Lübeck, 15th century. The grain stocks had run out practically everywhere and, by now, the city was hungry everywhere. Food was in short supply; the only exception was almonds, of which all of Lübeck was abundant. It was at that point that a drastic decision was made; bakers were ordered to use almonds instead of bread…. thus the Marzipan was born!
Well this is just a legend! The product, originally from the East, only began its real production phase in the nineteenth century; until it became an art in Lübeck.
Lübeck, in fact. City whose historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Anyone who is in this wonderful city cannot miss a visit to the legendary Café Niederegger. It was founded by George Niederegger: more than a pastry chef, a true marzipan artist. Located in Breite Strasse, near the beautiful Rathaus, it will immediately enchant you; in fact, in its windows, authentic miniature masterpieces are exhibited. All strictly made of marzipan.
So, don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity. And… enjoy your meal at Cafe Niederegger!
Photo ©, Paul Robertson
The restaurant is located in Breite Str. 89, 23552 Lübeck, near the splendid Town Hall. If you are in the center, you can easily get there on foot.
Numerous bus lines are stationed near the Cafe Niederegger. You can get off at the nearby Lübeck Fleischhauerstraße, Schüsselbuden and Kohlmarkt stops. The latter is one of the most important stops in the city.
The restaurant is open every day of the week, from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 19:00. Saturday, from 09:00 to 18:00. Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00.
Cafe Niederegger can be considered a kind of museum-pastry shop; on the second floor, in fact, there is the Hall of Marzipan. Here, the history of marzipan processing is illustrated. Admission is free.
On the first floor, however, you cannot fail to try the delicacies of Cafe Niederegger, in all shapes and sizes. Sit in peace and taste. The environment is truly elegant and tasteful. Be sure to accompany the dessert with a glass of Lübecker Rotspon; it is a fine Bordeaux wine, aged in the cellars of Lübeck. The quality marzipan of Cafe Niederegger finds its maximum exaltation accompanied by a good Rotspon. More info available from here on the official website.