Style mile – noble & classic. This shopping tour through Lübeck’s Old Town invites you to search for glittering gold, fine fashion and art for those in the know. Good taste, as Oscar Wilde used to say, is very simple: you just have to choose the best of everything.
You’ve already taken the first step by coming to Lübeck. Could it get any better? Find out for yourself on this tour: It’s high time to pay a visit to Mahlberg, the jeweller on Holstenstrasse. You will find the most exclusive selection of watches and jewellery in Northern Germany here. This family business also runs a first-rate workshop, which carries out repairs and alterations quickly and reliably.
What Mahlberg is to watches, is what Geoffrey is to fashion. Creations by Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Red Valentino and other well-known ladies’ fashion labels adorn the shop’s display windows – and they’re just waiting to be tried on.
If you’d like to dress your man at the same time, just walk around the corner to Lars Kewitz. There’s fashion for all young people here – from the elegant to the downright audacious – and with all the right accessories to match. In such a fashion paradise, where the latest styles are regularly modelled live, you’ll be inspired to try things on too.
But if you’re the type that would rather design and sew your own clothing, it’s only four doors down to Etoffe & Tessutti. The finest fabrics with the most magnificent patterns and extraordinary textures are just waiting for you to come and measure, cut and transform them into a completely personalised expression of your own style.
One block further down the road the choice offered by Bannow Antik is of soothing harmony: Beautiful antique china, mostly by Royal Copenhagen, looks stunning presented on solid, historical dining tables with an old grandfather clock ticking impressively in the corner.
The collection presented by Margrit Edelhoff’s Studio just a few paces away is at least as smart as antique silver candelabrums. Her unusual jewellery and sculptures made from stone and bronze complement a selection of cashmere knits. As well as all of these, she offers a clothing tailoring service – with the advantage of being able to choose colours that match everything else in the store perfectly.
A few steps further, you will find Caroline Rügge’s gallery, where all of the arts come together. In a single grand, historical townhouse you will find artistically plied jewellery side by side with perfectly formed little containers and many other art objects united in a varied but harmonious arrangement. The display here is regularly enriched with the addition of creations by guest artists.
You can also find fashion to warm the heart at Cashmere & Seide. It’s not possible to snuggle any more finely or elegantly than with the softest of all scarves and pullovers made from silk and cashmere by Fratelli Roselli and Petrusse!
Sensational intermissions are also part and parcel of a high-class city tour. Be sure to stop and make yourself pretty at Antje Dietel & Friseure before lunch.
Sporting the perfect hairstyle, you’re now ready to step into the Niederegger Arkadencafé on the market square. With a panorama view of the market and the towers of both St. Peter’s church and St. Mary’s church you can savour specialities from around Europe and build up your strength for the second half of the tour.
Also housed in the Town Hall arcades is the Lübeckladen. Along with other decorative souvenirs, this shop stocks the well-known drinking glasses made locally by Carl Rotter. Silesian by birth, Mr. Rotter founded his glassmaking workshop in Lübeck in 1948 and his finely engraved glasses have become an exclusive and wonderful Lübeck souvenir.
Another sight to behold is the building just behind the almighty St. Mary’s church at no. 4 Mengstrasse. It’s the Buddenbrook-House, where the lives and works of authors Thomas and Heinrich Mann are presented in a unique exhibition. With its historical interior, a section of the building emulates the family home described in Thomas Mann’s
novel „Buddenbrooks”, allowing you to experience the book come to life.
Great style for your walls can be found in Kunsthaus Lübeck, which stocks original graphics by contemporary artists such as Günter Grass, Armin Mueller-Stahl or Peter Nagel, as well as modern classics like works by Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz or Ernst Barlach.