Had anyone told me two years ago that I would move back to Lüneburg my answer would have been “never ever!!!”
But look at me now: I have not only moved back to Lüneburg but am living in the house my grandparents build 80 years ago. There are new neighbors, but next door is the grandson of the old lady I remember from my childhood days.
Lüneburg has grown. When I moved away as a 19 year old girl it was a sleepy small town, now, 38 years later, the derelict old houses have been beautifully restored and it’s population has almost doubled. There is a famous telenovela produced in Lüneburg and fans from all over Germany visit the places they know from TV.
There are many young people from all over the word, since Lüneburg has turned into a unversity town and many professionals from Hamburg have moved into this rather romantic town, as it offers good schools and a quieter environment for the family. As a result there are a lot of very nice shops, cafés and restaurants.
I admit: I like living in Lüneburg and have difficulties understanding why I had such negative feelings about it as a young girl. Maybe it simply takes a while to understand that it is not the place you live in that determins your happiness but whether you live in peace with yourself and are able and willing to take responsibility for what you make out of your talents and possibilities.
At the moment we are busy restoring the old house, but whenever possible I am taking walks through both the old and new parts of the town and we plan a lot of trips to explore Northern Saxony.
Here is a photo of the view from Lüneburg’s watertower: