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The tradition of Lübeck as a wine trading town goes back to the 14th century. At that time, the great need for salt to preserve herring created a lively trade between Lübeck and the Bay of Biscay coast. Initially, barrels of red Bordeaux wine were loaded from the salt ships as a side load. These wines were given the popular name "Rotspon"; and quickly gained great popularity. The circle of customers of the Lübeck wine trade extended from northern Germany along the Baltic coast to the Baltic states and Finland. The designation "Lübecker Rotspon"; applies to red wines of French origin which are brought loosely to Lübeck and bottled according to old tradition. H.F. von Melle Beckergrube 86 23552 Lübeck Phone: +4904511050 Web: E-Mail: CARL TESDORPF Mengstraße 64 23552 Lübeck Phone: +490451799270 Web: E-Mail:


Lübeck is famous for marzipan, and Café Niederegger on Breite Straße is the place to buy it – in 300 varieties! Beautifully packaged it makes delicious gifts. Take a look at the life-sized marzipan figures in the Marzipan Salon while you’re there. From the Town Hall, the busy town centre shopping streets are pedestrianised. There’s a wealth of individually-owned shops on Hüxstraße and Fleischhauerstraße, two of the city’s most attractive shopping streets. These, and other side streets leading off the pedestrian precinct, are the place to look for designer fashion, accessories and jewellery.