By Max Stolbynsky

Mölln

Mölln is not so big town with population about 18 thousands. It placed in the south-eastern part of the Schleswig-Holstein, not so far from the border with land Meklenburg-Vorpomeranen. This town placed far from the popular tourists routes, more directed to Luneburg or Lubeck, but it has ling and interesting history.  Knight Conrad Wackerbart has established small peasant settlement here between  1165 and 1180. In documents, 1-st notice about Mölln is dated 1188 year. It was Lubeck Privilege issued by Frederic I Barbarossa. But in  1202 this area became under Danish protectorate and stay there about 25 years. In 1227, after the victory in the war with Danish army, Duke Saxen-Launeburg have joined this area. Also, at the beginning of XIII century in this area was established standalone parish and St. Nickolas was selected as  patron of Mölln. Later, on the lake shore was built big St. Nickolas church. This church is still active now. From XIV – XV centuries Mölln became more and more important because of it’s placement. Old Salt Route, which is going from Luneburg to Lubeck is passing through the Mölln. Salt mined in the Luneburg was transported to the Lubeck and then was shipped over whole Ost (Baltic) sea. Due this activity Mölln and Ratzeburg became new strongholds for the Hansa. Old Salt Route was active until end of XX century. In XIX century was created water channel, which linked Elbe river with Ost(Baltic) Sea. This channel is passed via Mölln and Ratzeburg. At the current time Mölln is small, clean and silent town. Heavy industry is missing here, on the shores of many lakes and rivers there are many hotels and pensions. This area is ideal for people who like silent rest in the forest or on the river. Another symbol of the town is Till Ulenspiegel. He is funny and reckless character of the folk stories so popular in…

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