The water tower is 56 meters high and from the top is a panoramic view over the roof tops of Luneburg. Admission is 3euro 90 and you take the lift to the top. You can take the lift to desend, but i came down the stairs which have been constructed through the old water tank quite an experience through several floors. The renovation of the Water Tower was and is financed by private donations and is open all year round.
The Luneburg Town Hall was built in 1230 and during the next 600 years enlarged to its size today. The front of the building is in the Baroque style. The market place is in front of the town hall. The local tourist office is to the left side of the town hall.
Bispingen is a municipality in the district of Soltau-Fallingbostel in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the River Luhe and is approximately 15 km northeast of Soltau, and 50 km south of Hamburg. The town has about 7000 citizens, and is popular with tourists as a local recreation area and nature reserve. wikipedia
Guided tours begin at the Tourist Information Centre in the town hall. Visitors will learn about the 800-year-old town hall before discovering important buildings, and will then view one of the inner city churches. A tour to the "Am Stint" waterfront area, featuring the Old Crane, is also provided. Please check out link below.
Heide Park in Soltau in Lower Saxony is the largest theme park in Germany, but that's not the only record it holds. Its freefall tower “Scream” is the tallest of his kind (103 meters, 427 feet). “Desert Race” is the first launched coaster to be set up in Germany. The focus is, like in most leisure parks, family entertainment and so there's a lot of offer for kids. Children as young as four can go on the white-water ride, or just take a walk in the beautiful Heide Village. A highlight at Heide Park is the Statue of Liberty. Built to scale at about a third of the height of the New York original, it is set on a lake inside the park.
Summer season: March 24 - Nov. 3, 2007
Kids under 4 years: free entry
4 - 11 years: 24.50 euros
Over 12 years: 28.50 euros
Two-day ticket: 44 euros
The German Tank Museum Munster is a joint establishment of the town of Munster and the Federal Armed Forces of Germany. The Museum shows the development of the German armoured combat forces and of the armoured reconnaissance forces including the historical background covering the period from 1917 until today.
Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster
Munster, town of the most important garrison of the German Federal Armed Forces, has many faces. The old town, once an idyllic heathland village, spacious parks and recreation areas, a newly remodelled modern city centre and nearby villages nestled in a various landscape of forests, heath and meadows that have formed part of the town since 1971. Munster and its surroundings are especially interesting for visitors on short trips, and it's a paradise for hikers, riders, cyclers, and fishermen. I too experienced the town of Munster, though in heavy rain, as an indeed very nice town with very friendly locals. Munster is for certain a point of interest, a touching one too which is due to its Tank Museum (Deutsches Panzermuseum). Tank Museum features both technical and military history, and draws over 70.000 visitors a year.
Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster
The first historical reference to Munster dates back to 1303. With only one church, a few farms and craftsmen and workshops, there were less than 500 inhabitants living in this heathland-village in 1890. This changed after the establishment of a military training camp, which has helped Munster to develop into a thriving modern community, particularly since 1956.
The town received its charter in 1967, and the small villages Alvern, Breloh, Ilster, Lopau, Oerrel, Toepingen and Trauen, that surrounded Munster, were incorporated in 1971 and 1972. After holding the state exhibition "Nature in Town-Planning" in 1988, Munster was host to the annual event "Day of the lower Saxons" in 1994.
Altes Kaufhaus is located on the north-east corner of the harber on river Ilmenau next the Old Crane and the Lueneburger Muehle mill. There the salted herringswere stored. The building was a victum of an arson(1960) and only its Baroque facade, built in 1748, remained untouched.
Unfortunately I did not know that it was possible to go on the top of the tower to have a bird-eye-view of Lueneburg.. so, I am really sorry that I missed it... and this is on my to-do-list for the next time I go to Lueneburg (which is not planned for this century...)
I see that there are other interesting events there - "Full Moon Night", exhibitions, etc.
one of the today Lueneburg's landmark the old crane, was mentioned in writting for the first time in 1346. Its present form is from 1797. The most famous load it brought was a locomotive from England from the Braunschweig-Vienenburg railway.
Built in 1598. The Renaissance facade is really impresive with two figures of women - the one with a dog and the other with a monkey. The first one represents the aroma, the smell; the second one - the taste... (strange, right?)
Luna fontain with the figure of Diana (the God of hunting) is so small - compare it on the picture with the pumpkins - so that we had to ask where it is.
A work of the sculptor E. Bruggemann known as "Lunasaeule" (Luna fontain) because of the moon ornament.
Maybe you will start asking yourself where the name of Lueneburg comes from...and you would decide that it has something in common with Luna (moon in Latin according to dictionaries... actually 'luna' is used in Bulgarian as moon, so you know already a word in Bulgarian)...
and you will be wrong...
The name of the Lueneburg probably comes from the Lombard (or maybe more precisely - from Lombardic language) 'hluini' meaning 'refuge'.
Lombard was a German royal dynasty, also known as the Hanoverians or The House of Hanover; George I (Georg Ludwig) was Elector of Hanover who became a King of Great Britain and King of Ireland in 1714.
Definately one of the most impressive buildings in the town with its baroque facade from the early 18th century with sandstone figures decorated in gold.
The clock was initially with one hand.
There is a glockenspiel which I missed to see.