After my first day in Frankfurt with my friend Beth, we set off with another of our friends Georgia (plus her visitor) on a day trip to Marburg, an old University town about an hours train ride north of Frankfurt. Unfortunately the weather was rather grey and it was very cold – as the weather forecast informed us, it was -4 degrees outside which made NRW’s (Nordrhein Westfalen) temperatures seem rather tropical! On arrival in Marburg, Georgia led the way and took us up to the Schloss which I must warn you, is quite a trek and the roads are rather steep and almost all cobbled.
Finally we made it to the top and spent some time admiring the view ie. catching our breath, before descending back down into the heart of the Altstadt in search of the famous Auflauf which we had promised ourselves for lunch.
We ended up having a delicious Auflauf lunch in the ‘Early’ Restaurant on Wettergasse, a small but cosy place that I would recommend if you ever find yourselves in Marburg. I should probably also explain what exactly an Auflauf is, as you may be wondering – an Auflauf is a dish that is backed in the oven and can be sweet or savoury, and also includes dishes such as pasta bakes, gratins or even casseroles.
After lunch we bumped into yet another Soton-er, who is studying in Marburg this year, who also happened to have a visitor with her for the weekend. Amy showed us around for a while and pointed out a few interesting buildings whilst also telling us a little bit about the connection the town has with the famous fairy take writers, the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers actually studied in Marburg and throughout the town are several sculptures of some of the characters from their stories.
In the main square, to the left of the Rathaus (Town hall) there is a building with seven huge fly sculptures, which begin the story of the “Das Tapfere Schneiderlein” (The Brave Little Tailor) which tells the story of a tailor and how his cleverness leads to a place in the King’s court…
At about 4 o’clock, we decided that it was starting to get colder and that having seen everything there was to see, we said our farewells to Marburg and hopped aboard the train back to Frankfurt