Marburg an der Lahn Shopping

  • Mutabor, interesting jewellery
    Mutabor, interesting jewellery
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  • Marburger Töpferhaus, entrance to the shop
    Marburger Töpferhaus, entrance to the...
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  • Arcularius bookshop, beautiful old relief
    Arcularius bookshop, beautiful old...
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    Arcularius: Beautiful stone decorations... and books

    by Trekki Updated Jun 22, 2010

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    Arcularius bookshop, beautiful old sign
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    It is quite obvious that this is a bookstore but the house, at least the ground floor, looks fascinating as well. Two cherubs guard the entrance to the store, but they are figures representing handicraft and farming: one holds a hammer and has a wheel at the bottom (photo 2) and the other holds a sickle (photo 3). On the other hand, the bookstore is old, founded in 1804, as the signature over the entrance says, so it is a bit of a mystery why the cherubs won’t hold owls, symbols for wisdom and books.
    The store has an excellent collection of books you won’t find in the usualy bookstore: critical ones, very much liberal texts, an excellent choice of travel books and a very big selection of calendars. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful an.. speaks English! Well, they sell also English books.
    Arcularious is the best choice for books about Marburg, while Elwert (see above) is more university subject oriented.
    Opening hours: Mo-Fri 9:00 – 18:30 and Sat 9:00 – 14:00
    As far as I could see, credit cards are accepted.

    What to buy: Update, June 2010:
    In case it gets lost, VT member Rana208 just wrote the following comment:
    "Not the bookshop was founded in 1804! It only took over the name of the former workshop of Wilhelm Arcularius... :-) Beautiful idea, isn't it?!"
    I keep my text above though, and together with his/her comment it will remind me to do proper research before I write something :-)

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    Marburger Töpferhaus: Hessen Pottery

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    Marburger Dippche - local pottery
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    The shop is located in a 19th century half-timbered house, for those who love a romantic ambience.

    What to buy: "Marburger Dippche": traditional pottery in the regional patterns, simple floral ornaments on dark green, brown, blue, or black ground.
    The shop also sells the typical grey and blue pottery from the Westerwald.

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    Mutabor (Schmuck, Licht und schöne Dinge): Beautiful home decoration

    by Trekki Updated May 1, 2009

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    Mutabor, beautiful home decoration
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    This shop is a lovely break in the “tradition” of chain stores which are “ulcerating” through Marburg and force traditional shops to go out of business (not only in Marburg but in many cities). It is rather new and they sell .. as the name Schmuck, Licht und schöne Dinge suggests, jewellery, light and beautiful things. When I was passing it it was already closed (my “playing tourist in Marburg” days were during Whitsunday weekend) and I regret that I didn’t found it earlier. I loved their lamps in the shop window and would definitely have bought one of these. They also had Pre-Colombian jewellery (the weblink is not of the shop, I have added it for the ones who never heard of the term) and funny hip rings and necklaces, other furniture, mostly wooden.
    Opening hours: Mo-Fri 11:00 – 18:00 and Sat 10:30 – 17:00

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    Beautiful Marburg pottery!

    by Trekki Updated May 1, 2009

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    Lovely Marburg pottery, Marburger T��pferhaus
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    The house at Steinweg No. 8 (see local customs section) is not only one of the most beautiful half-timbered houses in Marburg but it is also home to a pottery with very old tradition dating back several hundred years. And this, given all the globalisation and crappy destructive consolidation in Germany and elsewhere, is something very percious. The potter, Manfred Schneider, and his family live in this beautiful house and have their shop in the ground floor [first floor/US]. Already at the entrance to the shop is a wall covered with tiles bearing names of famous potters in this family. They produce according to age old patterns and decorations: dark brown, medium brown, dark blue and dark green, all glazed and with the typical flowers (six or more white dots around one dark brown or black dot, see photos). The showroom is huge and the products range from coffee cups to mugs, pitchers, plates and any other crockery one could imagine. I especially loved the fact that they make little ornaments with typical German fairytale figures, Gänseliesels (Goose Lizzies), geese, Litte Red Riding Hood, witches, hearts, butterflies and Christmas related ones.
    Prices vary depending on what you buy. I bought a pitcher (10 €), several cups (4-5 €) and several of their ornaments (1,50-2 €).
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 18:30, Sat: 10:00 – 17:00.
    Credit cards accepted.

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    Universitätsbuchhandlung Elwert: Excellent Bookstore "Elwert"

    by Trekki Updated Apr 25, 2009

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    Elwert Bookstore, Marburg, entrance Reitgasse
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    If you know some of my pages you might know that I am addicted to books and include bookshops in my tips wherever I find one. Marburg's best bookshop is Elwert. And of course, I was there at my recent visits so I can still judge. Moreover, they have increased quality and displaying the books, but they are still independent and don't need to follow rules of mass stores or chains.
    If you look for any specific book you most certainly will get it here. Take in mind that they are considering themselves as one of the city's university bookshop and have all books for the different study subjects available (law, science, medicine, pharmacy, theology, humanities). And they can order any book which is not in their stock, within one day.

    The paperbacks are in the "lower shop" with entrance at Pilgrimstein (= street, photo 2). The scientific and other books in the "upper shop" with entrance at Reitgasse (main photo).

    Elwert also has a funny feature: with the two locations of the shops there is no need to leave the shop and walk uphill or downhill to get to the other one, but there is a wee elevator (for two people only) connecting both shops. You can, of course, also use this elevator to shortcut your walk uphill, but be sure, you browse through the books as well.

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

    What to pay: The usual prices for books.

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    Marburg’s delicious souvenirs :-)

    by Trekki Updated Apr 25, 2009

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    Landgrave Bat - yummmmmm
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    You might like to consider bringing delicious souvenirs instead of those boring mugs, t-shirts or any other kitschy things. Marburg’s patisseries offer sweets to die for!
    For example, buy an original Landgrave Castle bat – in marsipan (1,50 €, 3 cm high). Or, surprise friends with the delicious Elisabethkugeln, chocolate balls, filled with cream (5 €). Or, Marburger Pflastersteine, Marburg cobblestone, also made of chocolate (3-5 €, depending on the size).
    The best of all (unfortunately without a picture) is Café Vetter’s famous Baumkuchen, a kind of pyramidal cake. But you can have a look on their website, unfortunately at the time being, internet cannot transfer taste. Café Vetter has a wealth of delicious other souvenirs and they also change their range of goods with the season. End of October for example they had (and have) extra special Christmas filled chocolate and cute tin boxes in several sizes.

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

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    Ahrens: Need a department store?

    by jackbrat Written Apr 11, 2006

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    Ahrens is a great department store right in the heart of Marburg. You name it, they have it. I would recommend the shoe department, a lot of great styles for reasonable prices. Their food floor is amazing especially for the weary traveller in need of food supplies.

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