Northern Plain June
28 to July 1
Berlin to Lubeck
|Morning of June 28... leaving Berlin|
Dreger in Haselhorst on the western outskirts of Berlin. I stopped in
to repair some damage done by too many bumps over curbs, and too many
rides down cobbled streets.
300 km from Berlin to Lubeck on the Baltic passes across a rolling plain
of rich farmland. Canadians: it reminded me of the land between Calgary
and Edmonton, and is in fact, roughly the same latitude, with a somewhat
of the socio-economic artifacts still evident twenty years post-GDR: the
towns in this part of the country seem to have very little commerce. They
are typically ~ 10km apart, consist of twenty or thirty homes of farmers,
with maybe a mechanic’s shop. No store, no hotels, restaurants,
or gas stations. A small mall — built post-wall — in a town,
say, every forty km. Very different than in a similar landscape in Bavaria.
windmills — they're everywhere on the northern plain, and for good
reason. I had an
Bottom: Corn. Lots of that too.
the bikeway 'goes thin on me'.
Schwerin's new tramway — built partly by Bombardier
Achtung: Automatic Bollard System
seen this in a few European cities. It's a way to control vehicle access
to a pedestrianized street. Delivery vans and service vehicles will have
a key or an access card that will lower the bollard and allow them to
pass. Moments later it will rise again, automatically.
Rathaus, (town hall)
I found Schwerin to be a very visitor-friendly town, well restored, with lots of sites, hotels and restaurants. The Tourist Office did a better-than-average job as well.
another Trabbie! Outside a government office near town centre.
Note the way that parking spots are reserved. You have a key to remove the post in front of your assigned spot. The post is chained into the hole so it won't get stolen. When you leave, you put the post back into the hole.
the road from Schwerin to Lubeck.
The terrain on this leg was hilly again. This is another of those thoughtful anomalies you find along the radweg.
An obelisk marks the height-of-land on the route 104. It looks like it dates from before WWII.
The Holstentor, the only remaining gate in Lubeck's medieval defenses. It dates from the 1300's.
If it looks like it is a bit tilty, it's not photographic distortion. The Tor was built on unstable riverside ground, and has been sagging for several centuries.
It's another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
House was one of my touch points. It's a museum dedicated to one of my
favourite authors, Thomas Mann, and his family .
house itself was the Thomas' childhood home — it had been in the
family since the 1750's — and was the setting for his novel 'Buddenbrooks'
which won him the Nobel Prize.
what else is Lubeck known for?
In the window of the Niederegger Cafe, undisputed masters of the delicacy for the past few centuries, marzipan models of Lubeck landmarks.
bishop's palace, with the Marienkirche behind.
|Hotel an der Marienkirche|
|I stayed here, night of July 1, right across the street from the Marienkirche. A very nice hotel.|
|Next:||Lubeck to the Netherlands|