Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lübeck and Travemünde, Sept 15, 2018, PJ M

Beach shekters at Travemünde

Lübeck and Travemünde

Outbound to Leuven & Kiel, Day 18 of 24, September 15, 2018
By:  PJ M

Today we took the train to Lübeck and Travemünde.  The beach in Travemünde has been a holiday beach for well over 100 years. There are small covered shelters on the beach with cushions for sitting that were rented at a kiosk, but it was cold, windy and rainy, so they were all empty (photo above).

We then boarded a ferry to the tall sailing ship Passat. Our guide gave us not just the history of the Passat and its sister ships, but also how they built her, how they changed the sail configurations, and how they navigated and steered her. 

On the shuttle boat to see the Passat

The Passat, 39 times around Cape Horn

Up the ganplank
It's easy!

Then we returned to the beach for a lunch of handmade fried fish patties and potato salad.

After lunch we returned to Lübeck and walked through the old medieval city center. The gate towers are still there, built in 1466 and leaning heavily after so many centuries.

Lübeck gate towers

We walked to the center market square and then to a famous marzipan shop, thought by some to be the best in Germany.


We then walked through many narrow twisting roads lined with centuries old houses.

One was the home of the grandparents of Thomas Mann (famous German author who won the Nobel Prize in 1929). The house was the stage for one of his books.

The home in Thomas Mann's  'Buddenbrooks'

Just before returning the train station to go back I found another wonderful marzipan shop! It was a wonderful day!

In Friendship and Peace

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