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The course of Dr.-Julius-Leber-Straße (marked in red)
The lower Johannisstrasse with the central building of the abandoned St. John's monastery. (1903)
The Löwenapotheke, Lübeck's oldest secular building
Former union building
Lower part of Dr.-Julius-Leber-Strasse
Hasen Hof, Johannisstrasse 37
St. Johannis Virgins Monastery

Since 1261 the Johannisstraße led from the Breiten Straße to the Benedictine monastery St. Johannis monastery, founded in 1177 and demolished in 1903, as well as the monastery church demolished in 1806. In 1946 she was named in honor of in January 1945 in connection with the July 20, 1944 executed in Berlin (1891 born) Chairman of Lübeck Social Democratic Party and member of the Reichstag Julius Leber after that in Julius-Leber Dr.-road renamed.

Course and meaning

The (Rippen-) Straße begins at a crossroads with the Breite Straße , the pedestrian zone, and then runs at a right angle to it to the east to the Elbe-Lübeck Canal . The extension to the west towards the Trave , which also begins in the Breite Straße, is the Mengstraße with the Marienkirche and the Buddenbrookhaus . The intersection on Breite Straße is also the geographical center of the world cultural heritage of the old town island. This point is of historical importance because the medieval districts of Jakobi, Marien, Marien-Magdalenen and Johannis quarters meet here. At the same time, it is the topographically highest point on the hill on Lübeck's old town island.

The street used to be called Johannisstraße because in the lower part, near the Elbe-Lübeck Canal, there is the former St. Johannis monastery , which today houses the Johanneum grammar school . There are also two Turkish fruit and vegetable shops on the street.

The street on which the old trade union building (now the Ordnungsamt) and the editorial offices of the social democratic Lübecker Volksbote were located was renamed in honor of the Reichstag member and resistance fighter Julius Leber after the Second World War.

At 7 p.m. on the evening of November 5, 1918, a meeting of the soldiers' council took place in the union building, chaired by Hans Zeitz and his deputy W. Rethfeldt. Then closed trains of soldiers and sailors left to occupy the post office, the train station and the barracks, to disarm the officers and to intern those higher in charge in the "Hotel International", Am Bahnhof 17 . The fact that the situation relaxed again in the course of the next day was evident from the fact that rail traffic, which had been suspended due to the station occupation, was resumed.

Listed building

The buildings with house numbers 13, 21, Hermberg'sches Haus , 25 , 27, 31–41, 49–55, 65–71 odd and house numbers 22, 32–42, 48, 58, 64, 68 and are under monument protection 76–78 straight. The Haasenhof Foundation Courtyard (No. 37–39) deserves special mention as one of the typical Lübeck corridors and courtyards . It was built in 1725 by the wine merchant's widow Elisabeth Haase. She had the residential monastery built with 13 apartments for widows and single women.

Lion Pharmacy No. 13

On the corner of Königstrasse is the Dr.-Julius-Leber-Strasse 13 building, one of the oldest buildings in the city since 1812, the Löwen-Apotheke , at least the oldest surviving Romanesque secular building from before the first big city fire in 1251. Romanesque to the outside The gable of the back of the house from ~ 1230 is characteristic. On the occasion of the visit of Emperor Charles IV (1375), Empress Elisabeth stayed in this house, which was specially equipped for the visit with a wooden bridge over Königstrasse to the neighboring corner house as the emperor's residence, so that the two go unnoticed by the onlookers Could maintain contact. The house has had prominent residents through the centuries: Tidemann Steen , Thomas von Wickede and Gotthard von Höveln were politicians whose reputation extended far beyond the borders of the city-state. The painter Maria Slavona and her older sister, the doctor Cornelia Schorer , grew up in the house that belonged to the Schorer family at the time. Erich Mühsam , too, grew up here as the son of a pharmacist and, as a teenager, was very committed to preserving the building, which was at risk at the time.

Kontorhaus No. 32

The Kontorhaus No. 32 has a rich history since the 14th century with its Lübecker Nachrichten -Diele, the name of which is reminiscent of the use of the entire quarter by this daily newspaper. The large hall of the house is largely as it was in the 16th century. Important previous owners of the house from 1602 were the consultant Heinrich Reiser , the oldest of the merchant company and councilor Heinrich Saffe (1648), the von Melle family and the Lübeck mayor Daniel Haecks (1735). The well-known hall column with its richly carved saddle wood, which shows a figure of Bacchus, which can still be assigned to the Baroque, dates from the time of the conservative owner Haecks. The last changes were made around 1780 by the merchant Andreas Lohen .

Former buildings

Corridors and courtyards

From the Dr.-Julius-Leber-Straße go or went from the following Lübeck corridors and courtyards (according to house numbers):

  • 25/27: Kindlers Gang (missing)
  • 37/39: Haasenhof (Stiftshof)
  • 47: Sickmann's gang (missing)
  • 53/55: Brandenburg's poor house
  • 57: Albrechts Gang (missing)
  • 67: Segeberg's poor house
  • 71: St. Johannis Convent
  • 74: Pigeon or Duven gait (missing)
  • 78: Gerken or Agneten pen


  • Joachim Niendorf: 150 years of Löwenapotheke in Lübeck. 1812-1962. Self-published by the Löwenapotheke, Lübeck 1962.

Web links

Commons : Dr.-Julius-Leber-Straße  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Upheaval in Lübeck. ; In: Lübecker Volksbote ; No. 261, issue of November 6, 1918

Coordinates: 53 ° 52 ′ 2.1 ″  N , 10 ° 41 ′ 31.3 ″  E