In former times the areas before and between the gates (one had several as here) were always radically cleared, so that one had free sight and so could deny possible enemies the advance to the gate.
Here is still a small part of it has been preserved and designed as a lawn.
December 29, 2018
The significance and imposance of Lübeck's most famous city gates is highlighted by generous green areas and open space. The green area in front of the Holstentor with its benches and lawns invites you to take in the view of the Holstentor entrance into the city on it. On information boards is introduced to the history of Lübeck as well as the various 'paths', which guide the tourists with colorful stumbling blocks thematically through the city center.uebermorgen.luebeck.de/projekte/innenstadt/beitraege/holstentorplatz.html
December 6, 2019
The Holstentorplatz in its current shape and size was only created in the 1930s when the area around the Holstentor was completely redesigned.
From 1934 until the end of the Second World War, the square was misused by the Third Reich, the name changed to Adolf-Hitler-Platz and used for National Socialist marches and celebrations.
After the Second World War the name was changed back to Holstentorplatz; the green area initially gave way to a potato field, but was restored in 1948. In 1949, two statues of cast iron lying lions, which had flanked the entrance to the Hotel Stadt Hamburg am Klingenberg until it was destroyed in the air raid on Palm Sunday 1942, found a new place on both sides of the entrance to the park. With the exception of minor changes in detail, the Holstentorplatz had thus retained the shape that it still shows today.
(Partial excerpts from the history of Lübeck)
January 28, 2020
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