Dance of death
All the beautiful stained windows of the church were destroyed in 1942. They were later replaced. The original Totentanze (Death Dance) by Bernt Notke was burnt down in 1942 and was replaced by the Totentanzkapelle (Death dance chapel), made in 1955-1956 by Alfred Mahlau from the Berkentien glass manufacturer of Lübeck taking motifs from the original one.
St. Marien Kirche Interior II
The interior of the Church is very spacious and calm. Many things to see. We spent a quarter of our entire tour of the city inside this church. One of the photos here is the Darsow-Madonna that was originally sculpted in 1420 but heavily damaged in 1942 bombing and reduced to many pieces. The pieces were put together and the statue restored and was positioned again on the wall in 1989.
Marien Kirche Interior
The huge Church looks very beautiful from inside. However, the fact that the church was almost completely burnt down during the bombing attacks of the World War Ii, is generally not understandable except from a few impressions. Most of the destroyed parts have been rebuilt and most burnt down decor items have been replaced. Only at one of the several areas (except the bells, see other tip), to my knowledge, did I come across some impression of the devastation. It was on the walls. I include a photo here. Rest of the photos are just the general interiors including this picture of the very high and very beautiful ceiling.
St. Mary's Church (St. Marien Kirche)
After coming down from the panoramic view platform of St. Petri Kirche, we went to the St. Marien Kirche, 5 minutes walk from there (after coming out of the small lane, turn right and then at the crossing, turn left). The Marienkirche or St. Mary's church in Lübeck is a Protestant Church built in a Gothic style between 1250 and 1350. It was then a symbol of power and prosperity of the old Hanseatic city of Lübeck. It is said to be the third largest church in Germany and is the tallest building in Lübeck. It is larger than Lübeck Cathedral. It has two towers which are 124.95 meters (406 ft) and 124.75 meters (405.5 ft) high respectively. It has the highest brick vault in the world (38.5 meters (125 ft)). It is located in a central area very near to the Townhall. During the war time bombings it was destroyed (29th March 1942), but was rebuilt during 1947 - 1959. The beautiful red bricky building was more than impressive.
St. Peter's Church (St. Petri Kirche)
St. Petri Kirche is built in Roman style and was already there by 1250. It was developed more in the 15th and 16th century. War time bombings had completely destroyed it and consequently it was rebuilt in 1958. It is higher than 150 feet and from the view platform on top, one can see the entire city of Luebeck with all the tourist attractions. Entry charges for the panoramic view are 3 euros for adults, 2 euros for students. Opening hours are Tuesday - Sunday: 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., during the craftmarket: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. But for the month of February it is closed, for the church. However, opening hours for the view platform are 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. during the first two months of the year, upto 5.00 p.m. in March, and from April to November it is open from. Here I have some photos of the stairs leading to the Church, the view of church from the entrance, inside the church, and a view of the Holstentor, Salzspeicher, Trave river, Rathaus and the Rathausmarkt from above the church.
Leaning towers of the Holstentor
The heavy bricky towers of the Holstentor were constructed about 600 years ago but the land was not very stable. As a result, over the years the towers of the gate have been leaning towards the front making it a leaning tower! I was told that since construction, they have gone underground by 2-3 feets. The photo (taken during return) makes this very evident.
The puppet theatre of Luebeck seems to be famous. I did not have any idea what to expect, so actually did not have a plan to visit it. It happened so that after crossing the Holstentor as we entered the city and was looking for the St. Peter's Church (St. Petri Kirche), we went into a wrong lane, (straight from Holstentor, first lane from right) and being confused, asked a local from there. A nice German middle aged person, very polite, with a very good English. He told us that the Church was in the next lane but that I must visit the Puppet theatre in this lane itself, just behind where I was standing. I noticed it then. He even jokingly said that at the counter there is an Indian women and that she will be very happy to meet us and may even like to have a cup of tea with us. I really liked the thought of meeting an Indian lady in Luebeck, and just out of curiosity (and surprisingly not for the puppets), I went in to meet this Indian lady and say her Hello on behalf of India. We were welcome with a nice smile and she was actually very happy to see us. Had a long chat and then this German guy comes in and the lady introduces him as her husband. It was a funny experience and we really had a great time. They showed us around. They have a lovely collection of puppets originally used in theatres of different countries of the world and are perfectly well preserved as a dying tradition. Quite worth a visit, if not for the tea, just a great experience otherwise too.
Storehouses for salt (Salzspeicher)
We really saw this on return but it is more worth watching while entering the city. So, just as you cross the Holstentor through the gate you can see the city behind. Just climb up the stairs to the road (remember, it leans now, so is much below the road behind), and at your right you will watch some fashion houses with interesting mannequins displayed. While you cross the stores you will know that they are actually very old buildings, quite understandable from the sides. Its a beautiful sight by the side of water where people can also be seen fishing. These houses were very old ones initially used as storage houses for salt before the same was shipped to various places. My photos are taken while returning, so actually doesn't fit into the seriality, but it actually lies just a few steps from the Holstentor
Museum at Holstentor
After crossing the Holstentor gate, we climbed up the stairs from behind inside the building and on 1st floor came across a museum of the city's history starting from the middle ages. The museum was started here in 1950. It's worth a look. Tickets are available downstairs.
After crossing the bridge, we crossed the road, walked about 20 steps and we were in front of a beauty. The Holstentor was an overwhelming experience. The Holstentor is a big gate opening to the old town of Luebeck. It was built between 1464 and 1478 by the council architect Hinrich Helmestede following the example of Flandric Bridge gates. It was the middle gate of the four town gates. The city was then well protected with walls and the Holstentor was one of the gates through which entry had to be made from outside. Inside the Holstentor is a museum. Like many cities in Germany, Luebeck was also heavily bombed during the World War II but thankfully, the Holstentor escaped any damage. The gate was reconstructed between 1863 and 1871 and then again between 1933 and 1934. It is a thing to remember all life. (More photos in my Travelogue)
The Trave river is one of the main rivers of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany. It is about 124 kilometres in length and flows upto Travemünde and then into the Baltic Sea. At Luebeck it has connection with the Elbe-Lübeck Canal. Ships come to Lübeck ports come though the waters of this river. The Puppenbruecke bridge is built on Trave river passing through the city.
Statue of Bismarck
While entering the city from the central station one comes across the Lindenplatz, where on a little park there is a statue of Otto Von Bismarck, the Father of Modern Germany. The park itself is also pretty interesting if anybody wishes to have a first good impression of the city. Just sit there and look at the church towers that extend into the sky. You'll love it.
Next, from the Lindenplatz area, we moved towards the Holstentor. On way we had to cross the Puppenbruecke bridge on the Trave river. Its a bridge full of beautiful statues and being a great art and sculpture enthusiast, I was totally taken away by it. I spent sometime there taking photographs, but ofcourse I was not the only one, every tourist crossing the bridge was appreciating the uniqueness of the pieces of art.
Konrad Wilhelm II
at Lindenplatz opposite to the statue of Otto Von Bismark, is the statue of Konrad Wilhelm II on horseback. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the son of Emperor Frederick II and Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria and was born in Berlin in 1859. He was a monarch and severely opposed socialism. The defeat at the war against the Allied Armies made him fly away the country with his family. He is said to have spent the later part of his life till death in 1941 in holland.
Its actually stupid to start my Luebeck Things to do page with a tip of the Luebeck Hauptbahnhof (!?) Well I have some intention behind it. Before I visited the city, I had to spend a lot of time in just scribbling down which all places to see and which first, then which one, so how to go from the first to the second and stuff. My research really helped me a lot, but I wish I did not have to do it at all and that there was a guide who could just tell me that go here, then turn left, go there etc. So my intention here is to help any future traveler wishing to make a day trip to Luebeck so that he/she does not at all need to do any research on roads, seriality of tourist attractions. But ofcourse there are places in Luebeck that I did not visit. So please be aware of that.
So here I begin with The luebeck Haubtbahnhof or the Central Station. We took a train from Hamburg. Its a beautiful building from outside and once you step in there, you are welcomed by the Niederegger, the famous producers of Marzipan
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