Taste The Perfect Niederegger Marzipan in Lübeck:
Lübeck is famous for its marzipan and from the number of visitors and shoppers in the Niederegger Patisserie in Breite Strasse, it is evident that marzipan is much sought after by visitors to this historical town.
Marzipan has been popular in Europe since the 19th century. The sweets are made from two-thirds sweet almonds imported from Venice and one-third sugar and aromatic oils. The Persians referred to it as marsaban and in 1530 its name was recorded for the first time in Lübeck as Martzapaen. Over two hundred and seventy years later, from 1806, the Niederegger Patisserie claims to have perfected the recipe. They established a patisserie on Breite Strasse which is an overwhelmingly successful business today.
Step into the Niederegger Patisserie and you can’t help but be tempted by the huge range of marzipan confectionery on display, from marzipan pralines to marzipan fruits, nougat and marzipan chocolate, etc. The range is really quite amazing and the shop displays and decorations are magnificent. You can buy bars of marzipan or presentation boxes of marzipan for gifts.
The shop was extremely busy and some shoppers, who had limited time, were making frantic grabs of marzipan so that they could get on the long queue to pay. I was initially discouraged by the long queue but noticed that it moved quite quickly.
If you have time to spend in this marvellous shop you could check out all the different flavours before you buy. For me it was a case of grabbing few bars and gift boxes and making for the queue. We tasted a little one after lunch and it was really delicious. The almond paste is not sickly sweet as is the case with some of the cheaper brands.
If you’re visiting Lübeck, be sure to call into the Niederegger Patisserie to try some of this Lübeck treat. Even if you’re not a fan of marzipan, it’s worthwhile stepping into the shop to have a look at the displays.