Marburg an der Lahn Off The Beaten Path

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    Philipps-University Marburg

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 9, 2011

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    Philipps-University Marburg
    Biegenstrasse 12
    Marburg, 35037
    ph: 01149-6421 / 282 6129
    fax: 01149-6421 / 282 8998
    email:Auslbera@verwaltung.uni-marburg.de

    Prominent teachers of Philipps-University Marburg are Denis Papin (1647-1712), invented the steam digester, a pressure cooker, professor of mathematics and physics at Marburg from 1688-1695, Christian Wolff (1679-1754), philosopher, mathematician, and scientist,
    best known as the German spokesman of the Enlightenment, professor of mathematics and philosophy at Marburg from 1723 to 1740 Emil von Behring (1854-1917), founder of the science of immunology, received the first Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1901,
    taught at Marburg from 1895 to 1916 Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976), theologian known for his programme to demythologize the New Testament, lecturer, later professor of new testament theology at Marburg from 1921 to 1951.

    www.study-in-hessen.de/front_content.php?idart=99&idcat=24&institution=11

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    St Jost Chapel

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 8, 2009

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    The little chapel belonged to the hospital at the far end of the suburb of Weidenhausen. It is surrounded by a small graveyard. The chapel was begun around 1330 and extended in 1580.

    The modern highway has cut it off Weidenhausen. To reach the chapel, you have to cross the highway on the pedestrian bridge.

    Next to the chapel there used to be a good Greek restaurant with a nice beergarden - I'm not sure if it still exists.

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    Archivschule

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 4, 2009

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    Archivschule

    The Archivschule (archive school) is associated with the State Archive. It is the only such school in Germany and trains archive staff. Many of the students already hold a degree and a PhD in history, then got a job at one of the big archives and were sent here for further training.

    Their website is useful for anyone who plans historical research in Germany and elsewhere. It contains a portal with links to all larger archives in Germany and in many other countries in Europe and overseas.

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    Roter Stern bookstore and cafe

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 4, 2009

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    After the student riots of 1968 Marburg university had a reputation of being very "left" politically. Roter Stern ("Red Star") is a child of those times that has survived. The bookstore and the cafe were founded and run by a student cooperative. The bookstore has a more "alternative" programme than those in the Oberstadt. The cafe also has an "alternative" flair. Their wholemeal cakes are really good. In summer you can sit on a small terrace at the back of the house right on the river bank.

    Location: Am Grün, a few steps from Rudolphsplatz

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    Synagogue

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 2, 2009

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    The building is a unique example of expressionist architecture in Marburg. Erected in 1930/31, it first served as office building. In the 1960s it became a supermarket, then again seat of the offices of a health insurance (AOK). A few years ago the Jewish community has bought the then empty building and turned it into a synagogue.

    Location: Südviertel, Liebigstraße

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    Michelchen - St Michael's Chapel

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 2, 2009

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    The little church of St Michael, consecrated in 1270, served as cemetery chapel for the hospital and the Teutonic Order, later also for citizens of the town. Locals affectionately call the cute little church "Michelchen". It is situated on the hillside above Elisabethkirche, surrounded by the former graveyard with some old tombstones and trees.

    At the moment (2009) the interior of the chapel is undergoing restorations and cannot be visited. The romantic location nevertheless makes the detour worthwhile.

    The chapel is hidden - to find it, climb the stairway among the houses on the other side of Elisabethstraße opposite the steeples and main portal of Elisabethkirche.

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    Ketzerbach

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 2, 2009

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    Ketzerbach is the small valley north of the castle hill that ends at Elisabethkirche, and also the name of the main street along this valley. There used to be a small stream in the middle of the street which has been covered and hidden underneath street tarmac decades ago. In recent years the street has been redesigned and now a waterflow is back in the middle of the road.

    Those of you who speak some German, note the particularities of local grammar. Despite all rules of the German language which say "der Bach" (stream) is masculine, in Marburg it is "die Ketzerbach" and also "die Marbach".

    The three-storey baroque house on the left side has been renovated in the 1990s and become the seat of the town library.

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    Auferstehungskirche and Graveyard

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 1, 2009

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    The little church, built in the 18th century, can be found in Barfüßertor outside the old town. The church itself is nowadays used by the independent Lutheran church community (SELK - Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche) and usually closed. On the slope around it, however, there is an abandoned graveyard with many old tombstones, a romantic spot which is worth a look. Among tombs and trees you cathc glimpses of the Oberstadt buildings which make nice photo opportunities.

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    Südviertel

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 31, 2009

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    Südviertel, the "Southern Quarter" in the valley bottom south of the old town, is one of Marburg's 'better' quarters to live. It was planned and built in the late 19th and early 20th century. Most houses are freestanding villas with gardens and trees and flowers. The stylish alleys have villas in mostly neo-medieval styles. Art nouveau is rare but there are some buildings around Friedrichsplatz, the heart of the quarter.

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    Laundromat plus Pub: Clever Business Idea

    by Kathrin_E Written May 31, 2009

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    Bistro Waschbrett

    Watching your laundry turn inside a washing machine might become boring after a while. Someone in Marburg had a clever idea: a laundromat combined with a pub. You can have a drink and something to eat while waiting for your laundry to be finished instead of watching that poor TV programme.

    Location: Bistro Waschbrett, Südviertel, corner Gutenbergstraße/Jägerstraße

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    Spiderman in Marburg

    by Kathrin_E Written May 31, 2009

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    Spiderman in Marburg

    Unusual architectural surroundings for Spiderman, who is used to concrete and steel. He does not seem to mind, though.

    Spiderman is on his "off the beaten path" tour in Barfüßerstraße between Marktplatz and Hofstatt. There is a comic store in the house behind...

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    Hirsemühle - Millet-Seed Mill

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 31, 2009

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    The old mill building on the Lahn bank has long been out of operation, nowadays it is a house to live in. The mill works have been removed.
    If you pass by, do not miss a look into the garden. A little stream in a deep hollow runs through it and by the stream you see a cute miniature mill operated by a gnome.

    Location: by the footpath along the left Lahn bank south of Weidenhausen, next to the Youth Hostel.

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    State Archive

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 29, 2009

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    The State Archive (Staatsarchiv Marburg) is one of three in the federal state of Hessen. It is the memory of the Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel and other territories in the northern half of Hessen. I have done excessive research there for my doctoral thesis and other projects...

    All information how to use the archive can be found on their website: http://www.staatsarchiv-marburg.hessen.de/ - the website is in German only, but without knowing German researching there will be very difficult anyway. If you need them, best contact them first by letter or e-mail, describe your research project, and you'll get an answer with some tips. This can save a lot of time.

    Even if you are not planning to do any research, the archive building is worth a look as it is a rare example of Nazi architecture. The archive moved into its present domicile in 1938. In those times there was a big stone eagle with swastika attached to the facade and the glass roof of the hall was also decorated with eagles and Nazi symbols. These have been removed after the war.

    Location: Friedrichsplatz, Südviertel

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    Science Unis at Lahnberge

    by Trekki Updated May 1, 2009

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    Chemistry - on Lahnberge (2006)
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    By now (2009) almost all scientific insitutes are on Lahnberge, the hill in Marburg’s east. These are chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, maths, geology (northern buildings) and biology (southern unit). It is also here where the new botanical garden is located.
    The buildings are dated 1970 and following, quite ugly concrete work (I was shocked when I saw them at my first visit), but be sure, it is fun to study here. Not only for the studies but also for the possibilities to do some walking in the dense surrounding forests and mushroom picking.
    A lot has changed since I left. The buildings are still ugly but at least the newer ones are a bit nicer. There is a canteen up here, between the chemistry part and the university hospital, which is excellent (I can judge from last October). The university hospital is also famous and excellent. My father was here for a serious OP last October and he was satisfied both by the quality of the surgeons and staff and the hospital and its facilities.

    In addition and very much actual with the news of swine flu in Mexico (April 2009): Marburg’s insitute of virology is quite famous throughout Germany, one of the first ones with high security virus lab. On April 27, 2009, the news published that the isitute in collaboration with Novartis Behring (located in Marburg as well) are currently working on a vaccine.

    Directions:
    See Marburg’s bus system: take a bus which goes to Klinikum (line 6, 7 or 11) and get off at Hans-Meerwein-Strasse.

    I wrote this tip in September 2006, but have exchanged photos and revamped the text (April 2009).

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    Schweinsberg, castle on a hilltop :-)

    by Trekki Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    When I drove back home from Marburg I have decided to take another route (= not the one down south via Gießen) and continued east to eventually get on A5 motorway. The landscape is wonderful, mostly farmland and tiny villages here and there. And suddenly I saw a village with a hill and on top a castle. It looked so beautiful that I decided to make a detour and find out what it was. My map mentioned Schweinsberg and although it is less than 10 km east of Rauischholzhausen, Amöneburg and Roßdorf, where I had been many times during my study years, I don’t recall to have been here before. The story of Burg Schweinsberg is a very local one, their owners have never really taken sides with the rulers of the surroundings, thus stayed quite independent over the years. But at a point in time they died out and the castle almost decaed. In 1982 two families acquired the castle as a kind of leasehold for 99 years but with the commitment to make it fit for habitation. Everything was restored and by now it houses 5 owner-occupied flats. My god, can you imagine to have a flat in a castle?? That’s why it is not allowed to visit the castle. But the garden around it is nice for a stroll, and the village as well. There is a little bakehouse and a millhouse, but when I was there on a holiday, everything was closed. But I liked walking around the castle.

    Directions:
    It is southeast of Amöneburg, accessible via road L 3073 from Amöneburg. In addition, Schweinsberg has a train station (with connections to Amöneburg).

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