Laura's Trip - Northern Germany - Lubeck environs

MAY 25,2009 - JUN 01,2009 (8 DAYS)

General

In-depth 3 weeks trip to Northern Germany: marvellous cities, amazing co-existence of land and sea, intersting cuisine. Very much depends on the daily weather conditions you'll face... With sunny days - you'll find northern Germany as one of the most stunning, diversed areas in whole Europe !

Germany

7 DAYS

Transportation

My fiance and I made a lovely trip to Northern Germany - using public transport only. The trains and buses systems in this region - are superb and efficient. We made star-trips, changing our accommodation-bases only 5 times during the 4-weeks trip. The German National Railways prices are not as expensive as most other european states. In this section we "cover" our stay in Lubeck. It includes our experiences from: Lubeck, Travemunde, Kiel, Plon, Schwerin and Wismar. Using trains and buses from /to Lubeck to all these wonderful destinations - is lucrative with affordable prices. As a group, youngsters or seniors - you get significant concessions.

Lubeck

4 DAYS

Accommodations

The road I've been living in Lubeck: Engelgrube in the Altstadt. The exact address of the charming small studio (1-2 per.) is: Altstadt Ganghaus, Engelgrube 77, Haus 5.

www.ganghaus.de

Helga Michels: 0451-70-20-721

Dieter Peters: 0175-14521-76

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Altstadt

3 DAYS

General

The old town still retains much of its past medieval grandeur as the center of the Hanseatic League.It is crowned with towers, belfries, red & black bricked houses and many sparkling canals. A fairy-tale town. For fans of medieval history and architecture - there is much to see !

Sightseeing

The Old Harbour - take a couple of hours for strolling along the shabby docks and ships. 

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The old ships have been repainted and they add vibrant colors to the whole scene around

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Make the walk from the Lubeck Train Station to the Altstadt - on foot. You won't regret it - especially during the late evening hours - when the Old Town is lit by the last sun rays and colored with magic orange color on its  wonderful skyline of castles, towers and walls. Of special interest - is the entrance to the Altstadt !

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Holstentor

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Sightseeing

A fortified gate with two giant towers built from 1469 until 1479. Impressive entrance to the old town with a nicely designed facade. The belfry houses the local history Museum (Museum im Holstentor).

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The Town Hall and Market Square - Lübecker Rathaus

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Sightseeing

There are no superlatives in order to describe the charms of this medieval town  - its roads, churches and polite inhabitants. 

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 The grandiose Town Hall and Market square is magnificient !

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The townhall in the Marktplatz on a gallery of arcades with its candle-like roofs is a masterpiece !

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Go the Breite Strasse wing to see the spectacular staircase in Dutch style.

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The rathaus has an elegant edifice decorated with black bricks:

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A smaple of the Market stalls:

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Saint Mary's Church - Marienkirche

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History

The interior has grandiose proportions.

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Wheel of fortunes inside Marienkirche:

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The exterior is annexed with a very modern complex. What  a view !  A 13-14th century building with an intersting ancient chapel and two huge bells. Don't miss !

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St. Katherine Church - Katharinekirche

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History

Modern statues (Ernst Barlach amongt others) stand in front of the 14th century facade of this church-museum. A famous paint of Tintoretto stands immediately on your right in the main entrance. This famous statue of the Knight on the Dragon stands in front of the museum:

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Lubeck Hanseatic buildings

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History

The 14th century remarks Lubeck's summit of power and influence. Lubeck was the capital of the Hansa League - association of German and Dutch maritime towns. Many of Lubeck buildings are covered or decorated with black and red brick courses. Here is a Hanseatic-character road in the Altstadt:

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A typical Hanseatic building in the Engelgrube strasse:

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Buddenbrooks House - Buddenbrookhaus: 4 Meng Strasse.

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History

Thomas and Heinrich Mann grandfather bought this house in 1841. This Baroque house has an attractive white facade. The Mann brothers spent part of their childhood in this famous building. Thomas Mann used this building as a background to his world-renowned noble "The Buddenbrooks".

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Another Hanseatic building (16th-18th centuries) in Meng road:

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Schabbelhaus - Hanseatic building, in the famous Meng road from the 16th-18th centuries has been restored and transformed into one of the most famous restaurants in Germany.

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Breite Straße

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Sightseeing

A splendid backbone promenade in Lubeck. A pleasant stroll of one hour.  

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Sankt Jakobi church

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History

Visit the Jakobi church - a small Gothic church in the heart of the Breite strasse. See inside the delicate woodworks on the church organs. The norty aisle is devoted in memorial of a Lubeck training ship lost in 1957.

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Schifferge​ssellschaf​t - the Sailors Guilde house in the Breite str.

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History

A facade with Renaissance gables. The interior houses a picturesque restaurant  with wooden tables, model ships and metal lamps.

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Heiligen-Geist-Hospice

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History

Ancient hospice from the 13th century. Built during the years 1276-1286 for the poors of Lubeck.

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The Hospice chapel is a large Gothic hall decorated with 13C and 14C frescoes and paintings:

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The Lubeck Synagogue

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History

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Ganghaus im Medingsgang

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Sightseeing

A charming, typical, narrow lane in ancient Lubeck:

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Lubeck Cathedral - Domkirchof

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History

The most ancient church in Lubeck. Built in 1783 by Heinrich "The Lion". Destroyed in the 2nd World War and rebuilt during the years 1958-1977.

Inside the Dom don't miss the modern Vitrage windows and the modern, huge organ.

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Königstraße

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History

One of the main roads of old Lubeck. Many buildings in this bustling street are decorated with medieval reliefs. This one from the year 1684:

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Burgtor

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History

The eastern gate of Lubeck walls:

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History

The most ancient building in Lubeck adjacent to the Burgtor:

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Lubeck rivers

1 DAYS

Trekking

The old part of Lübeck is on an island enclosed by the Trave. The town is surrounded also by the Wakenitz river. In a sunny day take (allow full day !) breath-taking walk around the Altstadt along the Trave.

What a rewarding experience !

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Lubeck citizens are used to low temperatures:

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You'll cross 8 bridges on your route around Lubeck along its rivers:

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Kiel

1 DAYS

General

Kiel resides on a maritime canal linking the North sea with the Baltic sea. Known, mainly, for its large and busy shipyards.

Rathausplatz - Town Hall

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Sightseeing

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General

Noteworthy for its 106m. tower, the statue of Roland the Knight (hero of the town) and the marvelous view from the upper tower's gallery.

Kiel Markt Platz - the Old Market

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History

A nice square with splendid statues. The main attraction is St. Nikolay Church with biblical motifs, quaint atmosphere and its huge organ. Here is a statue of old Moses.

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The Opera House

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Sightseeing

The Opera house borders the Town Hall and a small splendid lake.

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Botanischer Garten Kiel - Botanical Gardens

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Sightseeing

There are the Old and the New Botanical Gardens in Kiel. Both of them belong to Kiel University so there is a free entrance. There are desert, tropical, mediteranean and many other areas.

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Kiel Parks

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Sightseeing

Modern motifs:

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Modern sculptures along the local river park:

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or old motifs:

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The new mall - opposite Kiel railway station

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Shopping

A very nice site to dine, shop or just relax after hiking the whole day in Kiel.

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Plön

- DAYS

General

On your way with the train from Kiel to Lubeck - stop at this marvelous small town - surrounded from its three sides by lakes. Allow 3 hours for exploring this flourishing town - based on the tourism industry. You step out from the railway station and you face, immediately, one of these magical lakes...

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Sightseeing

Plon centre is adorned with many flowers, small cafe's and cobbled-stones narrow lanes. 

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Rathaus - Plon Town Hall

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Sightseeing

A real pleasure to stroll in midday or the afternoon hours along the central lanes of Plon. I can promise you that all locals are still in their Sclafstunde...

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Here is an example of Plon ancient lanes and gates. It is dated from 1236 A.D:

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Göppinger Schloss

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History

Plön Castle (Plöner Schloss)  the former residence of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein and was built during the Thirty Years War in the 17th century. During its history it was a militiray school and boarding school. It is open to the public on a limited extent.

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Kids

Don't miss the Schloss Gartens (Castle Gardens). Allow 1-2 hours for relaxing in the wonderful marshes...

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Plon Lakes

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Sightseeing

Plon is encircled by no less than 5 lakes. I think that these lakes is Plon main attraction. Allow 2-3 hours to walk along their shores. Don't miss the sunset time !

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Plon Railway Station

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Transportation

What a gem. Well known all over Germany. Used, as background, for many Westerns films...

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