Hansestadt Lüneburg

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University, salt and Hanseatic city with a beautiful old town

Lüneburg bears many names - the city is not only the namesake of the Heath and University City, but also the Salt and Hanseatic City. For over a thousand years, salt was extracted from the briny underground here, and trade in the then precious commodity helped Lüneburg to become rich, prestigious and a member of the Hanseatic League. Magnificent churches, over a thousand architectural monuments - many of them in the brick Gothic style - and richly decorated patrician houses have survived from the flourishing past as a salt and Hanseatic city.

Yet Lüneburg is by no means museum-like. The city pulsates and offers a rich cultural life with theatres, concert stages, museums, studios and galleries, the literature office and many other institutions. Since 2006 Lüneburg has also been the city of the 'Red Roses' - the ARD telenovela about a woman in her prime is set in the middle of Lüneburg and captivates an audience of millions. Many fans of the series like to make a pilgrimage to the Hanseatic city to visit.

Old Town, City Hall and Water Quarter

Stroll leisurely through Lüneburg's historic streets and squares or let a guided tour take you to the most beautiful corners of the city - these include, for example, the Westliche Altstadt (Western Old Town), which was to be demolished in the 1970s: Due to the highly briney, hollowed-out ground, many houses simply sank away. Today, the old town has been impressively restored and is a real feast for the eyes with its rose-covered gabled houses.

Be sure to visit the town hall, which is one of the most beautiful and important town halls in northern Germany with its magnificent rooms such as the court arbour, the Fürstensaal, the Ratsstube and many other sumptuously furnished rooms. You can also stroll through the water district: with St. Nikolai's Church, the Old Crane and the Stintmarkt in the historic harbour, it is one of the most beautiful parts of Lüneburg.

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