It is an early morning on the Trave. The barges are still moored at the shore, a light wind is blowing over the water. Once ships from all over the world used to enter the harbour, today they are tourist boats leaving for trips.
On the banks of the river Trave we have an appointment with a woman who was already infatuated with Mozart in her childhood and found a home in Lübeck 25 years ago: the clarinetist Sabine Meyer. With her we board a small electric boat to circumnavigate the Old Town, which is shaped like an island. The world-famous soloist knows that from the water you have the best view of the city's seven church towers, of the staircases and round gables of architectural gems, of Lübeck's unique brick architecture. She has often shown friends her adopted home from the waterways, together with her husband, the renowned music professor Reiner Wehle. He is travelling this week, Sabine Meyer is alone in Lübeck for a few days. A rarity. She is usually the one who travels the world with her clarinet: China, Korea, Australia, then again Europe. About 160 days a year, for 70 to 80 concerts. "In my being on the road, Lübeck radiates something secure, something warming," she enthuses about the tranquil city, whose medieval core has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. "I like to come back home every time." Despite its manageable size, the city of culture has an incredible amount to offer: the museums, the art collections from the 19th and 20th centuries, the orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the theatre. "Yet the city itself is not a museum, not just a backdrop. It is alive. And its narrow streets contrast wonderfully with the vastness of the Baltic Sea. Sabine Meyer holds her face in the wind, closes her eyes. A small moment of self-submersion. Contemplation is possible for the busy woman above all in music - in music and on the water. The boat glides along almost silently, the mirror images of the houses tremble in the Trave. Each of them has its own story to tell of the Romanesque age, the Renaissance, Classicism, Expressionist reorientation.