Even a very wet June day could not put us off enjoying an exploration of the narrow streets of old Luneburg.
Luneburg is one of the original Hanseatic Ports, not the largest but still important. Located in the District of Saxony, Germany, it lies on the River Limenau, a tributary of the River Elbe.
Now we have known for years that brick is a great construction material, but in Luneburg the architects and bricklayers have pushed their skills to the limits of their generation. Perhaps not surprising as the area that surrounds Luneburg was rich in clay, so I guess no shortage of bricks.
The old town is a mix of dwellings but mainly buildings that were for multi use, Offices, Warehouses, Workshops… for many it was also where the owner and family all lived on the premisies.
The rain never eased but somehow it didn’t detract from the our visit. The cobble stone streets glistened and those multi colour bricks had an added glow.
I also guess that the rain ensured we had the street pretty much to ourselves!
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2020
A Wet day in Luneburg…
About 30 miles from Hamburg is the medieval and Hanseatic Town of Luneburg. It may be a small town but packed with interest. Although not a port on the sea Luneburg was granted Hanseatic Town status due to its importance in the industry of Salt mining. Luneburg is on the River Limenau and salt was taken down river to where it met the Elbe.
Whilst Luneburg is in Saxony it shares much that is similar to the towns and cities we have visited in Schleswig-Holstein….and that is ‘Brick’.
Much of the greater area is a source of clay so brick is the natural building material of choice. But in Luneburg the art of brick maker, brick layer and architect takes on a new life. The reds of the bricks varies, the shapes whilst mainly to a standard also show variety. Clay is wound into rope like twists and with the addition of some wood and topped with red pantiles you have unique buildings and a unique town.
Most of the buildings are standing straight which as the town is built upon a salt dome is rather remarkable. Every house unique, whilst now mostly residential, there was a time when many were tradesmen’s homes and workplaces, warehouses and offices and of course homes for the wealthy residents.
But one building rather puzzles us and we never did solve the puzzle, nor was a local guide that helpful. I mention most houses are standing straight, some lean at an angle and depend upon the neighbours for support…..but one house was definitely built with a bulge……
As it is one of the older houses and is still standing there cannot be much wrong with the construction.
Sadly we arrived in rain, rain that got heavier as the day went along. We would have loved to see more and linger longer to take in all that the town has to offer, lets just say the rain did put a damper on things…still we got more than just a glimpse of a town that given a chance we will return to…..
(C) David Oakes 2017