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Marburg is nestled in the picturesque countryside of the Lahn Valley and is famous for being the place where Martin Luther preached against the doctrines of the Catholic Church.
At the top of the list of places not to be missed is Landgraves’ Schloss, a fort overlooking the lovely medieval old town. This is where, in 1529, Martin Luther and Zwingli conducted their debates on the foundations of religion that led to Protestantism and the split with the Catholic Church.
The golden shrine of St Elisabeth is also in Marburg and it still attracts pilgrims from across the globe. Other buildings of note include the world’s oldest Protestant University and structures originally used by the Order of Teutonic Knights.
Walking and outdoors enthusiasts should explore the lovely countryside of the Lahn valley by canoe or bicycle, or on foot. This region, which is famed for its scenic beauty, is also home to botanical gardens which offer a varied selection of flora and interesting tropical houses.
Cafés and pubs, where hearty German fare and great beer await, abound in the old town’s twisting streets. Shopping runs the gamut from elegant stores to tourist stalls and second hand shops. For culture, visit the open air theatre which stages plays, classical music performances and rock concerts throughout the summer.
Take time to visit Frankfurt, one of Germany’s most bustling and cosmopolitan cities. Historic sights to see here include the Goethe House, which was the birthplace of Germany's greatest writer in 1749. Also, visit the Dom, which was consecrated in 1239. This cathedral was chosen to serve as the electoral site for the kings of the Holy Roman Empire in 1356. You can spend the rest of your time wandering around the old town, which has been restored following devastating Allied bombing raids during WWII.
Driving from Kassel, take the A49 and then the B3. From Frankfurt am Main, follow the A5 to Giessen and from there, take the A480 to the B3. Hourly trains run to and from Frankfurt am Main and Kassel. Frankfurt Airport is around 90kms away.