Marzipan, architecture, labskaus, and the Baltic Sea. Those are the characteristics of the city of Lübeck, located on the Trave River west of the border to Mecklenburg-Pommerania in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany. With a population of 220,000 inhabitants, the second largest city in the state (and sixth largest in northern Germany behind Hamburg, Bremen, Hanover, Kiel, and Brunswick) prides itself on its architecture, as the Altstadt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the key ports to the Baltic Sea, which is 10 km to the north. Even the historic bridges in the city is a must-see if you are a pontist or have an interest in the city’s bridges.
I had a chance to tour the bridges in Lübeck most recently, as part of a short hiatus to see what the city has to offer. This included a tour of the ones in Altstadt by boat and learning about the history of each one. Before digging in on the tour, there are five questions to test your knowledge on the city let alone encourage you to do some research on them. The answers will be provided in the next article dealing with this particular topic.
So let’s start off with the Five Fragen for the Forum, shall we?
- Look at the picture of the statue. This was one of eight statues that can be found on which bridge? (Can you name the statue in addition to that?)
- How many movable bridges exist in Lübeck? (Can you name them?)
- One of the movable bridges is a bascule bridge. What is it and what types exist? What bridge type is this one?
- The last crossing along the Trave before emptying into the Baltic Sea is located where?
- Which bridge is the oldest extant bridge in Lübeck?
And a pair of non-bridge bonus questions for you to ponder:
6. How do you make marzipan? What candy company makes this candy?
7. What is labskaus?
You can leave your comments here or on any of the social network pages bearing the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles. The answers will come in the next week or so to allow you some time to guess or research and share your answers online. Sister column The Flensburg Files will feature a few articles on this city from a couple perspectives worth noting which will also be posted on the Chronicles’ facebook and twitter pages.
But in the meantime, as there are a couple lose ends to cover beforehand, happy guessing!