Sightseeing In Marburg Germany

One of my goals for February was to run on my business trip to Europe. I made sure that I could check that one off by going for a run to do some sightseeing in Marburg on the morning I arrived. It was a great way to try to adjust to the time difference (a 7 hour flight doesn’t leave much time for sleep!) and explore the city.

On the way to my hotel, I had notice a running path that ran along the Lahn river, so I headed out that way.

Sightseeing In Marburg

When I first saw the castle off in the distance, I had no idea that I’d run/walk all the way up there several times! 

Marburg Castle

I had made it almost all the way to Marburg Castle when I was surprised by this red shoe:

Sightseeing In Marburg

According to an article I found on-line, this Red Shoe is part of a city-wide art installation that marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of a collection of fairy tales by the Brother’s Grimm, who studied law in Marburg. While Disney gave Cinderalla a glass slipper, they gave her a red shoe, but the people behind this art installation went with red. I guess even Cinderalla needs to keep up with the latest fashion trends!

Here’s a close-up of Marburg Castle:

Sightseeing In Marburg

On may way back down the hill, I had to stop and take a picture of this house:

Sightseeing in Marburg

Isn’t it so cute!

Following the road down the hill and around the corner, I came to the old town square and this beautiful City Hall building.

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St. Elizabeth’s Church

Marburg also is known for St. Elizabeth’s church (one of the first Gothic churches in Germany), and the ruins of St. Elizabeth’s hospital next door.  According to Wikipedia, Elizabeth of Hungary chose Marburg as her dowager seat in 1228, dedicated her life to the sick, and was canonized in 1235 after an early death at the age of 24.

Sightseeing in Marburg

Marburg also has some interesting “modern” buildings:

Sightseeing in Marburg

Love the color block windows!

My sightseeing in Marburg ended up covering about 4.3 miles, with at least 1 mile of walking up to the castle and back down.

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Once I got back to my hotel I was ready for lunch–and an espresso to help me stay awake until my dinner meeting!

Which is your favorite picture from my sightseeing in Marburg?

Do you like quirky public art installations?

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6 Responses to Sightseeing In Marburg Germany

  1. Love the architecture. And that was a gnarly hill. Thanks for sharing your travels!
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  3. Kim says:

    I like a lot of the pictures but my favorite is the red shoe because it is so random!!! I also like the building with the fun colored windows a lot!!
    What a great way to see some sights – a run and some fun pictures!!
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  4. Lisa says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Would love to go there someday.

  5. Carla says:

    you know the RED SHOE is my fave.
    Ive been to Germany a bunch.
    BUNCH.
    The airport 🙂 going to and fro other destinations (Africa).
    I need to stop and get out next time.
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