This is the place where tradition and history meet a vibrant present. The “Queen of Hanseatic Towns”, with its many cultural treasures, is amongst the most beautiful and most visited cities in North Germany.
The historic center, surrounded by water, has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The city has its own flair with an ensemble of churches, merchant’s houses, warehouses and small narrow alleys.
- The Holstentor is a UNESCO world heritage site along with the historic centre of Lübeck, since 1987. Now, it also serves as a museum.
- The seven towers of the main churches dominate the skyline. The Marienkirche, being the biggest one, is a remarkable gothic brick building that was constructed between 1250 and 1350. For many years it has been a symbol of power and prosperity of the old hanseatic city. The church has also been listed by UNESCO to be of cultural significance.
- The Rathaus Lübeck (City Hall) displays numerous elements typical of secular Baltic brick-architecture such as high, decorative walls and slender turrets.
- Buddenbrook House, Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann’s historic home. Behind the white front of Buddenbrook House, built in 1758, lies one of the most unique literary museums in the world, created for Expo 2000 as the world’s only literature project.
- Niederegger store, home of the famous marzipan manufacturer.
- Travemünde, “Balcony to the Baltic Sea” is only around 20 km away.
- Hansemuseum, The Hanseatic League began in the Middle Ages and was one of the forerunners of what we call globalization. The European Hanseatic Museum Lübeck opened in 2015 and tells this story and offers a museum experience that is both exciting and informative.