A day before I had visited the historic Hanseatic city of Lubeck, I had my phone stolen in Hamburg. Luckily though I did have my iPad with me, so that is what I ended up taking photos with for the rest of my remaining few days n Germany. I tried as best as I could to take great photos with my iPad, whipping out it’s large screen to take pictures. I believe I did a decent job, although my selfie at the end of this post could have been better. I am not an expert of taking selfies with an iPad!
Through the lens of my iPad and through my own eyes, I found this city in Northern Germany to be charming and engaging. Even on a weekday, the pedestrian shopping areas were filled with tourists and shoppers. It was a busy market city that was scenic, friendly and full of life.
Lubeck has a long history dating back to the 12th century as the ‘Queen City’ of the Hanseatic League and was part of Denmark for a very short time. It was the first western town along the Baltic Sea Coast and served as the main trading location of Northern Europe. Today Lubeck is still used as a seaport and not far from Hamburg, which is another seaport town in Germany.
In 1987, the historic city of Lubeck was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the criterion, “As outstanding examples of types of buildings, the most authentic areas of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck exemplify the power and the historic role of the Hanseatic League.”- UNESCO website
Niederegger Shop and Café – One of my primary reasons to visit Lubeck was not only for the history and architecture, but to visit Niederegger. Marzipan or any dessert made from almond (flour) will always be considered one of my greatest food loves. I for sure visited the the Niederegger Café which was established as one of the city’s sweetest landmarks for 200 years.
The café is located on the second floor of the store and that is where I had lunch of tomato cream soup, a marzipan cappuccino and a slice of their sumptuous marzipan torte. Everything was truly delectable and I still think of that marzipan drink and cake slice to this day!
For café and store information – Niederegger Lubeck
St. Mary’s – The church of St. Mary was another of Lubeck’s town glories that I could not pass up. The church is part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and is Lubeck’s main parish. It was constructed between 1265 and 1361 and has been considered the “Mother Church of Brick Gothic”.
The interior of St Mary’s was beautiful and over the years had been generously gifted with donations from the city council, the guilds, families and individuals. By the end of Middle Ages, St. Mary’s had 65 benefices, as well as a total of 38 altars.
Inside the church there are several mediaeval artifacts, the Antwerp Alterpiece, the Fredenhagen Alterpiece and an Astronomical Clock, which was my favorite.
Little Devil – Sitting along the outside of St. Mary’s is a cheeky little devil statue sitting on a stone ledge. The legend behind the devil at St. Mary’s is also a cheeky little story.
It is said that when the church of St. Mary was being constructed the devil himself visited the workers to ask what they were doing. The laborers were afraid to tell the devil the truth as not to anger him, so they fibbed and told him that they were building the most wonderous wine bar ever seen. Being the devil, he was happy to know this and worked alongside the workers to help build it.
Nearing the completion of St. Mary’s, the devil had realized he was tricked. He had picked up a huge stone in order to throw it against the church. One of the laborers intruded and promised the devil a pub would be built across the church. The devil was delighted to hear this deal and laid down the stone slab where it was. To this day, there are supposed devil claw markings on this slab.
The little devil greets those who enter the church, stroll by or visit the Rastkeller tavern, right across the way!
Along your journeys if you end up in Northern Germany, please pay a visit to this extraordinary historic Hanseatic city to explore, eat marzipan and have a glass of wine at the devil’s Rastkeller Tavern!
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