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Probably the most famous statue in Lauenburg and one of THE symbols of the city. A selfie with the Lauenburg caller is a must when strolling through the Elbe city.
What is the caller calling now?
The Lauenburgers are still arguing about these questions and everyone has their own idea of what the caller is saying about the Elbe. One might think that Goedtke has deliberately left the question open to promote dialogue between the Lauenburgers and their guests. It is not for nothing that you can read at the feet of the 185 cm high statue:
A skipper, whose barge is at anchor here and is waiting for freight from the Stecknitz Canal, calls over to a passing Elbe ship. A morning greeting? Rough fun? An important note?
In any case, a visit to the caller should not be missed when visiting the old town of Lauenburg, as touching the polished thumb brings good luck.
February 10, 2019
"Ahoy," calls the caller to all travelers and passing ships on the Elbe. One of Lauenburg's best-known landmarks is the bronze statue of Karlheinz Goedtke on the Ruferplatz named after her. From Ruferanlager start numerous shipping lines for excursions on the Elbe and the canals.
The bronze statue "Der Rufer" stands next to the historical steamship landing place in the Lauenburg Elbstraße. From today's Ruferplatz, a stone crate protrudes into the Elbe as a shore fortification. Since the advent of the regular steamboat traffic between Lauenburg and Hamburg at the end of the 19th century, thousands of "summer visitors" landed at this pier and thus arrived in Lauenburg. However, the free Platzföäche emerged only after the Second World War. In a five-hour artillery attack by British troops on April 29, 1945 three houses were so badly damaged at the landing place that they were demolished.
Since Lauenburg / Elbe had no monument for a special personality, the then mayor Richard Reuter had the idea to portray a boatman as a sign of the bondage of the Elbschifffahrt with the city of Lauenburg and as thanks for the centuries living and working in the city skippers. At the same time, it was to serve as a memorial to the German-German reunification with the premise "restore the power to us". After long discussions with the most diverse institutions and associations in the city, the sculptor Karl-Heinz Goedtke, who lives and worked in the district, was commissioned with the design. Among other things, he created the Eulenspiegel in Mölln as well as in Lauenburg the sculptures "Die Waiting" (at the post office), "Hans im Glück" (Alte Jugendherberg) and "Völkerverständigung" (Albinusschule).
On March 22, 1959 the caller was solemnly inaugurated. Since then he greets all guests and passing ships and is a popular photo opportunity and a beautiful vantage point.
Info and many more: herzogtum-lauenburg.de/a-rufer-und-ruferplatz
August 27, 2017
The Lauenburg caller is a bronze figure created by the sculptor and sculptor Karl-Heinz Goedtke in 1959, at the suggestion of the then mayor of Lauenburg / Elbe Richard Reuter. It stands in the old town of Lauenburg / Elbe on a forecourt of the Elbstraße next to the restaurant Le Rufer.
August 5, 2017
There are in Lauenburg an upper and a lower town. The old town is called Lower Town here. You can drive by car from one to the other district or you can walk to the steep and equipped with countless steps "Heaven staircase". The old town is very worth seeing with its narrow streets and old half-timbered houses, where many nice cafes and arts and crafts are. The landmark of the old town is the "Rufer" at the Anlegekai. From here you can also take a boat trip on the Elbe. Conclusion: a beautiful old town, you should definitely visit.
August 18, 2017
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