The old port in Lüneburg used to be a transshipment point for the precious salt on the way to Lübeck. An industrial monument that is still fully functional today can be found in the harbor on the Stintmarkt: the old crane. It is the secret landmark of Lüneburg.lueneburg.info/de/kultur/sehenswuerdigkeiten
January 16, 2020
The Old Crane in the Lüneburg Water District is next to the town hall one of the secret landmarks of the salt and Hanseatic city.The wooden, copper-covered "Old Crane" on the Ilmenau is mentioned in documents as early as 1346. The crane was used to lift the valuable salt from the Lüneburg saltworks, because the salt could then be shipped to Lübeck via the Stecknitz Canal. Firewood and all sorts of other goods were also lifted and transported by crane. The crane was driven by pedal bikes, which were moved by at least two adult men (depending on the load, more).One of the last to be lifted with his help was a steam locomotive for the Braunschweig-Vienenburg railway in the 19th century, which came from England to Lüneburg by water.lueneburger-heide.de/stadt/sehenswuerdigkeit/69/lueneburg-alter-kran.html
January 16, 2020
The old crane is a landmark of Lüneburg and symbol of the old port on the stint. It is still fully functional and can be visited on city tours from the inside.A crane at the site of today's crane at the port of Lüneburg is first mentioned in documents in 1330. He served in addition to the lifting of other goods especially the operation of the Lüneburg Saline, namely on the one hand for shipping the salt produced there (especially on the Stecknitz canal to Lübeck, but also in other cities) and on the other hand for landing the firewood, which for the operation of brewhouses was needed. The crane shared the work with the smaller winches of the neighboring warehouse (then Heringshaus, today called Old Department Store). A decree of the City Council of Lueneburg stipulated which goods had to be lifted by which crane and which fees ("crane money") had to be paid for them.The original crane has been rebuilt over and over again over the centuries. In its present form, the crane is almost unchanged since 1797. In the winter of 1795, many structures in the harbor were severely damaged by a flood of ice, including the crane and the adjacent bridge. The crane was rebuilt in the summer of 1797 by the carpenter G. P. Hintze under the direction of the land manager Kruse in a new form.On August 13, 1840, the crane lifted its heaviest load ashore: a steam locomotive for the Ducal Braunschweig State RailwaySource for text and construction ::
May 27, 2017
The old crane in Lüneburg is something special, because it is still fully functional.Since 1303 a crane is attested at this point. Again and again it was renewed and rebuilt. Since 1797, today's crane is almost unchanged. His heaviest load in 1840 was a locomotive weighing about 9.3 tons. He does not have to lift that today because the counterweights made of boulders and heavy oak planks have suffered a bit over time. The crane inside can be visited on city tours.Source:
July 27, 2017
One of Lüneburg's landmarks is the Old Crane. This crane is a real original (careful: pleonasmus!) And dates back to the end of the 18th century. With this crane, the won salt (but certainly not only that) was loaded on barges, which in turn were made on the old Delvenau-Stecknitz route to Lübeck, from where the salt was shipped to the entire Baltic Sea area.
April 6, 2019
Lüneburg: old crane
LüneburgThe Old Crane in the Lüneburg Water District is one of the secret landmarks of the salt and Hanseatic city next to the town hall.The wooden, copper-covered "Old Crane" on the Ilmenau is mentioned in documents as early as 1346. The crane was used to lift the valuable salt from the Lüneburg saltworks, because the salt could then be shipped to Lübeck via the Stecknitz Canal. Firewood and all sorts of other goods were also lifted and transported by crane. The crane was driven by pedal bikes, which were moved by at least two adult men (depending on the load, even more).One of the last to be lifted with his help was a steam locomotive for the Braunschweig-Vienenburg railway in the 19th century, which came from England to Lüneburg by water.
December 16, 2019
At the former harbor in the Wasserviertel, visitors will find the "Old Crane", a landmark of Lüneburg. The wooden harbor crane was once used to load and unload ships that came to Lüneburg via the Ilmenau. But it was also indispensable for the operation of the Lüneburg salt works. This is where the precious salt was shipped, which brought great wealth to the city during the Hanseatic League.A crane at the Lüneburg harbor is mentioned as early as the mid-14th century. The load carrier as we know it today has existed since 1797 when the original crane was rebuilt in a new form. The lifting machine consists of a fixed, circular lower part and a rotating upper part with a crane boom. Four sandstone blocks, each weighing 200 kg, served as a counterweight for lifting loads. In its time, the "old crane" was considered to be one of the most powerful port cranes in northern Germany. It proved its strength on August 13, 1840 when the steam locomotive for the Duke of Brunswick State Railway lifted around 9.3 tons.20 years later, the port ceased operations when the transport of goods shifted to the rails. But the "old crane" still shapes the image of the water district to this day. Holidaymakers can find out more about the popular landmark on a city tour.lueneburg-travel.de/Regionales/Lueneburg-Sehenswuerdheiten-Highlights/Alter-Kran-Lueneburg
October 23, 2020
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