The most famous statue in Lauenburg and one of the landmarks of the city. A selfie with the Lauenburg caller is a must when strolling through the Elbe city.
The Lauenburger Rufer is a bronze figure created in 1959 by the sculptor and sculptor Karl-Heinz Goedtke, at the suggestion of the then mayor of Lauenburg / Elbe Richard Reuter. The caller is a bronze sculpture, which covered with a greenish patina has a height of 185 cm. He takes the posture of a caller and is dressed in dungarees, boots with brims, a shirt and a sailor's cap. In the right hand, the caller holds a sailor's knot. The Rufer stands as a symbol for the over 700-year tradition of the Elbschifffahrt, which has shaped Lauenburg.
What is the caller calling?
The Lauenburgers are still arguing about these questions today and everyone has their own idea of what the caller calls over the Elbe. One might think that Goedtke deliberately left the question open in order to promote the dialogue between the Lauenburgers and their guests. Not for nothing is to be read at the feet of the 185 cm high statue:
A skipper, whose barge is anchored here and waiting for cargo from the Stecknitz Canal calls to a passing Elbschiff over. A morning greeting? A rough fun? An important hint?
In any case, a visit to the old town of Lauenburg should not miss a detour to the caller, but brings touching the polished bare thumb good luck.
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