Lübeck is a beautiful city with many lovely shops, restaurants and cafés. One enters the town through the iconic Holstentor built between 1464 and 1478. When we lived in Germany - before the reunification in 1990 - Lübeck was a border city between West Germany and the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) and one of the few places that people from West Germany had safe passage to Berlin by road and train. There was a residential area in Lübeck where one could drive right up to the border. I have included a few pictures of one of our visits to this spot at the bottom of this page.

Marzipan lovers know Lübeck as the home of the famous Café Niederegger. Of course, we purchased some marzipan there to bring back home with us as gifts - mostly to our own children!

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Time for coffee :)

Where else but the "Kaffee Haus"?

Cafe-Mochas with Rhubarb-Yogurt Kuchen!

Schultüten! For kids starting their first day of school. Love this tradition!


Photos from the early-mid 1980s at a border point in Lübeck

Indeed, that sign was the official border. We were warned by a West German patrol officer not to be naive and take one step across the gate for a photo shoot.
We would likely be caught and there would be nothing he could do about it.

The sign on the right reads: "Also over there is Germany"

I know it was the mid-1980s by our car in the photo :)

These signs were typically like those shown below:

is the Border zone


Warning! Risk of Death!
of Soviet-Zone Mines


Gary and Cathy Martin