Lauenburg is not far from my hometown and we like taking a trip to the old part of it to look at the river Elbe.
Lauenburg has a lower part, mainly one long row of old houses with interesting entrances and some shops with arts and crafts.
Walking up one of the little backstreets, one reaches the upper part of Lauenburg. 900 years ago there was a castle above the river. The watchtower dating back to the 15th century is a reminder of that time. It was used as jail and a lookout. Later a residence replaced the castle and these days it is integrated into everyday life in Lauenburg.
From the end of September to mid October we often have warm, sunny days. Perfect for walking and enjoying the abundance of autumn colours.
The landscape aroung Lüneburg ist pretty and mellow but far from spectacular. Therefore I have learnt to look at details, small, pretty things that will perhaps not catch your eye when you are stunned by terrific mountains or thundorous waves.
This weekend I have been looking out for berries, the kind you find hidden in many garden hedges or near overgrown paths in abondoned parks. Aren’t they pretty?
On our way to Schwerin we passed the small town Ludwigslust in Mecklenburg – Vorpommern. The beautiful little town is still being restored. 41 years of the communist regime of East Germany had left it in a desolate state. When I first saw the castle about 20 years ago, the sandstone was black and the castle about to fall down. Looking at the castle and it’s surrounding today is a delight. See for yourself: