When walking through the streets of Lübeck, there are many narrow walkways that lead from the street to courtyards of surrounding homes.
I was at first afraid that we were trespassing, but I came to learn that most people are OK with visitors trekking through to see their courtyards, and if they don't want you to, they close the gates of the walkway.
The Altstadt of Lübeck is beautiful anyway, but these hidden courtyards are like hidden pockets of paradise.
This is funny. As we made our way back from the town, while crossing by the St. Marien kirche, somewhere opposite to the devil's statue, we came across this pit from which light was coming out. The entire area was dark and so it really attracted the attention. I looked down, peeped through and found that some kind of cooking was going on. I really felt hungry : )
Much of the old town has kept a medieval appearance with old buildings and narrow streets. You will see
Thomas Mann's house.
Günter Grass' house.
Church of St. Peter ("Petrikirche").
Church of St. Lawrence, located on the site of a cemetery for people who died during the 16th century plague.
Church of St. Jacob (Lübecker Jakobikirche, 1334).
Church of St. Aegidien ("Aegidienkirche").
the Salzspeicher, historic warehouses where salt delivered from Lüneburg awaited shipment to Baltic ports.
Head down through the HolstenTor, hit a left, and take a nice relaxing walk along the riverside. the path goes most of the way around the old town, and it's wonderfully quiet, with picturesque views... just be careful of getting mugged (see my warning/danger tip)
The roots of Hanseatic Luebeck lie at the confluence of Trave and Schwartau river where Liubice (= the lovely) was built, a West Slavic settlement of about 1000 craftsmen.
Fallen asleep to steady rain,
and woke just briefly once in bed,
and heard no rain no more but felt the cold,
and pulled my blankets past my head.
Now awake to find the window bright,
and the river all white and frozen,
the morning sun looks amazed, and says
"Come see what the freeze made for you!"
The freeze quarried half the moon,
and built in just one night
a splendid new, white-marble river
all for wonder and delight.
The freeze sees me in my scarf and coat,
wading through the drifts outside the door,
the clouds of vapor I breathe out,
and my prints on the banks of the river,
and the trees so laden and still.
And the freeze says: "You stay here forever!
What reason can there be to go?
When all you ever need for
I'll make for you from ice and snow!"
Just everything but warmth and love
for the freeze has never understood
he is so deathly cold.
Snow tumbles from the evergreens
as back I make my way.
The largest model railway in the world is located in Hamburg. To get there from Luebeck is not much of a ride with either car or train. Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg does provid with a great & detailed web page where one gets every information necessary to make it there well & easy. Personally not too fond of that city of Hamburg yet their Miniatur Wunderland is some really interesting stuff. Yet be aware: Lines and lines, and lines, and lines of folks at the entry. And many constructions around/in city's center.
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
Kehrwieder 2-4, Block D
I found myself wishing that I were a psychoanalyst and she were my patient. It might be that I couldn't have helped her, but she would have looked lovely on a couch.
They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original.
I have been obsessed with the sport of Team Handball for years. Most Americans have no idea what it is. It is NOT handball as most people know it (bouncing a ball against a wall).
It is a very exciting, hybrid sport: part Water Polo (without the water), part Rugby (without the scrum) and part basketball (without the basket). You have to see it to enjoy it's fast paced action.
I travelled about an hour and a half outside of Hamburg to "Lubeck-Travermunde" which is a very attractive, tidy seaside resort town. There I went to a local community sports venue on the Steenkamp and watched the final Ladies' amateur game of the season. Looks like the home-team won handily.
I would recommend this slice of Lubeck for its own sake, too.
On way back we also noticed the Post office building. A very old and very beautiful building. On way back it was between St. Marien Kirche and St. Petri Kirche
A walk along the river gives you a great view of the Altstadt. Lubeck's famour church spires really stand out while the pretty Dutch style houses along the riverbank also catch the eye.