Followed Autumn and listened to its stories while walking on charming and picturesque streets of Lubeck which preserved its beauty after so many centuries
When I start this trip I could never imagine that I am going to become so fond of Lubeck. But I did, and it happened so sudden.
It was midday when I arrived in Lubeck. A bright autumnal sun was making the yellow leafs looking like being made out of gold. I saw from afar the pointy towers which I assumed that were churches and were a good indication of where the Altstadt( old town) was. I walked trying to reach those towers and I crossed a canal and came upon a little pond. The trees around the pond looked like gilded and the two towers from a nearby church were reflected in its still waters. That image was inspiring me so much calmness and peacefulness that I had to just stop walking and sit for a while on a bench watching the ducks and swans floating on the surface. When the wind was blowing, yellows leaves were falling on me adding a bit of magic to the entire scenery. Looked like snowing with big golden snowflakes. It was so bright and I was breathing in that light. Autumn was bringing so much colour and warmth painting every corner, every tree and every house.
I could have stayed on that bench the entire day just watching the ducks floating relaxed on the surface of the lake. I could have, but I didn`t. I could hear the streets call, enticing me to walk on it and discover the lovely town.
I was so excited and I started to feel that hunger for discovery fuelled by curiosity. Those who travel now what I am talking about. Nothing can compare with this feeling, so no wonder I just let myself walking at random letting my inner compass guide me.
The Lubeck Cathedral was the first one I saw. I could not have missed it because its towers are mirrored by the ponds waters and it is the most impressive edifice when entering town from the South.
It was built in 12th century and in WWII was partially destroyed by the heavy bombing but restored in 1982. The tall pointy towers are absolutely remarkable and made me think how must have looked like in 13th century compared with the surroundings.
Probably I have a soft spot for red brick buildings because I kept taking pictures every time I saw one. Actually, the red brick houses and crow-stepped gable are characteristic for Lubeck. In that moment I wished I could have travelled even for a minute in the past and see how it might have looked like centuries ago.
As I learned from my high school history classes, Lubeck was part of the Hanseatic league. The league was established in the 12th century and Hamburg and Rostock were also part of it. The importance of Lubeck in those times was tremendous and by the 14th century was named the Queen of the Hanseatic League, being one of the most powerful members.
The reminiscence of the former glory could be seen in its buildings which leaves no doubt of its former maritime power. Although placed on an enclosed island on Trave river it has an exit to the Baltic sea at Travemunde. Also is connected with Elbe river through Elbe-Lubeck Canal which made of Lubeck one of the most important ports in Germany.
Probably I should add that because of its Brick Gothic architecture was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is truly a gem and I walked on its streets numerous time while I stayed there and every time I was more and more surprised by its beauty.
I took so many photos and by the time I had to chose which one I should use for this article, it was so difficult for me to chose. Each of my photos was capturing a moment, was telling a story and was bringing memories. I took pictures even of Holstentor, which is Lubeck`s most known landmark, but I did not add it here. Personally, I totally disagree that Holstentor is the most relevant landmark. If I could choose, I would say that the North Gate is by far the most relevant and beautiful.
Another thing Lubeck is famous for is the marzipan. Although the almonds are native to a region with much warmer climates here marzipan is one of the traditional products. According to the legend, around 1407 it was famine, there was no wheat in the grains just almonds in the warehouses. To substitute the bread they grounded almonds added sugar and made bread out if it. The final product was so tasty that it became representative for the town.
Lubeck is amazing, but to be able to absorb this amazingness a trip to Cafe Niederegger adds that yumminess that brings a visit to Lubeck on the brinks of ecstasy. I can definitely say that they have the tastiest cakes coated with marzipan I ever ate. Not to mention how good were looking. I had such a hard time to chose from which one am I going to try one slice because all were looking so so yummilicious. I love marzipan so all this is understandable.
A coffee and a slice of a delicious marzipan coated cake in a coffee shop across the gothic style rat house (town council) is the best way to finish a day of walking on the streets of Lubeck. The smell of that coffee still lingers and I can feel in my mouth the taste of that extraordinary cake. I am looking outside and the first snow covered everything.
I was brought by Autumn here and it was Autumn that guided me when I lost myself in centuries of history while walking on Lubeck`s streets telling me stories. When I left, Lubeck remained there in Autumn, same as it ever was and same as it always be