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Two weeks ago, the weather for the Easter weekend promised to be so beautiful, I quickly decided to take advantage of that and go on a short trip. I had always wanted to visit some of the cities in North Germany, ever since I did a large History assignment on the Hanseatic League when I was in secondary school, so inspired by Mariusz’s recent posts from Germany, I booked a hotel in Lübeck, which used to be the de facto capital of the Hanseatic League as the largest and most powerful member of the confederation.

The Hanseatic League (short form: Hanse or Hansa) was a commercial confederation of market towns and guilds in Northern Europe in the Late Middle Ages. It started in a couple of North German towns in the late 1100s, but came to dominate (mostly maritime) trade along the coasts of Northern Europe in an area stretching from London and Bruges in the west to Bergen in the north and Novgorod in the east. Representatives from member towns regularly met in Lübeck for a Hansetag conference, for the first time in 1356. The Hanse was at its most powerful in the late 14th century, before diminishing after 1450. The last Hansetag was held in 1669. Several German cities still call themselves Hanseatic cities, including Lübeck, whose official name is Hansestadt Lübeck (Hanseatic City of Lübeck).

Lübeck is located in the south-eastern corner of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein on the river Trave, not far from its mouth on the Baltic Sea. It has got almost 220,000 inhabitants and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The old town is located on an island in the Trave and has got many examples of Brick Gothic architecture characteristic for many Hanseatic cities.

Seen here is Holstentor (Holsten Gate), a city gate built in 1464 and now a symbol of the city. It is one of the two city gates, which were part of Lübeck’s medieval fortifications, which have survived. The background features the spire of the Petrikirche (Church of St Peter).

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Exposure Time: 1/1250 sec
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Focal Length: 927/100 mm
Date Taken: 2019-04-19 16:31
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