Thursday, 13 April 2017

My Trip to Lüneburg

On Monday I got a postcard from Germany.

It is the Chronicle card of Lüneburg. Lüneburg emerged from a small village next to the castle from where the Principality of Lüneburg-Brunswick was governed. In 956 the salt spring was mentioned for the first time, which generated the town's wealth over the next centuries. Around 1200 town privileges were awarded to Lüneburg and in 1371 the town became largely independent. Later it became an important member of the Hanseatic League. 
I mailed this card to me when I visited Lüneburg on Saturday.


Stamp:
Glücksburg Castle (from set of two) (issued 02-01-2013)


The German Salt Museum was founded in the old production facilities of the Lüneburg Saltworks when they were closed in 1980. It tells the history of the salt trade in Lüneburg and salt in general.



The Town Hall of Lüneburg was constructed from 1230 onwards and today still houses the town council of Lüneburg. It is said to be the largest Medieval town hall in Northern Germany.


The treadwheel crane at Lüneburg's old harbour was first mentioned in 1330. It was used to ship the salt from and firewood for the Saltworks. Today it is a landmark of Lüneburg.



The Museum Lüneburg was opened in 2015, after three older museums were merged. Its collection is focused on archaeology, culture and natural history.




The Saint Michael's Church was built between 1376 and 1434. It is an important example of the Brick Gothic. Between 1700 and 1702 Johann Sebastian Bach was a member of the church's choir.



The Saint Nicholas' Church is the youngest and smallest of the three main churches of Lüneburg. It was built between 1407 and 1440 in the style of the Brick Gothic.




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