Detours increase your local knowledge
The “Lübeck’s finest” walk takes you from the Town Hall to the marzipan museum in Café Niederegger. In fact, the museum is just a few steps from the Town Hall. But you need to earn Lübeck’s sweet delight!
The route takes you through the Town Hall courtyard to St. Mary’s church, the largest brick building in the world. On the North side, you will reach a quiet square with many trees. The Buddenbrook House stands opposite – where the family of the author Thomas Mann once lived. Turn right in front of the Renaissance façade and continue until you reach the pedestrian zone in Breite Straße. Drift with the crowds to the left until you reach house number 2 – the impressive headquarters of the Seafarer's Guild. Opposite you, the spire of St. Jacob’s looms over the merchants’ houses. Turn to the North in front of St. Jacob’s and proceed along Kleine Burgstraße towards the Castle Gate. On the left, you will see Burgkloster (Castle Monastery), the most significant monastery complex in the North.
Now turn towards the town centre and stroll along Große Burgstraße until the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, one of the Europe’s first hospitals, built in Gothic style. Further South, you reach the Behnhaus-Drägerhaus Museum with its impressive art collection. The Willy-Brandt House stands in the direct vicinity with a stimulating exhibition on the politician’s life. Then turn left into Glockengießerstraße and you come to Günter Grass House.
Here, you can admire the wide-ranging works of art by this winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. A few steps further on, you will see St. Catherine’s whose spires are adorned by three famous sculptures by Ernst Barlach. Now follow Königstraße until Hüxstraße, Lübeck’s wonderful shopping street. Turn right and walk towards – yes, you’ve guessed it – the Town Hall. Turn left in front of it and you will see Café Niederegger with its marzipan salon. There you will be rewarded with a cup of marzipan cappuccino and a slice of original marzipan nut cake!
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