Eight questions for...

Thorsten Rodiek, Director of the Lübeck museums of Art and Cultural History

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Lübeck, what should I definitely not miss?

The Hospital of the Holy Spirit, the Church of Our Lady, the St. Annen Museum and the St. Annen Art Hall.

What do you particularly like here?

The wonderful historic town center with its narrow streets and charming little shops.

Do you have an insider tip?

The “Malerwinkel,” a park that is popular with artists because it offers a unique view.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

I was most impressed by the city skyline with its seven brick church towers.

What's the nicest time of year to visit?

All year round: spring when the sky is blue, the church roofs are green and the facades red. The summer, when the Baltic Sea attracts many people. The fall, when the city seems to be coated with a melancholy light, and the winter, when the Christmas markets are up and the entire city is festively decorated.

What else should I see here?

Travemünde, a borough of Lübeck on the Trave estuary which is home to Europe’s biggest ferry port.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

Of course the famous Lübeck marzipan, together with a good glass of Rotspon, a red wine of French origin. This unlikely combination really does taste incredibly good.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Thorsten Rodiek

was born in the city of Bremen.

He worked as an art historian for museums in Emden and Osnabrück before he came to Lübeck. He is now the director of the town’s museums including the museum of the renowned Holstentor, the city gate.


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