DATE – 20 JULY 2018
DISTANCE – 64KM from Hamburg
TIME: 8:30 to 10:30
Pit stop at this gorgeous little town full of life and colour!
This town was full of tour buses and what we started calling “GREY POWER” as there were so many pensioners coming on and off from these buses, there was literally no one else but grey and white hairs on the street! (well, ok, they were 80% lol) it was so nice seeing older people out and about and doing things like this, I always think I will be one of them when I hit their age, so good for them!
Used to be one of the main commerical centres of northern europe and the chief city of the Hanseatic League (an association of towns for the protection of trading interests)
The city was founded by Adolf II of Holstein in 1143 and the settlement was destroyed by fire in 1157 but a new city was built by Henry III, Duke of Saxony in 1159. From here it developed as a trading port between the raw-material producing countries of Northern and Eastern Europe and the manufacturing centres in the West.
The inner city is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987 with its Medieval gorgeous cobblestone streets and restored houses and shops
The autobahns impress me every day, no matter what, its the best roads and the signs and systems they utilise is amazing, ive been in awe and the 35 days in Germany has been so simple (and free!) thanks to these awesome highways!
Map of Germany with Lubeck at the top
There are many parking lots just over the bridges and around the outskirts of the city so I recommend to park outside and not attempt to drive in if you have a large van like ours, you dont want to get stuck in the small roads in the inner city!
ST MARYS CHURCH
St Marys Church, was built between 1250 and 1350. It is a symbol of prosperity and power to this old Hanseatic city and sits on the highest point of this island.
Built in German brick gothic style and because of this, set the standard for another 70 churches around the area which makes this church very important
Walking around this amazing Church, there were so many morbid sculptures with many skulls, on the walls, on the tombs stones and the paintings, skulls everywhere!
ST JACOBS CHURCH – The Seafarers Church
This is a city gate marking the western boundary of the city, built in 1464 built in Brick Gothic style and is left over from Lubecks medieval city fortifications and one of 2 remaining gates
I loved this little pit stop we made, im glad we did the detour from Hamburg on our way to Wismar, even the few hours here was spent exploring the nook and crannies of this once very important port city!