I was invited to explore the beautiful town of Lübeck, in the north of Germany. A lovely little surprise! Also a great destination as a female solo traveler.
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► Holstentor (Holsten Gate)
► Lübeck Museum of Theatre Puppets
► Hospital of the Holy Spirit
► St. Peter and St. Mary’s church
Restaurants / food I would recommend in Luebeck:
► Veg-a-table (for vegan lunch)
► Marae (for raw / vegan cakes and coffee)
► Café Bohne (for Sunday breakfast!)
► Schiffergesellschaft (for traditional style dining)
► Niederegger (for sweets and Marzipan)
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Arriving by train, the first eye catcher you will encounter is the Holsten Gate. A true symbol of the city. It used to be the third gate in line, but during the industrial revolution people needed space, and the gates were demolished. This one only survived because the Lubeck citizens voted it to stay, by a majority of just one vote.
You might notice the towers aren’t really leveled. The water around the old town and the lack of connection underground, made them two towers of Pisa.
The inscription says: harmony inside, peace outside. Remember Lubeck was a rich city, and war would just cost a lot of money.
The entire Old Town is a unesco world Heritage side, since the late 80’s
And if you love this Brick Gothic architecture, St. Mary’s Church is a must visit. It was used as an example for 70 other churches in the Baltic region. So yes, this is a building of high architectural importance.
Walking the streets I was surprised by the contrast within the city. You’ll find busy shopping streets, and lonely alley’s in less than a minute from one another. And keep your eyes open for signs like this. These are the gateways to the smallest streets in Lubeck.
What used to be tiny rooms back in the middle ages, are almost doll like houses today. Some of them over 400 years old.
If you see a gas lamp, the alley is not privately owned and you’re allowed to enter.
The old town is home to 5 large churches. Besides St. Mary’s church, St. Peter’s caught my eye. Go around sunset, and you’ll have a beautiful view over the city.
By far my favorite place in the old town has everything to do with theatre puppets.
The theatre is situated in 5 old merchant houses. Inside you find a complex system of chambers and halls, which really makes you feel lost in puppet world.
There are puppets from all over the globe in here. You’ll find loads of different techniques to play with them. From centuries ago, till very recent times.
It shows very well how big the world of theatre puppets actually is.
You might notice small models of the famous buildings, made out of Marzipan. And you guessed it: Lubeck is famous for it. Especially this shop: Niederegger. This treat, once being affordable by kings only, is to be found in numerous shapes and sizes. And if you get the Niederegger marzipan, it will be made without any sugar. Just
An other spot foodies might have heard of is Schiffergesellschaft. Surrounded by old model ships you feel like traveling in time. It’s a busy place, so make your reservation in time.
This popular spot made me wonder, what’s there off the beaten track?
So I took a little detour to Veg-at-table. A little vegan spot, with some great choices for lunch. They are just closing up in the late afternoon here. So after a good plate of food I asked them for a nice spot for an afternoon coffee.
That’s how I ended up in Marae. An other vegan place, with great coffee and even greater cakes. No sugar, but dates only :D
And yet again with very heartwarming owners.
They gave me the tip for our final, and best hidden gem: Café Bohne.
Just out of the Old town, hidden between the houses. You must go here on a Sunday morning. The owner makes literally the best breakfast buffet in town. With Mediterranian dishes, one even better than the other.
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