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  • greetings from luneburg germany today  we're going to be visiting a town that  

  • rose to prosperity during the middle  ages thanks to salt aka white gold  

  • this is a legacy that is still visible today  namely in the form of dipping streets and  

  • leaning buildings but we'll get to that part  a bit later in the video in today's tour we'll  

  • show you where to get the best panoramic views of  luna bulk the views are just so spectacular we'll  

  • admire that gothic red brick architecture that  dominates the town we'll walk along the river  

  • and spot the old medieval crane we'll sample  some unique chocolate flavors including salt  

  • the local favorite and we'll finish off the day  with some hearty dishes in a cozy german pub  

  • the following is our luna book travel guide and  in this video we're going to be sharing 10 things  

  • to do inneburg germany during your visit so  guys that is what we need to climb let's go do it  

  • the water tower the water tower our first  stop of the day was the water tower and  

  • fun fact this is the tallest building in  luneburg's old town that is not a church  

  • the tower stands 55 meters tall and offers great  panoramic views okay so we made it into the water  

  • tower and we are currently taking the elevator all  the way to the top and then you get to come down  

  • by the stairs so they've really made it easy for  visitors we are saving our legs for the way down

  • so we have made it to the top and this is  definitely where you're going to get your best  

  • city views i'm talking 360 degree views you can  see in all directions i actually didn't realize  

  • how many churches there were in the city but being  up here i am surrounded by church steeples in all  

  • directions so that's pretty cool to see we've  also got windmills off in the distance you can  

  • see the beautiful historic town red rooftops all  around and then just forest off in the distance  

  • like this town is surrounded by so much greenery  so yeah it is so worth coming up here so worth it  

  • and something else that's really cool is that this  place gets a hundred thousand tourists a year yeah  

  • and about i think 220 weddings two out of every  three days there's a wedding being held exactly  

  • and they also put on concerts a few times a month  but yeah if you find yourself visiting the city  

  • definitely definitely make time for this activity  because the views like i'm saying the views are  

  • just so spectacular they are wow cool little find  here yeah we were just about to leave and this  

  • caught my eye and i was wondering are these donors  no these are the all the couples who got married  

  • look it has their their names and everything  and the date and uh sometimes a little message  

  • beside it too very cute yeah married at the water  tower yeah what a cool place to get married huh

  • then it was time to make our  way down the tower this is the  

  • part where you get to descend through the  old water tank which is 500 cubic meters

  • we then continued over to plat amzande  which is one of the oldest squares in  

  • luneburg germany and also one of the most  important medieval squares in all of germany  

  • medieval trade routes used to run through here so  if you were to travel back in time several hundred  

  • years you'd find merchants bringing their goods  by cards to trade and haggle in this very spot  

  • we tend to enjoy wandering around the new  place without much direction and in this  

  • instance we ended up in front of the basilica  of saint nicolai this is one of the three main  

  • churches in town and it was built between 1407  and 1440 in the gothic style don't forget to  

  • look up at the star rib vault which ispretty unique design for northern germany

  • okay so we just finished visiting the basilica of  saint nikolai here in the old town and apparently  

  • this used to be the church for the sailors and the  salt barrel coopers so that's a cool little bit of  

  • history right there and just as we walked in they  were starting concerts an organ concert so we gave  

  • a donation and we were able to just sit there on  the pews and enjoy the music it was very peaceful  

  • they also have a nice collection of artwork so we  kind of walked around enjoyed a bit of that and  

  • then they have what we thought was a crypt but  actually when we went down there it's a room of  

  • silence where you can sit in prayer and meditation  and ponder um so we visited that as well and yeah  

  • i really like it it's gothic architecture once  again it's modeled after saint mary's in lubeck  

  • and yeah a very beautiful church it's not the main  one the main one was closed when we tried earlier  

  • after our visit to the basilica we walked over  to the banks of the river ilmanal which flows  

  • through the town this is a really picturesque area  and if you're looking for postcard perfect photo  

  • ops this is where you'll find them you have the  weeping willow swing next to the river you can  

  • see buildings in a variety of architectural  styles all standing next to each other  

  • and you also have the old wooden crane which was  first mentioned in documents in the year 1330.  

  • this crane was mainly used for the  transport of salt and salted herring  

  • and although it is not in use today its current  state is still operational which is amazing

  • so we've just been walking down to the river  here and this is probably the most iconic view  

  • of the city i mean you just have the old crane you  have the restaurants that are located right by the  

  • riverbank and then you also have the stream and  the bridge i mean i also noticed some love locks  

  • as well well we found a restaurant with a view  we decided not to eat at the river closer to our  

  • place i know look at that since we visited the  water tower in the morning we chose a restaurant  

  • by the tower so we can continue enjoying the  views yeah and you've got to enjoy outdoor dining  

  • and fall as long as we can so we're we're milking  that uh mid-teen weather the restaurant we ate at  

  • is called frida's ambassador and we had a lovely  meal i got their parmesan cream soup with pesto  

  • and sam went for a giant burger oh so this iswonderful looking burger this is the haida burger  

  • let's open the hood wow look at all the greens  up here looks like we have a kind of a salsa  

  • dressing on top with some onions pickles loads  of cheese and oh wow a nice stick burger you  

  • think you can get all of that in one bitedon't know it's pretty big guys do the test

  • wow that looks juicy that is a juice  asaurus rex that is a beautiful burger  

  • wow but then i have some seasoned fries  over here check those out mayo dip

  • that afternoon we visited johannes kierke  which is the oldest lutheran church in luneburg  

  • much like the basilica we visited earlier this  one is also built in that red brick gothic style  

  • it was here that johann sebastian  bach composed his first works  

  • and don't forget to turn around when you reach  the altar because the organ is a work of art

  • later that afternoon we joined the guided  walking tour of luneburg which was super  

  • informative and taught us a lot about the history  of the town and its relationship with salt one of  

  • the first stops was the building known as the  pregnant house due to its huge bulging valley  

  • this occurred because the walls were built using  plaster that contained a large amount of calcium  

  • and because the bricks were fired for too  long they absorbed and accumulated moisture  

  • resulting in the walls expanding outwards  

  • we also visited the town hall building  which came into being over the course of  

  • several centuries and therefore comprises  an eclectic mix of architectural periods  

  • which range from north german brick gothic  to baroque this is the largest medieval town  

  • hall in northern germany and it also  has a beautiful rose garden out back

  • during our guided walk we learned how luna bulk  found its wealth through salt in the middle ages  

  • during a time when table salt was almost as  valuable as gold the problem is that the salt  

  • was underneath the town and water was pumped down  to extracted creating cavities this resulted in  

  • parts of the town sinking and it's something that  continues to happen to this day you can see this  

  • as you walk past medieval houses that aren't quite  level and whose doorways and windows are slanted

  • we also noticed this when we visited saint  michael's church and saw its leaning columns  

  • they actually have a plumb line  hanging to the left of the nave  

  • where you can clearly see  how slanted everything is

  • after we finished our walking tour it was time to  try some chocolates we ended up at shokotek which  

  • is a chocolate shop that carries a wide variety  of hand-selected chocolates from across the globe  

  • we did a little tasting and also bought  some chocolates to take home as gifts  

  • some of the highlights included  the salted caramel chocolate  

  • pistachio and nougat and then black licorice for  sam if you've been watching this channel for a  

  • while you know full well about his salted  licorice obsession one bite there you go  

  • i don't think i've had salty chocolate before  but it's very mild yes and it's a nice saltiness

  • all right guys we have had a very fun afternoon  we just came out of the shokotek it is basically a  

  • chocolate shop that sells chocolates from all over  the world and we got to do a tasting and mayo mai  

  • we ate some amazing chocolates in there seriously  we had a canadian chocolate surprise surprise  

  • that is made with goat milk and it has goat cheese  and it just had like this nice like saltiness to  

  • it it was so good then sam tried a salted caramel  that just like oh that was the best and then it  

  • melted in your licorice as well so i'm going to  show you what we got we just couldn't resist we  

  • had to buy some chocolate this one here it's  a marzipan chocolate with almonds i'm gifting  

  • these to my mom because she loves marzipan  she lived in northern germany for many years  

  • so her taste buds are accustomed to it and  this is another marzipan chocolate with orange  

  • and then along with her chocolate tasting we did  a little bit of a wine tasting the lady who owns  

  • this chocolate shop is originally from franconia  in southern germany and she brings franconian  

  • wine let me turn it around franconian wine that's  the very distinct shape of the bottle from that  

  • area and it's won a number of awards we tried that  one very good yeah and so that's another gift the  

  • see nirvana grape so overall yeah a really good  experience we highly recommend going there yes  

  • we would choco tech a lot of fun and some tasty  chocolates to take back home with souvenirs yes

  • by then it was dinner time so we went off in  search of food we ended up at klone for some  

  • hearty german pub fare and a beer of course  hello from the german pub we are at crone  

  • so i am having right now the local pilsner it  is called officially the lune burger pilsner  

  • and this is the big one of course 400 ml  my first official beer here in germany

  • with you with your apple juice by the way

  • that's a great pilsner always good  to go local guys if you're traveling  

  • go for the local beer and yeah we're gonna have  uh we haven't even actually ordered our food yet  

  • but we're going to get some hearty potato dishes  for supper tonight that's what we've decided on  

  • came out here fast so i got a giant  baked potato with what appears to be  

  • like a bit of a yogurt sauce yeah it's got  pickled herring and apples fancy schmancy

  • looks so good that's good i feel  like i'm having a potato salad  

  • with a bit of herring on the side look you  can see the chunks of fish there oh you can  

  • so nice look at that there's the fish it's like  sweet and sour cause it's been marinated yeah so  

  • you get that sourness and onions as well and it  came with a side salad trying to balance things  

  • out here because we are eating quite heavy nice  hearty meal for a fall evening though is it not um

  • you know what i love about pub food they  do not mess around with the portions  

  • this is a big plate so i'm basically having  a potato pancake it comes with mushrooms  

  • chicken and a gravy creamy gravy sauce so first  bite get some chicken in there go to petite hmm

  • so delicious the crispy  pancake creamy sauce chicken  

  • mushrooms oh yeah that's so hearty  so good perfect for fall day

  • all right guys we are back in the hotel  after a very fun day exploring yeah  

  • how did you like it i loved it i think you know  what it's been my favorite city to walk around  

  • on foot yes charming everything about it i lovemean we got to visit some fascinating cathedrals  

  • the views from the water tower we met some great  local people some guides it just was a great day  

  • like everything was positive everything was fun  and the weather held off like we did not get the  

  • rain even though it was teasing us all dayknow so that was great really able to cover  

  • a lot and yeah as you said we had a great timeloved the architecture in this place you know that  

  • hanseatic style with the red brick gothic it was  so cool and right now we are coming to you from  

  • our hotel we are staying in das state house and  it's pretty cool because it's a historic property  

  • and that means all the floors are crooked and like  if you look at the doorways they're like slanted  

  • which is perfect because the whole town is like  this yeah we had a really lovely stay here lots  

  • of cool artwork in this hotel it's very bright  and colorful so we really enjoyed it and tomorrow  

  • we are saying goodbye to luna book and we are  continuing on towards cele so we will see you  

  • in the next episode yeah thanks  so much for watching guys

  • you

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