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Alter Kran

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Address: An der Illmenau, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
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The best place in Luneburg

Crane and surrounding area with historic buildings, river dam, restaurants and bars is the most iconic, relaxing and beautiful part of the town. Almost I could feel being few... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Crane and surrounding area with historic buildings, river dam, restaurants and bars is the most iconic, relaxing and beautiful part of the town. Almost I could feel being few hundred years in past. Be prepared to take dozens of pictures all over the place.

Thank Eljonn
Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

The Alter Crane is an historic site on the river. You'll probably pass it walking to or from the station. I'm not sure if you can visit the interior - I was passing about 7pm. In the evening sun you can get some good photographs in the area. It's an intereting site but not a must-see.

Thank BernardMorey
Dieburg, Germany
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86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

the old crane is located by the waterside hence it was used i the past to (un-)load boats with goods such as salt, which made Lüneburg one of the richest and most influencal cities in northern germany for a long time

2 Thank ESF70
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

It is one of the most famous spots in Lüneburg. The scenery next to the river is quite nice, altough there is nothing much to do. Worth a visit when you are in the old town.

Thank Simon W
Kiev, Ukraine
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81 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Great place to take pictures as it is situated near the river in old city and altogether with old boats gives you opportunity to fill the spirit of old Luneburg.

1 Thank Anastasia8307
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Lifter was beautiful, There recently constructed boat near lifter, it's historic and beautiful place to take pictures. Don't miss the restaurant in this wonderful city

Thank Seylan N
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66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Nice City to walk, shopping and drink coffee and beer. Good Atmosphere . Getting around is easy . Liveable town

Thank Zoe la Nì N
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

This old crane made of wood has remained largely unchanged since 1797. Used in the port mainly for lifting salt from the Luneburg Saltworks and firewood the heaviest load the crane was known to lift was a steam locomotive which weighed about 9.3 tons!! We stated in a hotel right next to this crane but whilst we were there the... More 

Thank Roberts69
Venice, Florida
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159 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

While taking a stroll near the harbor in Luneburg we came across the old Crane...it is open to the public, so one can step in and look at it. Beautiful old structure and still in working order.

1 Thank SiggyCook
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140 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

Part of the city guided tour; the “Alter Kran” was the most important visit in my opinion. I saw it inside out and study a little bit the mechanism and functional details. I was amazed to find out that the crane was powered by several people running inside like hamsters…

Thank photocetera

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