Named after the old state capital, the Marburg-Biedenkopf District sits astride a great ridge running north/south in central Hesse. With the Nature Park Rothaargebirge to the west and the great Kellerwald forests to the east, the area is filled with mountainside and hilltop medieval towns.
Marburg-Biedenkopf District Map
Towns & Villages in the Marburg-Biedenkopf District
Having been known to be inhabited since the Stone Age, this city, Marburg, is rich in history. It has been used as a stronghold through the ages, including being a member of the Hanseatic League and a base for the Teutonic Knights.
Marburg was even a great pilgrimage site for St. Elisabeth for whom the capitals great cathedral is named after. It holds all its ancient charm as do so many locations in this district, with steep winding streets and half-timbered houses crammed together.
In the nearby valley of the Lahn, there are several spa towns. The flat lands to the east of the Marburg-Biedenkopf District are fertile for farming and offer up some sweeping landscapes.
And one town in the district, Cölbe, believes itself to be the geographical center of the entire European Union. Well, only until 2004 when that badge was given to another town (and yet another, and yet another). Seems like a fun lil’ euro-center-point-battle here… ;-)