Holsten Gate is one of the most famous sights in LÜBECK. It stands at the entrance to the old town. It is a very famous, much photographed German building. Holsten Gate became the proud symbol of LÜBECK as a free imperial city. The city gate was built between 1464 and 1478 along the lines of Dutch models. Its purpose served both as a form of defence and as a form of prestige.
Inside the Monument there is a Museum with interesting facts on The Power of Trade, historic ship models and weapons which all give a glimpse into the time of the Hanseatic League.
CHURCHES – I have never visited as many in one day!
LÜBECK CATHEDRAL – Construction on the Gothic brickwork began in 1173. The three-naved church is one of the oldest monuments in LÜBECK. It houses numerous works of art including the 17 metre high Triumphal Cross (1477). The church was being prepared for a Christmas event and we were treated to some beautiful music being practised.
ST. GILES is the smallest of the five major churches and dates from the first third of the 14th century.
ST. PETER’S is no longer used as a Church . Instead the 800-year-old light and airy church is a centre for events and exhibitions and today there was a large high quality arts and crafts market which takes place during the Christmas Period.
Lunch today was at The Marli-cafè/restaurant where qualified Staff work alongside 12 people with handicaps, the target being that they will find long term employment on the real labour market. We were not aware of this but were drawn to the place and thoroughly enjoyed the chicken.
Directly opposite the Town Hall in the heart of the Old town is the famous Café NIEDEREGGER with the Marzipan Salon.
We could see how the LÜBECK fine almond specialty is made. The factory was established by Georg NIEDEREGGER (1777-1856) and is still owned by the NIEDEREGGER family.
We enjoyed coffee and cake in the café and bought goodies to take with us.