The town hall is an old impressiv building that you are bound to pass several times during your stay in the city. I was not even avare of the guided tours until I happened to stumble upon a sign outside the front entrance. It costs 4 Euro and the walk takes about 45 minutes. There are some really nice rooms and features in the building so I am happy that I "stumbled" upon the sign outside the entrance....
If you want a good view of the city, and its surroundings, then you ought to get up to the viewing tower of the St. Petri church. It is a sturdy brick tower with a bulit in lift so it is perfect for people suffering from vertigo (that's me!) since there is no worrying about see through stairs or windy, open viewing platforms!
The church itself was, unfortunately, closed when I was there.
The museum is located in an old monastry and full of late gothic sacral art (altar pieces and carved Madonnas and loads more). I enjoy architecture and history and this museum is full of that (but be it religious architecture and history this time). The museum also has two small gardens that are fully walled and dreanched in sun (perfect for sitting a few minutes to rest your feet, smell the flowers and enjoy the statues).
There is a café located in the building but I cannot say anything about that one since I did not try it out.
The Dom or Cathedral of Luebeck is something that I did not see. I should rather say, I missed it, because my homework was not proper and I could not trace out the route to it. Nevertheless, on return back to home I realised that and started checking on the internet. There I learnt a lot about it and saw photos as well. Surprisingly as I was going through photos taken by me, I came across 3 photos of the Dom as well. No wonder, they were amongst the photos that I had taken from the view platform at the St. Petri Kirche. That really made me so happy. But I would really urge upon future travellers to see the Dom as well.
After the Guenter Grass haus, as it was getting dark and time for our train was also approaching, we decided to return. On return tour came across the Willy Brandt Haus. Another Nobel laureate from Luebeck. An exhibition of his works and his life has been opened here and when we visited, we realised we were a few days too early to reach there because the official opening date of the museum was in December 2007. Nevertheless I took a photo. Might help future travellers. It is a few minutes walk back from the Guenter Grass haus
As we walked across the road towards the Guentergrass haus, at one of the turnings we came across the Jacobi Kirche. It was getting late, so did not get in. It is yet another Church in Luebeck and a lucky one to escape the bombing attacks in 1942. It is famous for its excellent acoustics. Many musical concerts are held here. So if one is in the city for longer period, its a good idea to check out if a concert is being held here and experience it.
The next destination was the Günter-Grass-House, not very far from the Buddenbrookshaus at Glockengießerstraße 21. Unfortunately when we reached there it was 3 minutes past 4 and the museum had just closed for the day. Günter Grass is another Nobel laureate resident of this city. This house exhibits his visual art (although he is more known as a writer) as well as literatary works and shows the close link between the two. The house also has a garden with Grass's sculptures.
This must be the opening of the Museum for Art and Cultural History of Hanseatic state of uebeck as I read from the inscription below the statue, but we did not get in there big short of time. I liked the statue and took the photograph. Its located by the side of the main road just a few meters away from the Buddenbrookshaus
The house was the residence of the Mann family, the two famous Mann brothers being Heinrich Mann and Thomas Mann. The city is proud of its Nobel laureates including Thomas Mann. Thomas Mann had immortalized Lübeck in his novel 'The Buddenbrooks', and the house is named thereafter. It is now owned by the state and has been converted into a museum that exhibits things concerning the lives and works of Thomas Mann and Heinrich Mann.
We came out of the rathaus markt from the entrance towards the main market area. I found the marketplace ofthe city pretty interesting and really very lively. Ofcourse I was there more than a month before the Christmas, so it was not exactly the Christmas mood but still very lively and happening. Lots of people, lots of musicians, entertainers, tourists and lots of beautiful shopping places.
The Rathaus or the Townhall is situated in the Rathausmarkt. Its comparatively a small but beautiful building. The architecture is pretty interesting and I found it very different from the rathauses of other towns in Germany.
After seeing the statue of the devil we crossed the small road (went opposite to the St. Marien Kirche), and there was an entrance through which we entered the rathausmarkt. There were lots of restaurants and cafes in that area and was not very much crowded like the marketplace.
As one comes out of the Marien Kirche and turns left one finds the bronze statue of the devil. The story of the devil is very interesting (you can read it in one of the photos here). I am just too lazy to repeat the story. Definitely worth taking a photo by his side.
While going in and coming out of the Puppent theatre one may have a look at the altstadt in Luebeck or the old quarters. A major portion of it was destroyed during the war time bombings but one still has a eyeful to see. It is bricky, red and very beautiful. Very narrow alley ways leading you from one to another. But be aware if you are a traveller with a baby in a buggy. I had problems as the roads there are old and uneven.
Well this is the welcome board inside the Marien Kirche and you cross it while going in or coming out of the church. The entry to the Church is free but anybody is welcome to make a donation here for 2 euros. The board says thanks for the donation to all visitors, and I say thanks to all of you for being with me on tour inside the Marien Kirche (we now go out). Well in the title, I've just specified those languages that I speak. i'm sorry I could not use the russian script. So I just spelt the pronounciation.