8 Must See Attractions In Lübeck, Germany juni 24, 2022 – Posted in: Germany, Travel – Tags: Attractions, Christmas Market, Germany, Holiday, Lübeck, Vacations, Weekend Breaks
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A GUIDE TO THE SIGHTS OF LÜBECK
If you need tips on which sights in Lübeck you should see, here’s a guide for great attractions. Lübeck is one of the old Hanseatic cities, and Lübeck, with its many old buildings, testifies to a time when the lively trade brought a lot of money to the city. In 1987, Lübeck’s Altstadt, the well-preserved medieval town center, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List – and there are many beautiful attractions to look at.
If you are only in Lübeck for a weekend getaway, it can be difficult to choose what to see, so here is a list of the attractions in Lübeck that you will definitely have to visit while on holiday in the city. You can see all the other sights in Lübeck and plan your own visit at: Tourist Information in Lübeck – Lübeck Tourismus
Below you will find a list of good hotels in Lübeck, all of which can be easily booked directly through Booking.com.
8 SIGHTS IN LÜBECK TO SEE
One of the best known sights, not just in Lübeck, but in all of Germany, is the impressive Holstentor. The Holsten Gate bears the Latin inscription CONCORDIA DOMI FORIS PAX, in English meaning “harmony within, peace without”. At the gate to Holstentor you will find a museum that tells the story of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck.
However, the city gate from 1478 is only one of the four gates that, together with the city wall, protected the medieval city center on the small island. The only other preserved city gate, the Burgtor, is located on the northern bridge, the Burgtorbrücke, which leads away from the island on which Lübeck’s medieval town center is located.
On the whole, the historical identity as a Hanseatic city fills much of Lübeck. But what was the Hanseatic League? You can find out much more at the Europäisches Hansemuseum Lübeck. The exhibitions in the beautiful museum unfold the history of the rich Hanseatic city of Lübeck and tell a tale about the trade association with other northern European cities. Lübeck traded mainly in silver and salt, and you can still see the beautifully restored Salzspeicher, the warehouses on the harbor at Holstentor.
The lively trade also brought many wonderful things to Lübeck, which is not without reason known as the Marzipan City. The history of marzipan can be traced from the Middle East onwards with the trade routes to Italy. From here it came in the 16th century to Lübeck, where the Lübecker Marzipan was developed into a particularly fine marzipan.
In Lübeck there are several large marzipan shops. You can visit the shop Niederegger with the beautiful medieval facade in the middle of Breite Strasse. On the ground floor you will find a large selection of marzipan and on the 1st floor an iconic café from 1806. At the top there is a marzipan museum that provides an exciting insight into the history of the marzipan and the Niederegger family.
THE CHURCHES OF LÜBECK
With so much wealth in the city, many large and beautiful churches were also built. The seven large spiers, which can be seen everywhere in the city, testify to a time when there was a lot of money in the city. From the viewing platform on St. Petri you have a great view of Lübeck and the four other large churches: the Cathedral of Lübeck, the Marienkirche, St. Aegidien and St. Jacobi.
Remeber to pass Marienkirchen and put your hand on the little stone mouse – it should bring good fortune. It was also here in the church that the original painting of “Death from Lübeck” was destroyed during the bombings in 1942. Today, the painting is commemorated with the glass mosaic depicting the burning city during World War II.
In addition to the churches, there are many other well-preserved medieval buildings in Lübeck. You will find them, among other places, along Breite Strasse, where another of Lübeck’s landmarks, the old town hall, stands. Also walk around the town hall, where you will find the city’s main square.
A little further down Breite Strasse is the Schiffergesellschaft restauran . In the former association of sailors, the medieval house stands more or less, as when it was built, complete with wood paneling and ship models in the ceiling. Where Breite Strasse turns into Koberg Platz is Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, one of the first hospitals – in the world.
ALLEYS AND BACKYARDS IN LÜBECK
Beautiful are also the many preserved backyards from the Middle Ages. In the 14th century, the city grew rapidly and more space was needed for all the new inhabitants. The solution was to build more houses in the backyards, and today you can explore the many alleys and backyards. Click on the link here to view a map of alleys and backyards in Lübeck. Start at the street Engelsgrube.
CULTURE AND LITERATURE
Lübeck also has museums for some of the country’s great personalities. In Königstraße you can visit the museum of Chancellor Willy Brandt, who was born here. Günter Grass, the author of The Tin Drum, lived here in the city until his death in 2015, and in Günter Grass House you can see manuscripts, drawings and sculptures from his hand. Buddenbrookhaus is a museum commemorating the Mann family, immortalized in Thomas Mann’s famous novel Buddenbrooks.
If you need to rest your feet, you can also see the many sights of Lübeck from the water side. There are several opportunities to sail on the rivers Trave and Wakenitz. You can choose the classic canal cruise with open boat and comments from the German guide, sail out into one of the old river barges or take a trip to Travemünde. Read about all sailing trips in Lübeck here.
CHRISTMAS MARKET IN LÜBECK
If you come by Lübeck during the Christmas month, then you can visit one of the many Christmas markets. The lights twinkle in the trees, and in the air a scent of roasted almonds and mulled wine.
From November 25, there are Christmas markets throughout the city. In the square by the town hall you will find more than 200 stalls selling Christmas decorations, knitwear and lebkuckenherzen, the heart-shaped Christmas cakes. The street Koberg by St. Jacobi there is a Ferris wheel and a maritime market, and you can step out on the ice rink at the Europäisches Hansemuseum.
FIND A GREAT HOTEL IN LÜBECK
If you are going on a holiday or in Lübeck, you will here get recommendations on some of the lovely hotels in the city, all of which can be booked directly through Booking.com. See more hotels by doing your own search here:
LUXURY HOTEL WITH SWIMMING POOL
The five-star luxury hotel, Radisson Blu Senator Hotel, is located right on the waterfront near Holstentor. From the rooms there are fantastic views of the Trave river and the Altstadt. Start the day at the sumptuous breakfast buffet with both cold and hot dishes. After breakfast, just cross the bridge and you’re right in the center. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the hotel’s wellness area with swimming pool and sauna or in the large and bright hotel room. If you don’t feel like eating dinner out on the town, the hotel has two restaurants. Have your food served on the large terrace and enjoy the evening light over the river and the old Hanseatic city.
Read more here: Radisson Blu Senator Hotel
A HOTEL WITH A CASINO
Here is a hotel, decorated so men will like it. So if you’re looking for a gift for the man who has it all, give him a weekend getaway at the Park Inn by Radisson Lübeck. He will love the raw decor of the maritime-inspired hotel. And if you want time to shop in the many good shops, then the hotel also has its own casino. The Park Inn by Radisson Lübeck is located just off Holstentor, a 10-minute walk from the city center. The rooms are rustically decorated with raw walls and have large, soft beds.
Read more here: Park Inn by Radisson Lübeck