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The medieval city of Lübeck is located within Germany’s most northerly state, Schleswig-Holstein, on the banks of the Trave River. The city is the largest German port on the Baltic Sea and boasts an array of historic landmarks, buildings and monuments, despite heavy bombing by the Allies during the Second World War. The majority of building in the city’s old town have survived or been reconstructed, offering visitors a chance to look into the region’s illustrious and fascinating past. Alongside the region’s historic landmarks, are a range of wonderful attractions including brilliant museums, theatres and cinemas as well as many lively and high-quality restaurants, cafes, shops and bars.
Sightseeing in Lübeck
Lübeck is brimming with a rich, fascinating culture and heritage, visible across the city in the form of historic structures and captivating museums as well as a range of other fantastic attractions. Visitors to the city can also take advantage of the excellent tours and excursions across Lübeck, including boat trips around the Baltic coast, where guests can observe spectacular ocean views and visit the superb sea-side resort of Travelmünde. Other exceptional sight-seeing opportunities include:
Lübeck’s Aldstadt (or Old Town) is home to many intriguing and historic monuments of landmarks, each with its own fascinating origins and back-story. The old town’s skyline is dominated by seven church steeples, the oldest of which are the Lübecker Dom and the Marienkirche, dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Other structures of historical significance include the wonderful Lübecker Rathaus (Town Hall), the Salzspeicher (historic warehouses), Thomas Mann’s house, Günter Grass’ house and a variety of notable churches, such as the Church of St. Peter, St. Lawrence and St. Jacob as well as the Church of Sacred Heart.
A number of splendid small museums are situated across the city of Lübeck, including the St. Annen Museum and Holstentor as well as the art museum of Behnhaus. Other prominent museums include the privately run and quirky Lübeck Museum of Theatre Puppets and the informative Museum for Natural History and the Environment.
Lübeck is famous is its production of sweet and delicious marzipan, a delicacy with roots at this factory and cafe, established by George Niederegger and still owned by the Niederegger family. Guests visiting the Niederegger Cafe can not only sample a range of tempting marzipan products, they can also observe and learn more about how the almond-based sweet is made and take a unique marzipan creation home.
Shopping in Lübeck
Lübeck’s most prominent shopping streets and districts include Hüxstasse and the Fleischhauerstrase, where a range of souvenirs are available for purchase alongside artist’s paintings of the local scenery and buildings. Local Rotspon wine is widely available across the city and various Lübeck –related books can be found in the Rathaus book shop.
Eating Out in Lübeck
A range of restaurants are situated within the city centre including the fabulous Michelin-starred Wullenwever. Other first-rate eateries can are mainly concentrated around the areas of Schiffelgesellschaft, Markgraf and Schabbelhaus, serving a variety of local and international cuisine.