Top things to do

Top Choice Area in Marburg

Altstadt

One of the joys of Marburg is simply strolling around its steeply winding medieval core. Its focal point is the Marktplatz; on the southern side is the historic Rathaus (1512). From there it’s a steep climb to the L…
Top Choice Cafe in Marburg

Café Barfuss

A local institution, humble Barfuss is a no-fuss, offbeat place with walls covered in coffee-sacks and an eclectic clientele of students, elderly couples and sociable drinkers. The diverse menu offers hearty, health…
Church in Marburg

Elisabethkirche

Built by the knights of the Teutonic Order between 1235 and 1283 (its two high spires were added later), the Protestant Elisabethkirche is Germany’s earliest purely Gothic hall church. The highlight inside is the Ho…
Jazz in Marburg

Jazzclub Cavete

Look for the stone wall on Steinweg studded with cow-, horse- and goat-busts to find this prime port of call for jazz and blues lovers. Monday is open-stage night (no cover charge), established acts strut their stuf…
Castle in Marburg

Landgrafenschloss

Perched at the highest point in Marburg is the massive Landgrave Castle, built between 1248 and 1300 by the first Hessian Landgrave, Heinrich I on the site of a previous stronghold. It offers panoramic views of buco…
German in Marburg

Bückingsgarten

Choose from two separate menus at this venerable restaurant, opened by G Dietrich Bücking in 1807 and now offering German standards alongside lesser-spotted international classics such as bouillabaisse. Dine inside …
German in Marburg

Zur Sonne

In the heart of the Markt you'll find 'To the Sun', a delightful restaurant that feels as though it's been serving meals to scholars and students since the days of Luther. Sit in the handsome timbered dining rooms, …
Bar in Marburg

Spock

This absinthe bar on the cusp of Marburg's Oberstadt serves much more than green fairies – while the wormwood-laced tipple is naturally there for the asking, it's really an all-round student and bohemian bar, laid-b…
Cafe in Marburg

Konditorei Vetter

The same family has been tending to tea-takers in this Konditorei (cake shop) and cafe for four generations. Enjoy the house-special chocolate-cream cake amid wicker-back chairs and classic 1970s lamps and with fine…
Club in Marburg

Trauma im G-Werk

This versatile, ubercool space, a self-proclaimed 'socio-cultural centre', hosts semi-regular parties, DJs, art shows, installations, live music, cinema and other cultural events. In keeping with its democratic, inc…