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is a university town in the German federal state (Bundesland) of Hesse, capital of the Marburg-Biedenkopf
district (Landkreis). The town area spreads along the valley of the river Lahn
and has a population of approximately 72,000. Having been awarded town privileges in 1222, Marburg
served as capital of the landgraviate of Hessen-Marburg
during periods of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. The University of Marburg
University of Marburg
was founded in 1527 and dominates the public life in the town to this day.


1 History

1.1 Founding and early history 1.2 St. Elizabeth of Hungary 1.3 Capital of Hessen 1.4 Reformation 1.5 Romanticism 1.6 Prussian town 1.7 Twentieth century

2 Politics 3 City partnerships

3.1 Coat of arms

4 Marburg
virus 5 Green city 6 Climate 7 Main sights and points of interest 8 Sons and daughters of the town

8.1 Nineteenth century 8.2 Twentieth century

9 Rezeption 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

History[edit] Founding and early history[edit] Like many settlements, Marburg
developed at the crossroads of two important early medieval highways: the trade route linking Cologne
and Prague
and the trade route from the North Sea
North Sea
to the Alps
and on to Italy, the former crossing the river Lahn
here. The settlement was protected and customs were raised by a small castle built during the ninth or tenth century by the Giso. Marburg
has been a town since 1140, as proven by coins. From the Gisos, it fell around that time to the Landgraves of Thuringia, residing on the Wartburg
above Eisenach. St. Elizabeth of Hungary[edit] In 1228, the widowed princess-landgravine of Thuringia, Elizabeth of Hungary, chose Marburg
as her dowager seat, as she did not get along well with her brother-in-law, the new landgrave. The countess dedicated her life to the sick and would become after her early death in 1231, aged 24, one of the most prominent female saints of the era. She was canonized in 1235.

St. Elizabeth Church (Marburg)

Capital of Hessen[edit] In 1264, St Elizabeth's daughter Sophie of Brabant, succeeded in winning the Landgraviate of Hessen, hitherto connected to Thuringia, for her son Henry. Marburg
(alongside Kassel) was one of the capitals of Hessen from that time until about 1540. Following the first division of the landgraviate, it was the capital of Hessen-Marburg from 1485 to 1500 and again between 1567 and 1605. Hessen was one of the more powerful second-tier principalities in Germany. Its "old enemy" was the Archbishopric of Mainz, one of the prince-electors, who competed with Hessen in many wars and conflicts for coveted territory, stretching over several centuries.

from Georg Braun
Georg Braun
and Frans Hogenberg's atlas Civitates orbis terrarum, 1572

After 1605, Marburg
became just another provincial town, known mostly for the University
of Marburg. It became a virtual backwater for two centuries after the Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years' War
(1618–48), when it was fought over by Hessen- Darmstadt
and Hesse-Kassel. The Hessian territory around Marburg
lost more than two-thirds of its population, which was more than in any later wars (including World War I
World War I
and World War II) combined. Reformation[edit] Marburg
is the seat of the oldest Protestant-founded university in the world, the University of Marburg
University of Marburg
(Philipps-Universität-Marburg), founded in 1527. It is one of the smaller "university towns" in Germany: Greifswald, Erlangen, Jena, and Tübingen, as well as the city of Gießen, which is located 30 km south of Marburg. In 1529, Philipp I of Hesse
arranged the Marburg
Colloquy, to propitiate Martin Luther
Martin Luther
and Huldrych Zwingli.

on the Lahn

Romanticism[edit] Owing to its neglect during the entire eighteenth century Marburg
– like Rye or Chartres
– survived as a relatively intact Gothic town, simply because there was no money spent on any new architecture or expansion. When Romanticism
became the dominant cultural and artistic paradigm in Germany, Marburg
became interesting once again, and many of the leaders of the movement lived, taught, or studied in Marburg. They formed a circle of friends that was of great importance, especially in literature, philology, folklore, and law. The group included Friedrich Karl von Savigny, the most important jurist of his day and father of the Roman Law
adaptation in Germany; the poets, writers, and social activists Achim von Arnim, Clemens Brentano, and especially the latter's sister and the former's later wife, Bettina von Arnim. Most famous internationally, however, were the Brothers Grimm, who collected many of their fairy tales here. The original building inspiring his drawing Rapunzel's Tower stands in Amönau near Marburg. Across the Lahn
hills, in the area called Schwalm, the costumes of little girls included a red hood. Prussian town[edit] In the Austro-Prussian War
Austro-Prussian War
of 1866, the Prince-elector
of Hessen had backed Austria. Prussia won and took the opportunity to invade and annex the Electorate of Hessen
Electorate of Hessen
(as well as Hanover, the city of Frankfurt, and other territories) north of the Main River. However, the pro-Austrian Hesse- Darmstadt
remained independent. For Marburg, this turn of events was very positive, because Prussia decided to make Marburg
its main administrative centre in this part of the new province Hessen-Nassau
and to turn the University of Marburg
University of Marburg
into the regional academic centre. Thus, Marburg's rise as an administrative and university city began. As the Prussian university system was one of the best in the world at the time, Marburg
attracted many respected scholars. However, there was hardly any industry to speak of, so students, professors, and civil servants – who generally had enough but not much money and paid very little in taxes – dominated the town, which tended to be very conservative. Twentieth century[edit]

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (August 2013)

The Wettergasse in the Old City

Franz von Papen, vice-chancellor of Germany
in 1934, delivered an anti-Nazi speech at the University of Marburg
University of Marburg
on 17 June. From 1942 to 1945, the whole city of Marburg
was turned into a hospital with schools and government buildings turned into wards to augment the existing hospitals. By the spring of 1945, there were over 20,000 patients – mostly wounded German soldiers. As a result of its being designated a hospital city, there was not much damage from bombings except along the railroad tracks. In 1945, Marburg
became President and Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg's final resting place. His grave is in the Elisabethkirche. He is also an honorary citizen of the town. Politics[edit] As a larger mid-sized city, Marburg, like six other such cities in Hessen, has a special status as compared to the other municipalities in the district. This means that the city takes on tasks more usually performed by the district so that in many ways it is comparable to an urban district (kreisfreie Stadt). The mayor of Marburg, Thomas Spies, in office since December 2015, and his predecessor Egon Vaupel
Egon Vaupel
(directly elected in January 2005), are from the Social Democratic Party of Germany. His deputy, the head of the building and youth departments, Dr. Franz Kahle, is from Alliance '90/The Greens. The majority in the 59-seat city parliament is held by a coalition of SPD (22 seats) and Green (13 seats) members. Also represented are the factions of the Christian Democratic Union (14 seats), The Left (4 seats), the Free Democratic Party (2 seats), a CDU splinter group MBL (Marburger Bürgerliste – 2 seats), the BfM (Bürger für Marburg
– 1 seat) and the Pirate Party (1 seat). Among the left wing groups are ATTAC, the Worldshop
movement, an autonomist-anarchist scene, and a few groups engaged in ecological or human-rights concerns. The city of Marburg, similar to the cities of Heidelberg, Tübingen and Göttingen, has a rich history of student fraternities or Verbindungen of various sorts, including Corps, Landsmannschaften, Burschenschaften, Turnerschaften, etc. City partnerships[edit] Marburg
has the following sister cities:[2]

Poitiers, France
since 1961 Maribor, Slovenia
since 1969 Sfax, Tunisia
since 1971 Eisenach, Thuringia
since 1988 Northampton, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
since 1992 Sibiu, Romania
since Science City Of Munoz, Philippines, Municipal Climate Partnership, July 2016

Coat of arms[edit] Marburg's coat of arms shows a Hessian landgrave riding a white horse with a flag and a shield on a red background. The shield shows the red-and-white-striped Hessian lion, also to be seen on Hessen's state arms, and the flag shows a stylized M, blue on gold (or yellow). The arms are also the source of the city flag's colors. The flag has three horizontal stripes colored, from top to bottom, red (from the background), white (from the horse) and blue (from the shield). The coat of arms, which was designed in the late nineteenth century, is based on a landgrave seal on a municipal document. It is an example of a very prevalent practice of replacing forgotten coats of arms, or ones deemed not to be representative enough, with motifs taken from seals. Marburg
virus[edit] Main article: Marburg
virus The city's name is connected to a filovirus, the Marburg
virus, because this disease, a viral hemorrhagic fever resembling ebola, was first recognized and described during an outbreak in the city. Workers accidentally were exposed to infected green monkey tissue at the city's former industrial plant (1967), the Behring-Werke, then part of Hoechst and today of CSL Behring, founded by Marburg
citizen and first Nobel Prize in Medicine winner, Emil Adolf von Behring. During the outbreak, 31 people became infected and seven of them died. "Marburg virus" is named after the city per the custom of naming viruses after the location of their first recorded outbreak, this being given the name, Marburgvirus. Green city[edit] Many homes have solar panels and in 2008 a law was passed to make the installation of solar systems on new buildings or as part of renovation projects mandatory. 20 percent of heating system requirements ought to have been covered by solar energy in new buildings. Anyone who fails to install solar panels would have been fined €1,000. The new law, approved on 20 June 2008, should have taken effect in October 2008,[3] however, this law was stopped by the Regierungspräsidium Giessen in September 2008.[4] Climate[edit]

Climate data for Marburg

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 2.3 (36.1) 4 (39) 8.7 (47.7) 13.6 (56.5) 18.2 (64.8) 21.4 (70.5) 23 (73) 22.5 (72.5) 19.2 (66.6) 13.3 (55.9) 7.1 (44.8) 3.6 (38.5) 13.07 (55.49)

Daily mean °C (°F) −0.1 (31.8) 1.2 (34.2) 4.6 (40.3) 8.8 (47.8) 12.9 (55.2) 16.1 (61) 17.8 (64) 17.4 (63.3) 14.3 (57.7) 9.5 (49.1) 4.6 (40.3) 1.4 (34.5) 9.04 (48.27)

Average low °C (°F) −2.4 (27.7) −1.5 (29.3) 0.6 (33.1) 4 (39) 7.7 (45.9) 10.9 (51.6) 12.6 (54.7) 12.3 (54.1) 9.5 (49.1) 5.8 (42.4) 2.1 (35.8) −0.7 (30.7) 5.08 (41.12)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 57 (2.24) 45 (1.77) 58 (2.28) 50 (1.97) 70 (2.76) 71 (2.8) 68 (2.68) 61 (2.4) 60 (2.36) 61 (2.4) 57 (2.24) 66 (2.6) 724 (28.5)

Source: Climate Marburg
(Hesse) (in german), accessed 19 December 2017

Main sights and points of interest[edit]

Town hall and market place with fountain (January 2016)

remains a relatively unspoilt, spire-dominated, castle-crowned Gothic or Renaissance city on a hill partly because it was isolated between 1600 and 1850. Architecturally, it is famous both for its castle Marburger Schloss
Marburger Schloss
and its medieval churches. The Elisabethkirche, as one of the two or three first purely Gothic churches north of the Alps
outside France, is an archetype of Gothic architecture in Germany. Much of the physical attractiveness of Marburg
is due to Hanno Drechsler who was Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
between 1970 and 1992. He promoted urban renewal, the restoration of the Oberstadt (uptown), and he established one of the first pedestrian zones in Germany. Marburg's Altstadtsanierung (since 1972) has received many awards and prizes.[citation needed] Parks in the town include the Old Botanical Garden, as well as the new Botanical Garden outside the town proper. The Marktplatz is the heart of Marburg's old town. In the center is a fountain dedicated to St. Georg, a popular meeting place for students. To the south is the old town hall and the path leading north winds its way up to the palace overlooking the town. Sons and daughters of the town[edit] Nineteenth century[edit]

Karl Knies

Ernst Wachler (1803-1888), lawyer and politician Karl Theodor Bayrhoffer
Karl Theodor Bayrhoffer
(1812-1888), professor of philosophy at the University of Marburg
University of Marburg
and freethinkers Karl Gustav Adolf Knies (1821-1898), economist Adolf Gaston Eugen Fick (1852-1937), ophthalmologist and inventor of the contact lens

Adolf Fick

Ernst von Harnack
Ernst von Harnack
(1888-1945), politician and resistance fighter against Nazism

Twentieth century[edit]

Ernst-Günther Schenck
Ernst-Günther Schenck
(1904-1998), doctor Otto John
Otto John
(1909-1997), President of the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection Hans Mommsen
Hans Mommsen
(1930-2015), historian Wolfgang Mommsen (1930-2004), historian Reinhard Hauff (born 1939), film director and screenwriter Margot Käßmann
Margot Käßmann
(born 1958), Lutheran theologian and pastor Dirk Kaftan
Dirk Kaftan
(born 1971), conductor Lars Weißenfeldt (born 1980), football player Lena Gercke
Lena Gercke
(born 1988), photo model and TV host


Cargo ship Marburg
on the Schelde
in 1966

In June 1958, the city of Marburg
took over the partnership of the German general cargo ship Marburg
of the Hamburg-American Packet Transit Actien-Gesellschaft (Hapag). References[edit]

^ "Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). January 2018.  ^ "Partnerstädte". City of Marburg
(in German). Retrieved 3 April 2010.  ^ German college town Marburg
becomes first in the nation to require solar panels on new buildings, International Herald Tribune ^ Marburger Solarsatzung vor dem aus (in german)

Further reading[edit]

in English

"Marburg", The Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.), New York: Encyclopædia Britannica, 1910, OCLC 14782424  John M. Jeep, ed. (2001). "Marburg". Medieval Germany: an Encyclopedia. Garland Publishing. ISBN 0-8240-7644-3. 

in German

Schönholz, Christian, Braun, Karl(Hrsg.): Marburg. Streifzüge durch die jüngere Stadtgeschichte. Ein Lesebuch 1960–2010. Jonas Verlag, Marburg
2010, ISBN 978-3-89445-437-1. Stößer, Anke: Marburg
im ausgehenden Mittelalter. Stadt und Schloss, Hauptort und Residenz. (=Schriften des Hessischen Landesamtes für geschichtliche Landeskunde 41). Selbstverlag des Hessischen Landesamtes für geschichtliche Landeskunde, Marburg
2011, ISBN 978-3-921254-80-6. Marbuch. 7. Auflage. Marbuch, Marburg
2003, ISBN 3-9806487-1-0 (umfassend, mit Stadtplan). Dettmering, Erhart: Kleine Marburger Stadtgeschichte. Pustet, Regensburg
2007, ISBN 978-3-7917-2086-9. IG Marburg
(Hrsg.): Marburg. Abbruch und Wandel. Städtebauliche Planungen in einer mittelalterlichen Stadt. Jonas Verlag, Marburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-89445-393-0. Graepler, Catharina, Stumm, Richard: Marburg
für Kinder. Jonas, Marburg
2008, ISBN 978-3-89445-408-1. Gimbel, Karl-Heinz: Das Michelchen, St. Michaelskapelle in Marburg
an der Lahn. Marburg
2010, ISBN 978-3-89703-748-9 (= Kleine Reihe von Marburg, Band 1). Rosa-Luxemburg-Club Marburg
(Hrsg.): Marburg
rauf und runter – Stadtspaziergänge durch Geschichte und Gegenwart. Marburg
2013, ISBN 978-3-939864-15-8. Großmann, Georg Ulrich: Marburg: Stadtführer. 3. Auflage, Imhof, Petersberg 2015, ISBN 978-3-86568-091-4.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marburg.

Official website of Marburg
(in German) + (in English) Marburg
travel guide from Wikivoyage

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