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The old crane dates back to the 14th century, it was used to lift goods and also the Lüneburg salt works. In its prime, the crane even managed to lift a steam locomotive. Today the crane is a landmark of Lüneburg and adorns the water district. You can stop here and enjoy the view of the harbor.
January 20, 2021
The two wooden boats, which are now in the old port, were not always there. These are original replicas of ship types of ancient times. They were handmade by artisans and unemployed youth. Each piece was hand-worked and each nail individually forged. The larger one is the so-called Salzwer. It was able to absorb up to 8 t of salt and was used to export salt by water. The built-in engine is not true to the original, but this allows the boat to go on tour (completion 2010). The smaller is a Prahmboot and the salt was reloaded in Lauenburg and transported with these boats over the old Stecknitz channel (today Elbe-Lübeck-Kanal) to Lübeck. It was built after the saltwave.
A picture shows the saltwer on ride.
December 31, 2016
This area has developed powerfully in recent years.
The ensemble at the old harbor is complete again. The Georg-Von Lösecke-Haus is back, after the big fire three years ago.
The Old Crane is still functional with its inner life. 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 badly 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 the site with the ancient pub "Pons" is the reconstruction of the old salt store
"Viskulenhof" finished. How this area evolves, the next years will show.
December 28, 2016
The old crane in the water district in Lüneburg is visited at every city tour of Lüneburg.
The wooden, copper-clad "Old Crane" at the Ilmenau is mentioned as early as 1346. The crane was used to lift the valuable salt of the Lüneburg saltworks, because the salt could be shipped over the Stecknitz canal to Lübeck. But firewood and all kinds of other goods were lifted by the crane and transported on.
One of the last and probably heaviest loads, which was lifted with his help, was in the 19th century a steam locomotive for the Braunschweig-Vienenburg railway, which came over the waterway from England to Lüneburg.
Today, the Alte Kran shapes the image of the Lüneburg water district and is considered one of the landmarks of today's Hanseatic and salt city. It can be visited as part of a city tour.
Info Source: lueneburger-heide.de
February 9, 2017
Central place at the old harbor. With a lot of gastronomy on the water. Also known as stint. The damage of the major fire, which led to the destruction of the Georg-von-Lösecke house, is almost resolved. However, only the facade is restored after old photos, inside it is now a modern concrete building. But for the big picture this is not so important.
December 12, 2016
The two wooden boats now lying in the old harbor weren't always there. These are original replicas of old-time ship types. They were handmade by artisans and unemployed youth. Each part was handcrafted and each nail was forged individually. The larger boat is the so-called Salzewer. It could hold up to eight tons of salt and was used to export salt by water. The built-in engine is not true to the original, but this allows the boat to go on tour. The smaller one is a pram boat with a tarpaulin floor. It was built after the Salzewer.
December 31, 2016
The old crane in the Wasserviertel in Lüneburg is visited on every city tour of Lüneburg.
The wooden, copper-covered "Old Crane" on the Ilmenau was mentioned in documents as early as 1346. The crane was used to lift the valuable salt from the Lüneburg saltworks, as this enabled the salt to be shipped on to Lübeck via the Stecknitz Canal. But also firewood and all sorts of other goods were lifted with the crane and transported on. The crane was driven by pedal wheels that were moved by at least two adult men (more depending on the load).
One of the last and probably heaviest loads that was lifted with its help was a steam locomotive for the Braunschweig-Vienenburger Bahn in the 19th century, which came from England to Lüneburg by water. This locomotive weighed 9.3 tons.
Today the old crane shapes the image of the Lüneburg water district and is one of the landmarks of today's Hanseatic and Salt City. It can be viewed as part of a city tour.
July 11, 2019
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