Tolkien Seminar 2021 - "Tolkien and Politics"


By plane: the most convenient airports are Frankfurt and Kassel – from both Frankfurt am Main main station and Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe it is about an hour by direct train to Marburg (Lahn) main station. It is also possible to fly to Berlin or Munich, but then it takes a few hours to get to Marburg.

By train: The ICE and other regional trains between Frankfurt and Kassel stop in Marburg. With Kassel and Frankfurt being close, all train connections that lead to these cities bring you close to Marburg, too. The trains from Kassel and Frankfurt take c. 60 minutes to Marburg (Lahn) main station. From the main station, it only takes 5-10 minutes into the inner city. See also www.bahn.de.

See also the travel-information at: marburg-tourismus.de – Travel Information. You can also download maps of the city on this website. In addition, the university's website offers campus maps and site plans of the university buildings; look out for the "Audimax".

Getting around in Marburg: The university campus, most hotels and restaurants are all within 5 to 15 minutes walking distance from each other. In addition, many buses leave from the main bus station right in front of the main train station.


Here is a selection of conveniently situated hotels:

Welcome Hotel Marburg (Hotel at the Pilgrimstein near the Hörsaalgebäude; starting at 116 Euro per night double room)

Marburger Hof (Hotel near Elisabethkirche; starting at 57 Euro per night single room)

Hostel Marburg (Hostel directly situated at Marburg main station; starting at 20 Euro per night single room or shared rooms)

Elisabeth Bräu (Pension near Elisabethkirche; starting at 60 Euro per night double room, starting at 115 Euro per night apartment)

Gartenlaube Marburg (Pension near Elisabethkirche; starting at 59 Euro per night single room)

Hotel Haus Müller (Hotel in the Deutschhausstraße; starting at 49 Euro per night single room)

Pension Harmony (Hotel near the Pilgrimsteins at the foot of the Oberstadt; starting at 49 Euro per night single room)

B&B Hotel Marburg (Hotel in the Gutenbergstraße near Universitätsstraße and Oberstadt; starting at 69,30 Euro per night single room)

Zur Sonne (Hotel in the Oberstadt; starting at 46 Euro per night single room)

Stadthotel Marburg (Hotel near Marburg main station)


Food will be moderately priced (you can get a very decent and filling meal in a normal restaurant for 10-20 Euros; sometimes also cheaper in restaurants frequented by students) and I booked tables at a traditional inn (Zur Sonne) for dinner on Saturday. You can find many cafes and restaurants in the so-called Oberstadt, the historic old town of Marburg, particularly in the following streets: Steinweg, Wettergasse, Reitgasse, Marktgasse, am Markt and Barfüßerstraße. Marburg’s signature dish is ‘Auflauf’ (gratin) which you can get in various forms in the Oberstadt. You can also go for a cheap meal or snacks to one of the cafes and takeaway stands near the Hörsaalgebäude as well as to the restaurants at the Pilgrimstein and near the Welcome Hotel. Opposite the Elisabethkirche, there is also the ‘Multi-Kulti’, a mini canteen that offers very moderately priced meals and snacks.