (it is located in the street Am Grün, which leads south from the old university and is running parallel to Lahn river). But the graffiti in my main page is rather new, or at least not older than November 2005. It says Merkel das Ferkel, which is a pun saying something like A.M., the piglet (Ferkel = piglet). Well, it was obviously an artist who does not seem to love our actual (by the time I write this, April 2009 – we have elections in September 2009) chancellor.
I am pretty sure that my whole attitude and fight against greed, arrogance, megalomaniacs, corruption, lies and all that got most of its seed during my ten years studying in Marburg.
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Address: Rosenstrasse 18-28, Marburg, Hesse, 35037, Germany