Welcome to Lüneburg
An off-kilter church steeple, buildings leaning on each other and houses with swollen ‘beer-belly’ facades: in parts it looks like the charming town of Lüneburg has drunk too much of the Pilsner lager it used to brew. Of course, the city’s wobbly angles and uneven pavements have a more prosaic cause. For centuries until 1980, Lüneburg was a salt-mining town, and as this ‘white gold’ was extracted from the earth, shifting ground and subsidence caused many buildings to tilt sideways.
Its wobbly comic-book streets aside, Lüneburg is a lovely town with attractive stepped-gable facades and Hanseatic architecture. It has a lively student population.