The impressive castle-fortress, around which themedieval Marburg was built, is located on the top of the 287-meter hill calledSchlossberg. The citadel on this site existed back at the turn of the XI-XIIcenturies. However, the castle acquired its present architectural look roughly inthe XVI century. Today, the fortress hosts an interesting museum of localhistory, where you can see personal belongings, books, and works of art thatbelonged to the German aristocracy of the XVI-XIX centuries. The visitors areoffered tours to the casemates, the weapons room, to the Witch Tower and theobservation deck, offering an amazing view of Marburg, the Lahn River and the34-meter tower of Kaiser Wilhelm (1890) located on the opposite bank of theriver.
Travelers can also visit the old parts of the castle – the chapel, andthe Prince's Hall (Fürstensaal) of the XIV century. It is considered Germany’s largestsecular hall in the Gothic style. It was here that the famous three-day Marburgdispute about religion between Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli took place in1529. The Prince’s Hall is decorated with a precious relic - an ancienttapestry depicting scenes of the biblical story about the prodigal son. There isa park around the castle with lots of winding stone paths, steep stairs. Hereyou can see the ruins of ancient fortifications and religious buildings. There isa restaurant in an open area near the entrance gate that offers traditionalHessian cuisine. Beautiful views of the city and its surroundings open from therestaurant.