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Holsten Tor, Lübeck - Lübeck

Holsten Tor, Lübeck

Holsten Tor

The Holsten Tor was a fortification completed in 1478 along the Trave River in Lübeck.

Inside the Holsten Tor is a neat museum, and when I visited there was an exhibit on the history of the city of Lübeck, with historical artifacts and artwork.

An interesting thing to see is how the building leans awkwardly, due to settling of the foundation over the centuries. (Remember, it was built in 1478!!!)

Directions: Along the Trave River, at the entrance to the Altstadt area of Lübeck.

Phone: ++49(0)451/1 2241 29

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Das Burgtor, Lübeck - Lübeck

Das Burgtor, Lübeck

Das Burgtor

Das Burgtor was built in 1444, and is located on the north side of the Altstadt.

I could not go inside because I was there early on a Sunday and the building was closed, but I did walk around and under it! (Ah! An excuse to go back to Lübeck!)

The Burgtor is attached to the Altstadt wall, and there is a small parklike area around it, that makes for a nice walk. There are also also restaurants and small shops all along Große Burgstrasse, which leads up to the Burgtor.

Directions: At the bridge at the north entrance to the Altstadt.

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Fallen bells memorial, St. Marien Church, Lübeck - Lübeck

Fallen bells memorial, St. Marien Church, Lübeck

Marienkirche and war memorial

Flashback to the summer of 1942. The war is on, and Lübeck's strategic location and importance as a northern German population center makes it a prime target of Allied bombing raids.

One night during an air raid, the Marienkirche (Church of St. Marien) is hit by a bomb, sending two 800-kilogram bells in one of its towers cascading 120 feet to the floor, leaving a crater in the ground.

The bells are still there, left in their place as a reminder of war's consequences.

You can see the memorial while touring the interior of the church, which is a breathtaking sight.

Directions: Sorry I have no specific address, but it is hard to miss the St. Marien church--just walk toward the very tall twin spires!

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  • Updated Jan 2, 2004
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interior room, Heiligen-Geist Hospital - Lübeck

interior room, Heiligen-Geist Hospital

Heiligen-Geist Hospital 2

Here is the interior of one of the rooms.

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Elderly living quarters, Heiligen-Geist Hospital - Lübeck

Elderly living quarters, Heiligen-Geist Hospital

Heiligen-Geist Hospital--oldest "retirement home"

The old Heiligen-Geist Hospital is truly an interesting stop for anyone visiting Lübeck.

The building was built circa 1290, and later served as a retirement home of sorts. These small "apartments" inside of it that have the distinction of being the world's oldest known retirement home.

Some retirement home! The rooms are SUPER small, with doors that are maybe no more than 5 1/2 feet tall. All they really have are a bed, a table and a chair. If the elderly had no one to take care of them, they were allowed to live here. Living in such a place seems impossible to us in the present time, but they were probably considered "nice" back then.

But when you think of it, a place like this was a rather innovative concept!!!

Address: Große Gröpelgrube 2, 23552 Lübeck

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