Lübeck -  May 2013


On our way to the island of Rügen, from Hamburg, we visited another city of the Hanseatic League, a UNESCO Heritage site, home to Günther Grass and Willy Brandt, and the home of Niederegger Marzipan  : Lübeck!

  A very picturesque town with many historic sites.  We were very lucky to have a wonderful sunny day, walked around town, had lunch outdoors and took lots of pictures.  Here I have about 1/100th of the total.

First sight as you drive into town is the Holstentor. A Gothic brick construction, it is one of the two remaining gates to the city.  To the left you see the double spires of Marienkirche and to the right the one of Petrikirche.

Lübeck announces to the world :  "Harmony Inside - Peace Outside"


Once you enter the gates the architecture of the gate is very different.  The outside is to guard the city, hence not too many openings, whereas once you have entered town you see plenty of windows.



Next to the gate are the salt warehouses for storing the "White Gold" of the Middle Ages.  The facades were rebuilt in the 19th century.

The market square is flanked by the town hall [Rathaus], the Kaak and St. Mary's Church.

The market facade of the town hall. 


The other facade of the town hall with Renaissance steps.


The Kaak, on town square, where small time crooks were put on display during the Middle Ages.

Lunch on the square and enjoying the spring sunshine. 

Neideregger Cafe and after some coffee and marzipan, Stephan reorienting himself for more sightseeing.


Even though I never take pictures inside a church this triptych fascinated me.  Marienalter in St. Mary's church. 

Devil's Stone - Where there is a church, there always is a myth that goes with it.  Below is the one of Lübeck's Marienkirche.

                     And here is the devil himself.


We then walked all the way to the Dom, the cathedral, where I did another mea culpa ...


... and then we walked all the way to the other end of town - to Burgtor. Passing other historic buildings and shopping venues we arrived at the western gate of town.

Burgtor is the other gate that is still standing and was the only land protection to Lübeck.



 Finally we got back where we started and took the elevator/lift to the top of the St. Petri Church and had an overall summary of all we had done and seen during a long day.

From the tower we had a great view of the city including the parking lot where we had parked our car.
Tightly all the way to the back wall so that no one could get into our luggage.

          Tired but happy, we left Lübeck and drove to Binz on the island of Rügen.

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