There is a viewing stage ( access by lift - I think I'd have preferred stairs) to a high vantage point from where you get great views all over the city of Lübeck. There is a small charge to go up but that probably helps to maintain the church. Student rates apply.
Look out for the model of the church - see photo.
Each year for a week in early August there is a festival held on the banks of the River Trave. It has free entry and there are all kinds of things to watch, eat, drink, buy, listen to, laugh at and participate in.
We thoroughly enjoyed the visiting Swedish student band who really didn't take themselves seriously at all. They were great fun and needed lots of audience participation in order to get them really going.
Other rock bands were playing on the main stage but my 19 year old son was a bit dismissive of them - " not heavy enough".
There was no shortage of different eating places and all sorts of food from African, Middle eastern, Indian and Chinese to sweets and icecreams. The sponsors of the festival, Duckstein, sell their beers at numerous outlets.
The atmosphere was terrific; really great to see such a variety of people all enjoying themselves together. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
My wife and I spent a very pleasant 30 minutes listening to an organ recital ( 4Euros each) at around 5pm in the St Jakobi Church in the city centre. Throughout the summer months it seems there are almost daily recitals or longer concerts in one or more of Lübeck's churches. The atmosphere is terrific, the Bach impressive.
The image shows the church of St Mariene with the river front in the foreground. They hold organ concerts in this church as well.
The old part of Lübeck is on an island enclosed by the Trave. The Elbe–Lübeck Canal connects the Trave with the Elbe River. The Trave river passes through Bad Segeberg, Bad Oldesloe, and Lübeck, where it is linked to the Elbe-Lübeck Canal. It is navigable for sea-going vessels from the Baltic to the Lübeck ports.
Cosy Rathausmarkt looks rather imposing. Much of the old town has kept a medieval appearance with old buildings and narrow streets. The old town centre is dominated by seven church steeples.
The Renaissance Town hall of the sixteenth century - Rathaus and The Church of Maiden Maria - Marienkirche represent one of the most interesting architectural complexes in Northern Germany.
Marienkirche was constructed as the sample of the French cathedrals during blossoming Luebeck in the end of the thirteenth century. It was a face of burghers pride of the city.
It is a model for the brick Gothic style of northern Germany, reflected in approximately 70 churches in the Baltic Area. In Lübeck, the high-rising Gothic style of France was adapted to north German brick. At 38.5 meters the church has the highest brick vault in the world. Taking the weather vanes into account, the towers are 124.95 meters and 124.75 meters high.
Marienkirche is faimous by the biggest in the world mechanical organ and two split ancient four-ton bells of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
On the night of Palm Sunday from 28 to 29 March 1942, the church was almost completely burnt out during an Allied bombing raid along with about a fifth of Lübeck city centre, including the Lübeck Cathedral and St. Peter's Church.
There is the main Cathedral of Luebeck - the Dom near Rathausmarkt with two square towers in the basis. It was incorporated in 1173 by duke Henry Leon as a Romance basil. In the thirteenth century chapels were attached, and in the fourteenth century it was reconstructed in the Gothic Hall church.
It was partly destroyed in a bombing raid in World War II (1942), and later reconstructed.
The symbol of Luebeck - city gate Holstentor with two turrets. You may find them out at llustrations to children's books. The gate is situated on island and it is built in the fifteenth century.
The Holsten Gate ("Holstein Tor", later "Holstentor") is a city gate marking off the western boundary of the old center of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. This Brick Gothic construction is one of the relics of Lübeck’s medieval city fortifications and the only remaining city gate, except for the Citadel Gate ("Burgtor"). Because its two round towers and arched entrance are so well known it is regarded today as a symbol of this German city, and together with the old city centre (Altstadt) of Lübeck it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
Just walk through the small 0.7 x 1.5 miles inner town. Try to get a small map from the city and don´t miss the side roads! Luebeck has so many small paths ("Gangbuden") where people live and most of them can be visited.
Some ideas for the city:
Fuechtingshof in the Glockengiesserstrasse
A cruise around the old town takes around one hour and gives some great views of L?beck.
Wel worth 7 euros each.
Looks like there are several to choose from, Schiffart ws the one departing when we were there.
During my visit to Luebeck I was in luck that the event 'Ice World' was being held. I had seen ice- and snow sculptures on pictures before, and I always wanted to go to a thing like this for myself. So this was a great opportunity for me to go and take a look at Ice World.
The great thing about it is that you can see ice AND snow sculptures, or in this case even a sculpture that combines the two. I was amazed by how much detail there was in the sculptures and the great effect by using the combination of ice and snow. All the sculptures at Ice World were in a theme "The Bible - Stories from the Old and the New Testament".
If you want to go to Ice World it is still possible. The event is from 12 December 2003 - 25 January 2004. I am not sure if it is held every year in Luebeck though.
Opening hours :
Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
24 December 2003 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
31 December 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
25 December/ 1 January 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Entrance Fee is 8,00 euro per person. Children (4 to 12 years): 4,00 euro.
Next to Ice World is also a Ice-Skating Rink. The entrance fee to that is 4 euro and for children 2,50. A combination ticket of Ice World and the Skating Rink will cost you 10 euro, children 6 euro.
Taking pictures at Ice World is allowed, but it isn't all that easy as it looks. It was great to try some things out though.... hahaha, until my hands started to freeze! It was at least about -10 Celsius inside and after a while you really start to notice that; especially as I wasn't dressed for such cold weather. Outside it was dreary weather and +5 Celsius, and the cold is quite a shock when you get inside the tent.
Besides freezing fingers the bright spotlights might create a problem. Sometimes it was too dark to take a picture and sometimes you get the spotlight right in your camera which makes taking pictures impossible as well. The different colours of lights can have some cool effects though as you can see in this photo.
The tent in which you can see the ice sculptures isn't that big, which disappointed me a bit when I entered the exhibition. But by the time I was at the end of the exhibit I was rather pleased it wasn't any bigger! Hahaha, I got cold, brrrr, and had seen enough of all the sculptures. When you get to the end of the exhibition there is a bar, all made from ice, where you can order a drink to make you warm again. I didn't try that though, I decided that I rather go to a 'real' pub and have a drink there instead ;-)
The Holsten Tor was a fortification completed in 1478 along the Trave River in Lübeck.
Inside the Holsten Tor is a neat museum, and when I visited there was an exhibit on the history of the city of Lübeck, with historical artifacts and artwork.
An interesting thing to see is how the building leans awkwardly, due to settling of the foundation over the centuries. (Remember, it was built in 1478!!!)