We drove through Lubeck on our way home from Copenhagen; we had very fond memories of Lubeck given it was our first European camping experience in 2005. We had left Hamburg and the comfortable arms of our friends Brita and Gabriela who helped us import our motorhome, Gypsy, into Germany and were now truly on our own.
Lubeck, a UNESCO World Heritage city, described as a "12th Century gem with over 1,000 historical buildings" is one of the founding members of the Hanseatic League. You enter the city through the Holstentor (gate) built in 1464 and you will find streets lined with Medieval merchants' homes and spired churches. The Rathaus (city hall) is like something out of a fairy tale and thought of as the most beautiful in Germany. It is also the home of the world famous Niederegger Marzipan - and boasts a museum about its history from 1805. You have never had real marzipan (52% almonds) until you try this - nothing at all like our sugary American marzipan you find on wedding/Christmas cakes!
Unfortunately we were both tired from our whirlwind trip through Denmark visiting friends, so we took advantage of the hot, sunny day and just wandered around the city, appreciating the architecture and narrow, winding streets void of tourists - forsaking the opportunity to explore the inside of museums, churches and ancient buildings. The city was chock a block with tourists, tour buses, souvenir shops - which detracted very much from the solemn Medieval flavour of the city.
One of the things that struck us, however, was seeing permanently installed clothes lines right along the beautiful canal, facing the obviously expensive homes. The issue of laundry is certainly different in Europe - imagine the reaction of the folks in British Properties, or False Creek, if they had to look across at everyone's laundry blowing in the breeze!
PS. They say there must be something in the water, as Lubeck is also the home of Günter Grass and Thomas Mann, and former chancellor Willy Brandt!