Niederegger marzipan represents "marzipan of world renown" and is a genuine Lübeck product to seduce the senses. Embark on a voyage of discovery and delve into the history of our sweet temptation. You can sample the tasty treats for yourself, for example, a marzipan cappuccino in the Café Niederegger.
History of marzipan
Marzipan's triumphal march began in Lübeck. Johann Georg Niederegger (1777–1856) founded the factory which still makes the irresistible delicacy with such perfect quality. He even supplied marzipan to kings and czars. But the origin of the delectable delicacy lies elsewhere.
Our marzipan was invented in the orient where almonds and sugar indeed have their home. When the crusaders returned from the orient, they brought with them the secret of making marzipan. Mighty Hanseatic cogs carried the now legendary recipe to the North of Germany. Initially, however, only apothecaries were allowed to trade with sugar and spices. Not until confectionery became a trade in its own right were they allowed to produce marzipan. At first, it was only kings and the rich who were able to indulge in marzipan. It took until the beginning of the 19th century before ordinary citizens were able to enjoy the fine marzipan as sugar became more affordable once it could be extracted from sugar beet.
The land of milk and honey can be found on the ground floor of the Niederegger headquarters. Delectable souvenirs of the Hanseatic city, especially the magnificent Hanseatic town made of pure marzipan, can be bought here. Satisfied customers throughout the world are highly appreciative of Niederegger's attention to detail and careful manufacturing process. You can test this for yourself in the Marzipan Paradise: Even the smallest figures, from charming teddy bears or lucky pigs up to the famous marzipan fruit are all hand-crafted perfection. The Niederegger compositions have stolen many a heart.
The museum on the 2nd floor takes the visitor on a long journey tracing the almond speciality's centuries of history from its oriental beginnings up to its arrival in the Hanseatic city. The twelve life-size marzipan figures are especially impressive. Free admission.
The café is on the 1st floor of the Niederegger house and has delightful views over the pedestrian area and a wonderful assortment of delicious pastries and cakes such as the original marzipan nut cake. The chef also has a changing selection of delicacies on hand for breakfast or lunch. In the Arkadencafé opposite, you may enjoy Niederegger specialities and small snacks, even outside in the summer, with a view of the town hall square.
Shop, café and marzipan salon
Breite Straße 89 (opposite the steps of the Town Hall)
Tel.: +49 (0) 4 51/53 01 -126 127
Mon - Fri 9 am - 7 pm, Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Sun 10 am - 6pm
On request, guided tours, marzipan modelling and special events.
Tel.: +49 (0) 4 51/53 01 -126 -127
Mon - Thurs 8 am - 8 pm, Fri - Sat 8 am - 10 pm, Sun 10 am - 8 pm
Niederegger Factory Outlet
The factory outlet in "Zeißstraße" has the usual large selection of marzipan on offer at commercial prices as well as various reduced items in stock. Of course, there is also a coffee bar and sufficient parking for customers.
Niederegger Factory Outlet
Tel.: +49 (0) 4 51 / 53 01 -279
Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm and Sat 9 am - 2 pm
You can find further information on the product range, the Niederegger world of nougat and new goodies here.