Lübeck is the world capital of Marzipan, a sweet almond paste. According to legend, Lübeckers ran out of flour during a long siege and started grinding almonds to make bread. They were so pleased with the sweet results that they’ve been making Marzipan ever since. To sample Lübeck’s famous product, stop in at Cafe Niederegger, Breitestrasse 98 (tel. 0451/53010), located right across from the main entrance to the Rathaus since 1806. On the ground floor, you can purchase bars and boxes of Marzipan to take away (an excellent gift idea), or you can go upstairs to the pleasant cafe for dessert and coffee; they also have seating across the street in the arcades behind the Rathaus facing Marktplatz. Niederegger’s is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

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