Bleckede - Germany

Bleckede sits on the Elbe River, southeast of Hamburg in Lower Saxony. The town has a visitor centre at Elbe Lock with a river life display and nearby is a medieval lock tower. The main place of interest lies to the west - the historic university town of Luneberg. Established in 956 the town prospered from the local salt mines until the last closed in 1980. In the centre of the town you will find the Markt and the Rathaus - the latter dating originally from the 13th century but reconstructioned in the 14th and 15th centuries. It has a wondeful baroque fa├žade, steeple and Court of Justice. On the otherside of the Markt is the Ducal Palace. Many of the old city buildings lean due to the removal of salt from the mines.