Saturday, 27 October 2007

Lübeck

Lübeck, Germany (also known as Lybæk in Danish, as it was briefly part of Denmark in the 13th century). On the picture above you see the river front of the charming old town of Lübeck situated on an oval shaped island. On one of the last days of my holiday/visa run home in Europe my father took me here, since I - mistakenly - had never visited the city before.

In medieval times access to the central island was limited to four city gates of which two remain. Built in the 15th century this is western gate Holsten Tor which has come to be Lübeck's most famous landmark. To the right of the gate you see the medieval St. Petri Church and a row of old houses known as the Saltzspeicer (Salt warehouses). In general Lübeck is well endowed with well preserved very old buildings. It was bombed by the allies in WWII but to a much lesser degree than many other German cities.

The other remaining gate, Burgtor, at the nothern tip of the island. Although not rivaling Holstentor for fame, it does have a certain quality to it.

Apart from the Holstentor Lübeck is also famed for its marcipan. Local myth has it that marzipan was invented in Lübeck as a result of famine or siege in which only sugar and almonds were left. Here these two Lübeck institutions have been combined into one: The Holstentor made out of Marcipan.

The marzipan Holstentor stands in the window of this famous store: Niederegger dealing only in marzipan. The store is always richly decorated with displays suitable for the season. When I was there in September the theme was obviously harvest.

Another display at Niederegger.

The old Saltzspeicher on the other side of the river. The two spires in the background are from the Holstentor.

The large St. Marienkirche behind the smaller, but architecturally very remarkable, white city hall.

Old frescoes.

A very beautiful old window glass mosaic window.

Cozy old town house.

And finally a sight which was strangely familiar and weird at the same time. An Indian restaurant playing on virtually every Indian stereotype there is. I didn't go, as I knew I would soon be back in India eating the real thing.

1 comment:

Aforelle said...

Nice Pics... good info!!
keep on going