Make an app. 60 km drive to the spring of the river Lahn and into the region of the „Sauerland“. If you have time for a whole day go on further to the mountain area at the „Kahlen Asten“ near Winterberg. Deep forests, gently spreading hills and valleys, lush meadows and romantic little villages with timber-framed houses – the Sauerland countryside has everything on offer for hikers, Nordic walkers, strollers and fresh-air fanatics. Within the low mountain range of the „Rothaargebirge“ you´ll find the origin of the 200 km long river Lahn. It will spread through the „Wittgensteiner Bergland“ and passes the little health resort Bad Laasphe, a spa with tradition, a historic old town with a mushroom museum and a radio museum.
Along the way Biedenkopf is worth to stop. 700 year long history with a landgrave castle, medivial timber-frame houses and a photografic-optic museum.
South-west of Marburg you reach Gießen after 30 km. It has been mentioned as a city in documents first in 1248. Worth to see: an old and a new castle, the original laboratory of Justus von Liebig, a famous chemist, and the Mathematikum – a museum about mathematics to see and tuch.
Just a few kilometers further you reach Wetzlar, an imperial town from 1180 to 1803. A picturesque old town, with narrow alleys, medivial market places, timber-frame houses and baroque style buildings. The town´s landmark is its dome with romanic and gothic elements. J.W. von Goethe lived here for one year and has been inspired to his novelle „Die Leiden des jungen Werthers“.
Have a look at the old mining tradition of Hessian at „Grube Fortuna“ just a short distance of Wetzlar away. Further 20 km west you should visit fabulous Schloss Braunfels, which is located above the same named town.
App. 40 km north of Marburg the "Edersee" attracts your attention. Primarily in summer it is very beautiful to walk over the big dam, take a boat or rent a bike to explore the pure nature around at Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee . Even a toboggan run in summer is funny for families.
Who takes the time to visit even the outer north of Hessian should visit the dome and emperor town of Fritzlar as well as Kassel, world cultural heritage since 2014. Both can be combined easily.
Fritzlar is a historic town of early middle ages with lots of timber framed houses.
Kassel is one of the biggest towns in Hessian, which has been almost totally destroyed during the second world war. In the end of the 1940s lots of industry caused an economical improvement. This helped to obtain historical monuments as the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. Many museums and exhibitions became some of the most famous in Germany and the world. Documenta, the Grimm brothers and the heritage of landgrave Carl earn notice to all, who are interesested in arts and culture of modern ages.