Top 10 things to do and see in Lübeck
Top 10 things to do and see in Lübeck
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Although Lübeck’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city in northern Germany is often overlooked, but a trip here means no shortage of beautiful delights, including pointed townhouses, picturesque courtyards and medieval churches. Here’s a list of the top 10 things to do and see when you’re in town.
Built in 1464, the iconic city gate is a relic of Lübeck’s mercantile days. The red-brick sign still stands proud, its sharp cylindrical towers sloping slightly inward and its golden Latin letters proclaiming “harmony within and peace beyond” (“concordia domi foris pax”) carved in stone above the passage. Holstentorplatz marks the western end of the former boundaries of the Hanseatic city and today houses a museum dedicated to Lübeck’s medieval past.
Holstentorplatz, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4511 2241 29
Holstentor I © Christian Wolf / WikiCommons
The European Hansemuseum is dedicated to the life, influence and fall of the Hanseatic League, an influential trade group that was founded in 1385. Powerful personalities, piracy, wars, trade boycotts and a plague epidemic shaped its time of operation. Original exhibits, historical scenes and interactive displays show the stages of the union in the Hanseatic cities of Lübeck, Novgorod, Bruges, Bergen and London.
An der Untertrave 1, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4518 0909 90
St. Mary’s Church
Seven Gothic church towers accentuate the skyline of Lübeck and earned the city its slogan “City of the Seven Spires”. St. Mary’s Church (Marienkirche) is Germany’s third-largest church, but the intricate details are what fascinate people, not just the size and height of the brick roof. Two church bells that were hit by Allied bombs are broken on the ground where they fell in 1942, and a large stained-glass window pays homage to the 15th-century painting Dance of Death, which was destroyed in the same attack.
Marienkirchhof 1, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4513 9770 0
Marienkirche I © Soluvo / WikiCommons | © Soluvo / WikiCommons
Thomas Mann, one of Germany’s great novelists, was born in Lübeck in 1875 into a bourgeois family. His first novel, The Buddenbrocks, about the decline of a wealthy Lübeck merchant family, was a huge literary success. Mann went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, and his family home was transformed into the Buddenbrock Museum. The exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of Thomas Mann and his brother and collaborator Heinrich Mann.
Mengstraße 4, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4511 2241 90
The historic four-masted sailboat is one of the last surviving windmills, and the exhibition aboard tells the fascinating story of its journey. The Passat (“Passat”) was one of the legendary Flying P-liners of 1911 and sailed around the world in her 46-year operation, carrying cargo from wheat to guano and circumnavigating Cape Horn no less than 39 times. Today, the barque is a protected landmark and is anchored in Travemünde Harbor, about 25 kilometers (15, 5 miles) outside of Lübeck.
Priwallpromenade 3a, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4511 2252 20
More information about Passat | © WaldNob / Pixabay
The historic landmark is one of the oldest social institutions in the world. Inspired by Santo Spirito in Sassia in Rome, the hospital opened its doors in 1286. It was later remodeled as a nursing home and used as such until the 1960s. The red-brick facade is quite a haven, but it’s worth stepping inside the historic building and examining the vaulted halls. The building is open year-round and hosts arts and crafts fairs and an annual Christmas bazaar in December.
Koberg 11, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4517 9956 10
Just like champagne and Gouda cheese, Lübeck marzipan is protected by the European Union as a geographical indication. Needless to say, the sweet treat makes a great gift. Café Niederegger’s flagship store sells marzipan in all shapes and forms, from figures to liquor to coffee. Next door, the cafe serves incredible marzipan-based creations – worth a stop for a slice of Prince Heinrich and a cup of coffee.
Breite Straße 89, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4515 3011 27
Enjoy cake and coffee I © hakelbudel / Pixabay
Günter Grass House.
Thomas Mann is not the only literary figure based in Lübeck. Günter Grass, a critically acclaimed writer of German postwar literature, spent the last 30 years of his life near the city. His 1959 debut novel, Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum), gave him pause and contributed to his winning the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature, but Grass was also a dedicated artist. The museum is filled with his sculptures, drawings, and manuscripts.
Glockengießerstraße 21, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4511 2242 30
St. Peter’s Church
Clad in red bricks, the facade of St. Peter’s Church contrasts sharply with the illuminated interior of the white walls and columns. The church looks back on more than 800 years of history and even though it has traditional services, it is also a cultural space for concerts, lectures, art exhibitions and more. For panoramic views of Lübeck, take the elevator up to the observation deck in the spire.
Petrikirchhof, Lübeck, Germany, +49 4513 9773 0
View from St. Petri Tower | © KarinKarin / Pixabay
A 30-minute drive from the hotel takes you to this beautiful Baltic Sea beach. If you want to wander the pedestrian seaside promenade, swim or watch the waves with dinner from one of the restaurants, it’s good to get out of town and get some fresh air. Weekend activities are planned throughout the year, from volleyball tournaments and yoga classes to open-air concerts and light shows.
Lübeck, Germany: sights, shopping, restaurants, tours, transportation and tourist reviews
Lübeck – ancient charm and historical attractions
Why go to Lübeck?
Lübeck is familiar to historians since the 12th century, but even today you can see historic buildings on its streets, of which there are more than 1,000. The German town has not lost its ancient charm, which makes it attractive to tourists. Its entire appearance is a reminder of its former greatness, when Lübeck was a member of the Hanseatic League and had the unofficial name of the “Hanseatic Queen”.
Today the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Beyond the Holstein Gate you can see the houses of the medieval merchants, the golden spires of the churches and the delightful natural surroundings. In Lübeck there are quite a few sights that will be interesting to see. Tourists visiting this city can find something unusual for themselves at every turn.
What to see in Lübeck?
Malerwinkel – Artists’ Quarter . If you are in the southwest part of the old city, this is a must-see quarter where you can spend some quiet time relaxing on wooden benches and enjoying the scent of flowers while admiring the marvelous view of the old houses with the white picket fences across the river.
Artists’ Quarter in Lübeck, Germany (Photo© Kresspahl / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0)
St. Peter’s Church (St . Petri zu Lubeck ). This splendid church, built in the 13th century, is a prime example of the Gothic style. If you want you can take an elevator to the observation deck, which allows you to admire the scenic beauty of the city from a height of 50 euros. Ticket price to the observation deck: 3.8 euros. Lübeck, Petrikirchhof 1.
St. Peter’s Church in Lübeck, Germany (Photo© Andreas Praefcke / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-3.0)
Holstein Gate (Holstentor) . Built with red brick, this gate is a source of local pride. The two towers connected by stepped ramps inspired Andy Urhall, and the landmark has since been seen in postcards, posters, and drawings available at the Holstentor Gate Museum. On its west side is a Latin inscription, “Concordia domi foris pax,” which when translated means “concord at home and peace abroad.” Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 Apr-Dec, 11:00-17:00 Tue-Apr. Jan-March. Ticket price: 5 euro adults, 2 euros for children.
Holstein Gate in Lübeck, Germany (Photo© motif_catcher / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-2.0)
St. Mary’s Church (Marienkirche) . Completed in the 13th century, it is one of the three tallest churches in Europe. Its spires reach upwards of 125 meters. It is also famous for the bells that collapsed after a bomber attack in 1942, which are still standing beside the church. In front of the church is a small figure of the devil with a message written in English and German. Lubeck, Marienkirche. Opening time: 10:00-16:00.
St. Mary’s Church in Lübeck, Germany (Photo© Aiwok / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0)
Kunsthalle / St . Annen -Museum . This is a unique museum that is located in the buildings of the Dominican monastery, which is not active today. Often this museum is not included in travel guides. But it deserves special attention because of its huge and interesting collection, especially the altars. Lübeck, St.-Annen-Str. 15.
Puppet Museum (Theaterfigurenmuseum). Despite the fact that some tourists puppets inspire horror, they need to visit this museum. There is a huge collection consisting of more than 1000 puppets and other things collected from theaters in Asia, Europe and Africa. Puppets are so skillfully made that they will not leave anyone indifferent. For the full effect it is necessary to go to the theater performance. Lubeck, Kolk 14. Opening hours: 11:00-17:00.
Salz Speicher . It includes six brick-built buildings, which in the past served as warehouses for salt delivered from Lüneburg. It was later exchanged for hides that were brought in from Scandinavia and the premises were used to store fish, which accounted for a significant share of the Hanseatic League’s trade turnover.
What to do in Lübeck?
Visit the Lubecker Weihnachtsmarkt, where there is a constant atmosphere of festivity and merriment, which is in amazing harmony with the numerous old buildings.
Lubecker Weihnachtsmarkt square in Lübeck, Germany (Photo© Robert Barten / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0)
See the fabulous houses at Gothmund , this incredibly colorful place is a small but cozy fishing village.
Admire the colorful Maritimes Denkmal Passat, which adorns the city’s waterfront.
Visit the Günter Grass-Haus, a museum that shows the way of life of the Nobel laureate writer.
See the medieval skyscraper Burgtor-Befestigungsanlage Lübeck , its appearance and grandeur are an indication of the scale of Lübeck.
A visit to the Behnhaus Draegerhaus , which for many people is a revelation because it features Munch’s paintings as well as other masterpieces.
Where to eat and what to drink in Lübeck?
American restaurant Peter Pane . The institution offers a huge range of burgers and sauces, and an interesting and thought-out interior is equally suitable for couples and large companies. Average bill: 5 euros.
Kartoffel Keller Lubeck restaurant . The main specialty is potato dishes, and inside there is a harmonious atmosphere that encourages you to return to the establishment again. Average bill: 8 euros.
The Italian restaurant Prätor-Haus – Da Luigi . You should go there for the Italian cuisine, especially the risotto and a variety of desserts. The red wine is a great addition. Average bill: 9.5 euros.
Quandt-Linie . This water tour along the River Trave begins at the Holstenbrücke Bridge. It lasts no more than an hour and runs from May to October from 10 am to 6 pm. The price of the tour will be 12 euros per adult and 6 euros per child.
Beach on the promenade in Lübeck, Germany (Photo© Pavel Gromov / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Open-Air City Tour Bus . You can get to know the city better without having to walk long distances on a bus with an open top. The tour lasts 45 minutes and you can join the tour at any location. The cost of this tour is 7 euros for adults and 4.50 euros for children.
Where to stay in Lübeck?
Klassik Altstadt Hotel . A special feature of this hotel are its rooms, each of which is dedicated to German writers and artists or international celebrities. Check-in price for a single room is 60-100 euros, for a double room is 130-160 euros.
The Hotel Lindenhof is a family-run hotel with only 66 small rooms. However, free breakfast, friendly attitude of the owners and pleasant little things (free biscuits and newspapers) make this hotel a real find for a tourist. You can rent a single room for 65-95 euros and a double room for 130-160 euros.
Shopping in Lübeck
Hooksstrasse . Shopping lovers should definitely go to this street Hooksstrasse. Here shopping lovers can find many stores, cafes and boutiques. As a result, you can buy designer clothes, souvenirs, or books at an affordable price.
Niederegger . This place is sure to please fans of sweets and spices that have been made here for centuries. Even if you don’t feel like shopping, you can still admire the exhibitions in the showcases.
Marzipan-Salon . This local museum is a must-visit. Here you can learn that marzipan in the past was considered a cure for some diseases, and was not used as a sweet. Here you can also relax in a delightful cafe.
Transport in Lübeck
The old city is situated on an island surrounded by canals of the river Trave. From here you can get to the Central Station and the bus station, which is 500 meters from the Holstein Gate. You can get to this wonderful place by plane. Arrival is at the Lübeck airport, which is called Hamburg-Lübeck. Departing from the air harbor bus will take the tourist within an hour to Hamburg. Arrival is at the Central Bus Station or Lübeck Station. You can also use the ferry, which departs in the direction of Travemunde in the direction of the Baltic.
In the city you can move on foot. The city center is closed to traffic and leave the car here can only guests of Lübeck, living in hotels. Tourists wishing to quickly get to your destination can use the bus. A single ticket costs 1.70 euros and a day pass costs 4.90 euros. Higher priced tickets are also available in Travemunde.
Useful travel tips and reviews of Lübeck
The city is famous for its marzipan, you can buy them in many stores, but especially a wide range offered in Niederegger.
You can go to the bridge with sculptures, which contains many amazing masterpieces.
Castle Gate in Lübeck, Germany (Photo© Heribert Pohl / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-2.0)
For a video about Lübeck, see the link below:
View from St. Peter’s Tower over Lübeck, Germany (Photo above © Arne List / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0)
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Instead of hotels you can book an apartment (cheaper on average 1.5-2 times) on AirBnB.com, a very handy worldwide and well-known rental service with a bonus of 2100 rubles when you register