By far the best souvenir that I bought in Luebeck is a biscuit cutter in the shape of the iconic Holstein Tor!
The shape has wonderful fairytale connatations (and gratifyingly generous proportions), and when the biscuits are generously slathered with white icing, it makes me think of how pretty Luebeck must be in the snow!
I use this cutter to make traditional spicy ginger biscuits before Christmas, and then we kick off the holiday celebrations by inviting around friends and their kids to decorate them.
Clearly I have well and truly embraced at least some aspects of German culture - if only the language came as easily!!!
Niederegger is the largest and best know marzipan company in Lubeck. Their store and cafe in the center of the Old Town are very popular, and great places to stop and visit. For serious shoppers, the factory outlet store is the place to go. It isn't well publicized, and not in the Old Town, but once you get here you'll be rewarded with a good selection of seconds, overruns and overstocked goods. We were only here once, but I imagine that like most factory outlets, the selection varies depending on what the company has available. There was more than enough selection to keep us happy. The prices are, of course, discounted from what you will find in the regular stores.
If you know anything about this city, you probably already know about its famous marzipan. Lubeck has been known for this tasty, almond based treat for generations, and trying some and buying more is often a reason in itself for many visitors to come here. Lübecker Marzipan-Speicher is not as well known as its world renowned, bigger competition, but a stop in the store is interesting and quite a different experience. It's not just a place to buy, but a place to have fun - or it surely seems set up to be that way. The shop is colorful, crowded, with imaginative and creative specialties. They even have a marzipan show, which we didn't go to, but must be a draw for some people.
What to pay: Average
One Lübeck specialty is Rotspon, a wine made from grapes processed and fermented in France and transported in wooden barrels to Lübeck, where it is stored, aged and bottled. The Lübeck wine trade dates back to Hanseatic times.
When Lübeck was occupied in 1806 by the French the city's wine was served to the soldiers, and it is said that they liked this wine better here than what they had at home. Maybe it was something in the air, or the city's cellars. Regardless, you can now try for yourself and see what you think.
What to pay: Average for wine. I think a bottle was under 10 euro.
All across the city I came across many fashion stores and this particular photo I took because the background picture of the mannequins being that of the city attracted me. No idea about prices though.
What to buy: Fashion wear
The old salt storehouses or Salzspeicher have been converted into a Fashion store of women's clothes. I found them pretty nice and reasonable although did not buy any. Can just check out.
What to buy: All kinds of womenwear
If you have a sweet tooth and happen to visit Luebeck, Marzipan is a must in your shopping list. My apologies to those who really love it, I don't really like it, but people tell me that Niederegger is the best producer of Marzipans. You find a store just at the entrance of the St. Petri Kirche.
I avoid flower shops like the plague. If fact I try to enter one only twice a year ('er indoors Birthday and valentines day).
I was dragged, against my will I might add, into this one on Lubeck. My wife claims their arrangements were first-class and well priced.
I couln't give a tinker's cuss, but it might be of use to you if you happen to be in Lubeck and need to buy such things.
Niederegger Cafè is an institution in the city,where it's possible to buy marzipan,a perfect souvenir from Lubeck.On the second floor,there is a marzipan museum too,where it's possible to discover the history of this sweet speciality from its oriental origins to Lubeck city.
What to buy: If you visit Lubeck,you must buy the famous marzipan,sweet speciality of the city.
Even if you don't like marzipan (which I don't), the displays in the Niederegger shop are so amazing and so tempting that you'll end up buying some. There is also a nice cafe and a restaurant above the shop.
After a tour of Lübeck's historic city centre, a visit to NIEDEREGGER is the crowning FINALE: be enchanted by the world of NIEDEREGGER MARZIPAN.....
This is really MARZIPAN PARADISE: you can choose from over 100 varieties of pastries and more than 300 types of confectionery made from worldfamous NIEDEREGGER MARZIPAN.
And.....CAFé NIEDEREGGER IS AN INSTITUTION..... allow yourself to be spoilt whilst enjoying the café's cosy atmosphere, be it at breakfast, lunch, teatime or over an evening drink....
For groups it is wise to make reservations, as you will understand.
For groupos of 10+ persons you can book for a DEMONSTRATION.......
This was again a DISCOVERY!
A shop with so attractive an assortment of cloths and....everything made of FLAX.
Very fashionable and "wearable", a feast for eyes and so special to the touch!
The most important thing (and most surprising!) is that every model they have (in the shop and/or in their magazine) can be ordered in the colours OF YOUR OWN CHOICE....
In the photo you can see all the colours you can choose from.....a feast to spend some time their combining colours for matching pieces of garment.......oh, it was really lovely, a paradise for each woman who wants to have something of the peg (in a way!!)but in the colours of her own choice....
About FLAX: it is so soft, so kind to the skin, washable, very comfortable and.......the designs are FANTASTIC.......
Worthy of your visit and don't forget your purse because TEMPTATION is lurking there to catch you!!
Lübeck without marzipan is like Coca without the Cola! International laws should be written to make it illegal to leave Lübeck without buying and/or eating marzipan!
Niederegger is one of the marzipan industry's giants, and they have a café located in the Altstadt. There is also a museum dedicated to the history of marzipan and the Niederegger name.
What to buy: As their website says, Niederegger marzipan is "the classic souvenir of Lübeck." You can find just regular marzipan, or you can find the sweet treat shaped into all sorts of things from toys to fruit to teddy bears to small figurines, with all sorts of flavors!
What to pay: Ok, ok, yes, there is a bit of a catch. When I visited, things seemed to be a little on the pricey side. This is just personal observation, but it seemed the more tricky and intricate the detail and shape of the candy objects, the more it cost. (To be fair, I was there in July during the peak of tourist season--maybe it is different during off-peak times.)