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Lüneburg Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 207 photos

Cives luneburgensis sum

meaning 'I am a citizen of Lueneburg'
unfortunately it is not true, but at least I have nice memories of this city

When the Salt was the White Gold

(some historical notes)

- The first document where Lueneburg was mentioned dates from 956 (King Otto I)
- Saltworks had been in operation before the town was founded
- The town experienced prosperity at the time of Henry the Lion.
- In 1235 - the duchy (herzogtum) Braunschweig-Lueneburg was founded
- Lueneburg joined Hanseatic League (an alliance of trading guilds that owned a trade monopoly over the Baltic Sea and most of Northern Europe in the period 13-17th century) in 1371; Stecknitzkanal was built in order to transport the salt from Lueneburg to Luebeck; this is the time when the most of the buildings were erected - red-bricks arcitecture;
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- time of prosperity - till Reformation in 1524
- the Reformation and religious wars paralized the salt trade.
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- Lueneburg recovered thanks to the beginning of the industrialisation and the construction of the first railway line from Hamburg via Lueneburg to Uelzen and then to Lauenburg and Luebeck
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- a period of great prosperity after the Franco-Prussian war(1870-1871);
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- a spa centre was opened in the early 20th century
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- after the WWII the population of Lueneburg increased from 30,000 before the war till 65,000 because of the refugies; the city was relative unaffected by the war.

  • Last visit to Lüneburg: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 7, 2006
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Thanks for the tour through Lüneburg :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Yes, it's a great place! I only heard about Lüneburger Weide...

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 5:16 AM

    Very interesting page! I didn't know anything about Lueneburg. Interesting train tip.

  • JourneyOf1's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2006 at 1:21 PM

    Great photos here, glad you enjoyed your visit! Greetings from Yvette in Berlin

  • Sue08080's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2006 at 10:23 AM

    Greetings, Lilia! I'll look for more.

  • May 26, 2006 at 9:38 AM

    Hi Lilia! Great start here - I shall enjoy seeing this page develop as I wasn't able to visit this town on my last trip to Niedersachsen unfortunately! :))

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