Lübeck is a medieval gem of Christmas markets and marzipan December 2015

Last week Steve and I flew to Hamburg with his brother Tony and wife Linda for our annual trip to visit the Christmas markets, and this year our destination was Lubeck, in Northern Germany.

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A view of 14th Century St Marys Church from the North

lubeck-portCenturies old warehouses still line the waterfront and are now shops, restaurants and bars. Their step gables, and the Gothic spires of the churches are a striking feature of the landscape.

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Lubeck is famous for it’s Niederegger marzipan
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Inside the shop was a feast of marzipan and a cafe……
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where we ate delicious cake!

Germany: Lübeck - Christmas Market in front of the City Hall

A view of one of Lubeck’s splendid Christmas markets by night. In the background is the city hall which dates back to the 13th century. Since 1987 the medieval old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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A typical market stall selling ceramic miniature houses which are lit up by tea lights

Lubeck’s most iconic building is the Holstentor, the impressive remaining city gate which sits on a separate island by a park.

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City side view of the iconic Holstentor Gate

The road through the gate leads to a cobbled square housing the porticoed town hall and part of the annual Christmas markets. Other stalls are in Koberg square, overlooked by Saint Jakobi Church and the medieval Holy Spirit Hospital. Nearby are shops selling the famous Niederegger marzipan founded here, and the former houses of Willy Brandt, Günter Grass and Thomas Mann.

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A splendid aerial view

We stayed at Hotel zur alten Stadtmsuer in the historic old town which had the advantage of private parking.IMG_7355

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We enjoyed breakfast in this lovely conservatory
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I was delighted to find the hotel also sold craft work* see the story of the elves below

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Hotel zur alten Stadtmsuer, is a small family-run two star superior hotel which was affordable and centrally located in a quiet side street only a short walk into the city centre, and the magical Christmas markets.

We ate at Bei Ulla, a popular local bar and restaurant which served traditional home-cooked German dishes and was very welcoming.image001-9

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We tucked into Bratwrurst and Pommes Frites, and drank draft Bitburger beer
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The bar was tastefully decorated for Christmas
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Antique Tiffany lamps were a beautiful feature of the restaurant area
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We shopped under a canopy of magnificent lights over the market stalls

image001-14And we bought furry hats, funky socks, liqueurs, stollen, chocolate novelties, Christmas baubles and much, much more!

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Seasons Greetings

We sampled several mugs of the traditional Gluwein as we meandered around the market stalls and a new drink to us Feuerzangenbowie, which was served hot and literally flaming!

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Recommended by a friend in Berlin the Feuerzangenbowie drink was delicious, and featured rum soaked sugar cones which were lit before serving.

We all enjoyed a memorable trip to magical Lubeck, with its impressive historic old town, the delightful Christmas markets, and lots of lovely bars with exceptional service. The hotel, car hire and flights were reasonably priced and we found that drinks and meals out were better value and generally less expensive than in the UK.

*The story of the elves – At the hotel where we stayed there were lots of tasteful traditional Christmas decorations, including two long-legged colorful elf character figures on display. Steve was very keen to obtain a couple of similar elves to take home, so we searched all the Christmas shops and stalls in Lubeck for three days, but to no avail. On our final morning Steve asked the hotel staff where he could find such an elf to buy and to our surprise the two elves were actually for sale! It made the perfect end to our trip to bring them back with us, and certainly put us in the mood for Christmas.

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The elves are very happy in their new home!
Granny Apples says Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year one and all.
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Hotel zur alten Stadtmauer
An der Mauer 57. 23552 Lubeck
“Bei Ulla” Gaststatte
Mohlenstrasse 19. 23552 Lubeck
Niederegger Cafe and Shop
Breite Strasse 89
Gegenuber der Rathaustreppe 23552 Lubeck
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