Lübeck the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League was founded in the 12th century and ... More
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Lübeck the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. It has remained a centre for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered.
There is, in my opinion, nothig to dislike about the lovely city. History beckons at every corner. Luebeck is full of music history, Buxtehude, Bach and organist H. Distler, various performances. Having followed the city's revival from 1945 to the present I feel that there is no romance like that lasting one with HL.
One can wander small cobblestone streets, some arched, Gruben and Gaenge, discovering new details in doors and rooflines. Stop in at the Buddenbrook House, that of Guenther Grass, the old guildhouse. Visit the first seafarers' Restaurant or the Potatoe Cellar for typically Luebeck dishes. One can go on and on. I never get tired if visiting Luebeck.
Most impressive are the gothic cathedrals, all of them beautifully restored and lovingly cared for. Seven Spires greet you when you first enter the city from eithr train station or the Autobahn. Soemtines upon entering on of the churches you may happen upon. an organ recital in majestic medieval surroundings that will send chivers down your spine. Especially when you look at the organ and listen to its sound and realize that Bach ( who walked from Liepzig to Luebeck) and Buxtehude played that same organ.
Accommodations whether you choose an upscale hotel, a smaller one or a vacation apartement (as of recently my favorite choice) the city is around you. Every destination be it the Holsten Gate or the Burg Gate, the train station or the harbour is walkable, and no matter which route you choose, these is something to marvel at and enjoy. Cafes at almost every corner, restaurants are plentyful, foods are offered for every taste.
Go and see, experience for yourselves.
The stern is pointing out to the sea, just as if the ship was only waiting for the harbour pilot
to set sails and embark for the Baltic Sea. However, the Passat has found her last port here. She ...