The Hanseatic League of Cities
The League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe.The League was created to protect the economic interests and diplomatic privileges of the merchants in these cities from the 1200s to the 1600s AD.
The Hanseatic City of Lübeck is in northern Germany, and is one of the major ports of Germany. It has been a UNESCO world Heritage site since 2005 . Wikipedia
|The city gate, very old and now doing a 'Tower of Pisa' thing|
Two lions guard the gate; well, one is guarding, the other sleeping
|beautiful gothic brick work|
This church, whose name we can't remember, had rooms for the elderly. They were tiny and the occupant's name was written on the door.
Children are adorable anywhere!
The x's are structural supports to prevent sagging, so I was told. Maybe they are also decorative...
This medieval courtyard is ringed by houses constructed in1639 and called Füchting's Courtyard. They have been added to and renovated over the years and are now rent-controlled housing.
Willy Brandt's house. He was chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974 and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Wikipedia
|A Woolworth store!|
MarzipanLubeck is famous for it's Marzipan. We had a wonderful cake iced with marzipan in a local shop.
Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar or honey and almond meal, sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. Wikipedia
In Germany, it is common to give marzipan in the shape of a pig as New Year presents, known as a Glücksschwein ("lucky pig").
|photo from Wikipedia|
|Door pulls for a church|
|Irish Pubs are everywhere|
The city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. Wikipedia
On the dock in Kiel we spot submarines sitting on block. Also one in the water. We were told that they were being built and the purchaser was Israel. Later in the day we would see one submarine under power.
Safety conscious bikers; about half are wearing neon, reflective vests
|The Laboe Naval Memorial and the World War II submarine U 995|