Marburg is a beautiful medieval town well worth a visit. Its centrepiece is a pretty castle on top of a hill with a great view over the city and surrounding countryside. The castle museum (Landgrafenschloss Museum) however was not all that breathtaking. We paid 4 Euros a head to get in, mainly to see the much-advertised original 13th century Great Hall (Rittersaal). The reception was somewhat chilly: Compared to other museums we have been to, there was no greeting as we entered, or any offer of information on the museum, building or anything really. Instead, a bored member of staff barked at us sour-faced: "Wait!!! You have to put all your bags and coats in the locker!!! Otherwise you can't enter the museum!!" it sent out a bit of an old-fashioned school headmaster vibe, not so much a friendly-museum-guide-kind-of-vibe.
When we got to the much acclaimed 800 year- old Rittersaal, we were not exactly overwhelmed by period features, but by distasteful fading 1990's chairs and crude plastic speakers attached to the ancient walls. Obviously that room is used for concerts or for hire. Similarly, the room next door looks like some sort of reception room with a modern, scruffy carpet and sickly 80's furniture and painful metal-and-glass doors - makes it quite difficult to imagine what castle life may have been like back in the day.
Most of the displays appear to have been placed at random and information plaques are few and far between.
The Universitätenmuseum that is also in the castle (and included in the castle museum entry fee) is much better. It shows displays of artefacts of the past few hundred years, such as17th century furniture, 15th century lamps and carvings, 19th century clothing and many other items of everyday life.
Most of the collection was very nice and interesting, but not well presented and except for a few plastic models, there was no real information on the actual history of the castle, which somehow defeats the object of having a castle museum in the first place. It's not really a museum to take kids to, because they may be bored stiff.
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