Stone upon stone
The fact that many small bricks can help to build huge edifices is well illustrated by the “Lübeck Masterclass” city walk. It will take you to Lübeck’s architectural masterpieces, from the Holsten Gate to the Cathedral district.
Start at the Holsten Gate, the world-famous symbol of Hanseatic self-confidence. Cross the river Trave behind the historic salt warehouses and turn right into An der Obertrave where Schleswig-Holstein's only University of Music is situated. With around 300 concerts a year, it is also Schleswig-Holstein’s largest concert organiser. Nearly every evening at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. it is possible to listen for free to performances and exam pieces presented by students studying a variety of different styles. Now turn left into Große Petersgrube with St. Peter's spire towering above you at the northern end. From the platform, you can gain an all-encompassing impression of the millions of red bricks: the view over the picturesque cityscape is unique.
Via Schmiedestraße, Pferdemarkt and Parade you reach the next milestone of Lübeck’s architecture: The cathedral is located in one of the most peaceful corners of the Old Town. It is a Romanesque, three-naved hall church and the oldest place of worship in Lübeck. Heading North, follow Fegefeuer towards St.-Annen-Straße. If you want to take a break, in Mühlenstraße stop by None Meat. Afterwards continue your tour on St.-Annen-Straße. Here, you will find St. Anne's Art Gallery and Museum located in the former convent of St. Anne's. After your visit discover one of Lübeck’s popular alleyways, namely the alleyway Alter Posthof. When visiting, please, respect the privacy of the residents. Aother break needed? Stop by Café Konvent.
St. Giles, the smallest of the churches in the Old Town, is tucked away in a sleepy corner just across the road. After a visit of this church follow St.-Annen-Straße into Balauerfohr and turn left into Hüxstraße. Several restaurants, cafés as for example Kaffeehaus, and galleries are located there. Walking along Hüxstraße you will pass the gallery Ansichtssache and gallery AC Noffke. Additionally, you can visit a further alleyway called Pelzer-Gang. Keep your eyes to discover many other courtyards and alleyways as more than 90 of them are located in many parts of the Old Town. You shouldn’t miss the "Queen of brick Gothic", the mighty church of St. Mary's, which is located behind the Town Hall and served as a model for numerous church buildings in the Baltic region.
If you’d like to visit another gallery at the end of your tour, turn into Marienkirchhof and go straight down towards Fischstraße. The gallery “Galerie per-seh” is located in the middle of this historic quarter, which is currently being redeveloped.