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Chemistry - on Lahnberge (2006)
By now (2009) almost all scientific insitutes are on Lahnberge, the hill in Marburg’s east. These are chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, maths, geology (northern buildings) and biology (southern unit). It is also here where the new botanical garden is located.
The buildings are dated 1970 and following, quite ugly concrete work (I was shocked when I saw them at my first visit), but be sure, it is fun to study here. Not only for the studies but also for the possibilities to do some walking in the dense surrounding forests and mushroom picking.
A lot has changed since I left. The buildings are still ugly but at least the newer ones are a bit nicer. There is a canteen up here, between the chemistry part and the university hospital, which is excellent (I can judge from last October). The university hospital is also famous and excellent. My father was here for a serious OP last October and he was satisfied both by the quality of the surgeons and staff and the hospital and its facilities.
In addition and very much actual with the news of swine flu in Mexico (April 2009): Marburg’s insitute of virology is quite famous throughout Germany, one of the first ones with high security virus lab. On April 27, 2009, the news published that the isitute in collaboration with Novartis Behring (located in Marburg as well) are currently working on a vaccine.
See Marburg’s bus system: take a bus which goes to Klinikum (line 6, 7 or 11) and get off at Hans-Meerwein-Strasse.
I wrote this tip in September 2006, but have exchanged photos and revamped the text (April 2009).
When I drove back home from Marburg I have decided to take another route (= not the one down south via Gießen) and continued east to eventually get on A5 motorway. The landscape is wonderful, mostly farmland and tiny villages here and there. And suddenly I saw a village with a hill and on top a castle. It looked so beautiful that I decided to make a detour and find out what it was. My map mentioned Schweinsberg and although it is less than 10 km east of Rauischholzhausen, Amöneburg and Roßdorf, where I had been many times during my study years, I don’t recall to have been here before. The story of Burg Schweinsberg is a very local one, their owners have never really taken sides with the rulers of the surroundings, thus stayed quite independent over the years. But at a point in time they died out and the castle almost decaed. In 1982 two families acquired the castle as a kind of leasehold for 99 years but with the commitment to make it fit for habitation. Everything was restored and by now it houses 5 owner-occupied flats. My god, can you imagine to have a flat in a castle?? That’s why it is not allowed to visit the castle. But the garden around it is nice for a stroll, and the village as well. There is a little bakehouse and a millhouse, but when I was there on a holiday, everything was closed. But I liked walking around the castle.
It is southeast of Amöneburg, accessible via road L 3073 from Amöneburg. In addition, Schweinsberg has a train station (with connections to Amöneburg).
The one and only - Schnitzelranch :-)
I have added this to the off-path section and not to restaurants where it theoretically belongs, because in a way it is a place of pilgrimage for local residents and students. Publician Rita Kräling was an icon (and still is) with her restaurant Zum Weißen Röß’l. The restaurant opened in 1967 by Rita’s parents who also owned a butchers’ shop. Rita took over both 1980 and it continued to be a huge success, mainly because of their huge portions and really good meals. No one though knows her restaurant under the real name, but everyone would know it as Schnitzelfarm (cutlet ranch) because when we had one cutlet meal there we would not be hungry for the rest of the week, so big the portions were. Imagine a plate of 30 cm of diametre: 2/3 of it would be the cutlet and 1/3 the accompanying french fries. The prices are extra special as well, no cutlet dish would be more than 6 € (look at the link, it is the menu).
I have read on her website though that it is closed now due to health reasons and that Rita Kräling thinks about selling it. I only hope (and I am sure many locals as well) that in case she really sells the restaurant, the new owner will keep the traditions so that Schnitzelfarm will survive as what it was to us: the cult restaurant when we wanted to eat a really good cutlet!
(It was open when I was there last May, but I was on my way back home so I didn't eat there. Now I regret this very much!!).
Drive to Marburg’s east, direction Amöneburg, Roßdorf, Schröck (L 3289). Drive into Roßdorf and turn right into Waldstraße when the street makes a left turn. It is in front of you after 100 m, with big parking lot and the half round flat annex to the right.
Waldstraße 9, 35287 Amöneburg-Roßdorf
Phone: +49 (0)6424 - 6834
Beautiful entrance portal of Elisabethquelle
According to the legend, St. Elisabeth made several stops here to get water. The water was said to have healing effects. That’s why this spring was a place for pilgrimage already soon after her death and a little chapel once stood here. It was removed in 1527 but already in 1596 another bigger chapel was built around the spring. It looks a bit like Petra in Jordan now. But be careful, the water is no drinking water anymore. Maybe a result of the land cultivation and thus contamination of ground water? Oh and it is said to have been a cult place in prehistoric times.
From Lahnberge (science universities) drive direction Schröck (road L 3289). As soon as you come out of the forest, you will see the hilltop village of Amöneburg to your left and approach the village of Schröck. When the road makes a left turn, look for the sign Elisabethquelle which leads into the forest to your right.
Amöneburg on top of the old volcano
The region east of Marburg is extensive and very rich farmland and mostly flat except one little hill with a village on top. But then this is more than a mere hill, it is of volcanic origin. It was already inhabited in prehistoric times and in 8th century Bonifatius had a little monastery built here. Over the time a town was built around the monastery, which even had the right to mint coins until 1320. The town was heavily destroyed during 30 Years’ War and only partly rebuilt thereafter.
It is a perfect place for a very much relaxed day out. The hilltop location offers a magnificent 360° panorama view during a walk along the remains of the city wall. In addition to Amöneburg’s cultural significance a special variety of rare plants and animals found their home here on the former volcanic slopes. A nature information centre (NIZA) explains this in detail and it is also located in a nice setting: a former bewery. A nature trail with 23 explanatory plaques leads around the hill. The link I’ve added below leads to more information about the nature reserve. It is in German, but shows the rare plants (with Latin name) and animals (with sound and Latin names). Look for „Freizeit, Natur, Tourismus, Kultur” in the blue field on the top and then the link on the upper right (in the white field) Naturschutzgebiet (NSG) Amöneburg”.
From Lahnberge (science universities) drive direction Großseelheim/Kleinseelheim (road L 3088). You will have the hilltop village of Amöneburg in front of you. Continue until a T-section and turn left (north). Approx. 400 m later, turn right (east) direction Amöneburg.
Rauischholzhausen, the magnificent castle
Approximately 10 km to Marburg’s east lies Rauischholzhausen, a lovely little village with a pure gem of a castle. It is the castle of the noble family of Rau of Holzhausen (thus the name) who owned a great portion of the surrounding land and a farm in the past. 1871, Baron von Stumm (a relative of the Stumm dynasty in Saarland) bought the property and built the castle as we see it today in a Neoclassical style. It is a beautiful castle both from inside and outside and very much picturesque in spring and autumn when the ivy at the walls change its colour. The surrounding park is very pleasant for a stroll and a relaxed time. I was here very often when I lived in Marburg, the park was a perfect environment for some hours of learning.
Inside the castle is a café which serves coffee, tea, soft drinks, cakes and snacks. They also provide outdoor seating in the warmer months. When I was revisiting in May 2008 they were preparing a concert, thus the café was closed as well as the park. But I heard that their cakes are still delicious and very reasonable in price.
The castle belongs to Justus Liebig University of Giessen and they rent it for congresses.
Drive to Marburg’s east, direction Amöneburg, Schröck or Roßdorf (road L3289). Just before you enter Roßdorf, turn right (south) direction Rauischholzhausen. Once you are in the village, just follow the signs for Schloß Rauischholzhausen (it will be a right turn and then it is at the end of the street “Am Park”.
I am not sure if there is public transport to the castle. But there is public transport from Marburg to Roßdorf, which is approx. 1 km north of Rauischholzhausen.
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