Germany: Marburg

The small town of Marburg in Hesse was spared most of the bombing in WWII and preserves its medical character with many beautiful buildings that are several centuries old. The upper town or Oberstadt sits on a hill and everything here is vertical culminating with a fortress on top with panoramic views. The town below shapes concentrically around with streets lined up with cobblestone streets and squares with hundreds of colorful wood-frame houses seemingly overhanging the streets and often packed so tight that the sun gets obscured. The town is also home to the oldest Protestant university in the world founded in 1540. Finally, there is a spectacular two-towered cathedral.