Discover the Best Things to Do in Lübeck Germany

Lübeck, a picturesque city in northern Germany brimming with historical charm and cultural treasures, awaits your visit. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lübeck invites you to explore its medieval streets and embrace its rich history. From stunning architectural marvels to delightful culinary experiences, Lübeck offers unforgettable moments for every traveler. Are you ready to unearth the many gems hidden within this enchanting city? Let’s begin our journey to discover the best things to do in Lübeck, Germany!

Colourful uildings along the Trave River in Lubeck, Germany.

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Lübeck, Germany in Schleswig-Holstein, is known for its marzipan and its key role in the Hanseatic League. It is a beautiful, walkable city and UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Germany you won’t want to miss!

Riding a bike in Bremen, Germany.

Thank you to the Germany Tourism Board for inviting me to visit Lübeck, Bremen, Rügen Island, and Bremerhaven.

View from the Trave River in Lubeck on a boat tour.

Brief History of Lübeck

Founded in 1143, Lübeck was once the headquarters of the Hanseatic League, a powerful trading alliance that played a crucial role in shaping Northern Europe’s economic landscape. However, the shift in sea trade from the Baltic to the Atlantic and the emergence of Bremen and Hamburg as major North Sea ports led to Lübeck’s decline in the 17th century.

Historic Holstentor (Holsten Gate) in Lübeck (Lubeck) in summer, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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Despite the significant destruction of the city during World War II, Lübeck’s architectural marvels, such as St. Mary’s Church and the Town Hall, continue to captivate visitors, making it one of Germany’s best-kept secrets.

Lübeck Town Hall (Lübecker Rathaus)
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When to Visit Lübeck

Lübeck is a beautiful city throughout the year and there is plenty to see and do in every season. Visit in the summer, spring or autumn if you want to visit museums, take boat tours around the river and relax in the parks. Visit in the winter if you want to visit Lübeck’s Christmas markets and spend your time exploring the cities festivities.

Burgtor – Castle Gate in Lubeck, Germany.

A bonus of visiting Lübeck in summertime is the long days. Sunset in Lübeck during summer solstice (when I was there) was around 10pm. With sunrise during that time before 5am, there were many hours to take in all the sights.

Tourism Sustainability in Lübeck

Lübeck is committed to promoting sustainable tourism practices that minimize negative impacts on the environment, support the local community, and preserve the city’s cultural heritage. The city has implemented a range of initiatives and programs to promote sustainable tourism, including promoting eco-friendly transportation options like biking and public transit, encouraging visitors to stay in locally-owned accommodations, and promoting responsible tourism practices like reducing waste and conserving water.

Relaxing by the river in the sun.

The majority of Lübeck’s main sights are within the Old Town which is on an island. The Old Town is certainly best explored on foot as the many narrow medieval alleys that can’t be accessed by car. In fact, you mostly see people walking and cycling through this area as it is the easiest way to get around.

A yellow building with a rack full of bikes.

Additionally, Lübeck has implemented several measures to protect its cultural heritage, including preserving historic buildings and landmarks, promoting local arts and culture, and offering educational programs for visitors to learn about the city’s rich history and cultural traditions.

Street view in Lubeck with spires.

By promoting sustainable tourism practices and preserving its cultural heritage, Lübeck is working to ensure that it remains a vibrant and welcoming destination for visitors for years to come.

Exploring Lübeck’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

A visit to Lübeck is incomplete without exploring its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town, adorned with merchants’ houses, warehouses, and half-timbered houses. With the picturesque Trave River as its backdrop, the Old Town offers a living museum of architectural wonders and historical sites that transport you back to the Middle Ages.

Interesting architecture in Lubeck.

Let’s delve into the heart of Lübeck’s history by visiting its iconic landmarks and discovering the stories they have to tell.

Old Town Lubeck

The charming Old Town of Lübeck is a treasure trove of history and architectural splendor, characterized by high gabled merchant houses, towering steeples, and strong towers, all surrounded by the Trave River. As you wander through its cobblestone streets, you’ll encounter the Holstentor and Burgtor, the two remaining city gates that serve as grand entrances to this historic area.

View from the observation deck at Petrikirche – St. Peter’s Church in Lubeck Germany.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the Gothic Marienkirche, with its rich history and stunning architecture in the Lübeck old town area. As you absorb the atmosphere of this charming medieval area, you’ll truly feel the spirit of Lübeck’s past come alive.

St. Mary’s Church – Marienkirche

St. Mary’s Church, a stunning example of Gothic brick architecture, stands proudly as the third-largest church in Germany. Constructed between 1250 and 1350, the church fell victim to an air raid during World War II, leaving its bells damaged and fallen to the ground. These fallen bells were left inside the church

St. Peters Church.

St. Mary’s dominates the Lübeck skyline with towers reaching more than 120 meters. Built more than 700 years ago, and known as the “Mother of Gothic Brick Churches,” it was used as model for the other brick gothic churches in the Baltic region. Its vast interior of the chapel boasts the highest vaulted brick ceiling in the world, at 40 meters.

Inside St. Mary's church in Lubeck.

Today, St. Mary’s Church is home to an impressive astronomical clock that performs a spiel of figurines at midday, making it a must-visit landmark in Lübeck. There is a small fee to enter that goes towards restoration efforts.

Fallen bells at St. Mary's church.

Lübeck Town Hall – Rathaus

A testament to Lübeck’s rich history, the Town Hall is an architectural gem dating back to the 13th century and serves as a symbol of the city’s autonomy. The beautiful brick façade, ornate gables, and intricate carvings of the Rathaus captivate visitors and locals alike.

Lübeck Town Hall – Rathaus on a quiet morning.

To truly appreciate the beauty and history of Lübeck’s Town Hall, join a guided tour that takes you through its exquisite interiors, including the Audience Hall, which showcases notable artwork and historical artifacts.

Sign at Lübeck Town Hall – Rathaus.

Insider Tip: Lübeck’s Town Hall has restaurant patios and a market which is a great place to people watch, eat a meal or enjoy some coffee.

Iconic Landmarks in Lübeck

Apart from the Old Town, Lübeck boasts a plethora of iconic landmarks that are worth your attention. Let’s take a closer look at some of these landmarks to gain a deeper understanding of Lübeck’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Enjoying the sunshine along the river in Lubeck.

Holstentor – Holsten Gate

The Holstentor, one of the two remaining city gates, is an iconic symbol of Lübeck’s autonomy and its role as a powerful Hanseatic city. Its imposing brick façade, adorned with the Latin inscription “Concordia domi foris pax” meaning “harmony at home and peace abroad,” is a reminder of the city’s historic values.

A morning at Holstentor – Holsten Gate in Lubeck, Northern Germany.

The museum within the gate’s twin towers offers a glimpse into Lübeck’s history, including medieval weapons, armors, and torture devices.

Holstentor – Holsten Gate in Lubeck.

Insider Tip: Visit Holsten Gate and other popular attractions early in the morning to avoid crowds and get great photos.

Burgtor – Castle Gate

Another testament to Lübeck’s historic defensive system is the Burgtor, a late Gothic city gate constructed in 1444. As you approach this impressive structure, take a moment to admire the intricate brickwork and architectural details that make it a symbol of Lübeck’s rich history.

Burgtor - Castle Gate.

While not housing a museum like the Holstentor, the Burgtor is a proud reminder of the city’s past and role in the Hanseatic League. A plaque on the gate walls commemorates Napoleon entering the city in 1806.

Historic buildings at the old town of Luebeck - Schleswig-Holstein.
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Lubeck Cathedral – Lubecker Dom

Lübeck Cathedral, the oldest church, and building in the city, dates back to 1173 and showcases a blend of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. The cathedral suffered severe damage during World War II but has since been restored to its former glory.

Lubeck Cathedral or Lubecker Dom is a large brick built Lutheran cathedral in Lubeck, Germany
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Inside, you’ll find beautiful stained glass windows, intricate carvings, and the highest vaulted brick ceiling in the world. Don’t miss the ‘Triumphal Cross,’ a stunning sculpture crafted from a 17-meter oak tree by renowned local artist Bernt Notke.

Petrikirche – St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s Church, a Romanesque church constructed in the 13th century, may no longer be used for religious services, but it remains a flourishing cultural center in Lübeck. At Christmas time, it is home to an arts and crafts market.

View of Holstentor from the observation deck at Petrikirche – St. Peter’s Church in Lubeck Germany.

The church is renowned for its observation platform, which offers a breathtaking view of the city from a height of 50 meters. From here, you can take in the stunning panorama of Lübeck’s Old Town, the Trave River, and even the Baltic Sea on a clear day. There is a small entrance fee, but this is must-visit in Lübeck.

View rom the observation deck at St. Peter’s Church in Lubeck.

Salzspeicher

Located along the Obertrave, the Salzspeicher is a series of historic warehouses that once stored salt imported from Lüneburg to the south. These structures, dating from the 1500s to the 1700s, played a crucial role in Lübeck’s influence within the Hanseatic League.

Salzspeicher historic buildings.

Today, the Salzspeicher houses an unusual museum and serves as a symbol of the city’s trading history, offering a glimpse into Lübeck’s prosperous past.

Boating in the canal around old town of Lübeck - Germany
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Hospital of the Holy Spirit

The Hospital of the Holy Spirit, one of the oldest social institutions in the world, provided care for the poor, sick, and elderly from medieval times until the 1960s. Today, you can admire its 14th-century frescoes, 16th-century altar, and witness the remarkable preservation of this historic site.

Hospital of the Holy Spirit.

While visiting the hospital, take a moment to appreciate the dedication and compassion of the people who once worked there and the lives that were touched within its walls.

Churches of Lubeck

Lübeck’s rich history is deeply intertwined with its numerous churches, and it is a church lover’s paradise. Known as the City of Seven Spires, it has six cathedrals located in the historic center.

Inside St. Mary's church in Northern Germany.

Seven Spires of Lübeck

The Seven Spires of Lübeck refer to the seven main church towers that dominate the city’s skyline. The church spires are at:

  • St. Marien (St. Mary’s Church)
  • St. Petri (St. Peter’s Church)
  • St. Jakobi (St. James’s Church)
  • St. Aegidien (St. Giles’s Church)
  • St. Katharinen (St. Catherine’s Church)
  • Dom zu Lübeck (Lübeck Cathedral)
  • St. Lorenz (St. Lawrence’s Church)

These churches are all located in or near the historic old town of Lübeck, and are important landmarks and symbols of the city’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Visiting churches in one of the things to do in Lubeck.

Lübeck’s Museums

Lübeck is home to an array of unique museums that cater to a wide range of interests.

European Hansemuseum

The European Hansemuseum is the largest museum in the world dedicated to the Hanseatic League, offering visitors an immersive experience that transports them back in time to the height of Lübeck’s influence as a trading power. With dioramas, original artifacts, and interactive elements, the museum brings to life the birth, rise, and fall of the Hanseatic League, revealing tales of piracy, plague, trade boycotts, and power struggles.

Interior - part of European Hansemuseum - Lubeck, Germany
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Insider Tip: When you visit any of the museums in Lübeck (except for Hansemuseum), your ticket gives you one half price admission into any of the museums listed on the back of the ticket.

Günter Grass House

The Günter Grass House offers a unique insight into the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize-winning author Günter Grass, who called Lübeck his home. The museum showcases Grass’s artistic creations, including paintings, sculptures, and graphic art, as well as his literary works and personal belongings.

Gunter Grass House - Lubeck, Germany
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As you explore the exhibits, discover the themes and inspirations that shaped Grass’s oeuvre, from National Socialism and post-war Germany to the Baltic Sea and the city of Lübeck itself.

Boat and city view of Lubeck.
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Other Notable Sights

Willy Brandt House: Museum dedicated to the life and work of former German Chancellor Willy Brandt, located in his childhood home in Lübeck.
Buddenbrook House: Museum dedicated to the famous novel “Buddenbrooks” by Thomas Mann, located in the house where the Mann family lived.
Behnhaus Drägerhaus Museum: Museum of art and cultural history, housed in two historic buildings in Lübeck’s old town.

House of the Seamen’s Guild: Historic building in Lübeck’s old town, now used as a museum and event space.
Museum Quarter St. Annen/St. Anne’s Museum Quarter: Complex of museums and cultural institutions located in the historic St. Anne’s Monastery in Lübeck.
Museum of Nature and Environment: Museum dedicated to the natural history and ecology of the Lübeck region, located in a former monastery.

Bicycle in front of a building.
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Schiffergesellschaft: Historic building in Lübeck’s old town, now used as a restaurant and museum dedicated to the city’s maritime history.
Lubeck Art Museum: Museum of fine art, featuring works by German and international artists, located in a historic building in Lübeck’s old town.
St. Catherine’s Church: Historic church in Lübeck’s old town, known for its impressive architecture and artwork.

Theater Lubeck: Theater and performing arts venue in the heart of Lübeck’s old town, featuring a diverse program of plays, concerts, and other events.
St. Jacob’s Church: Historic church in Lübeck’s old town, known for its impressive Gothic architecture and artwork.
Overbeck Museum: Museum dedicated to the life and work of German painter and sculptor Fritz Overbeck, located in his former home in Lübeck.
Schabbelhaus: Historic building in Lübeck’s old town, now used as a museum and event space.
St. Aegidien Church: Historic church in Lübeck’s old town, known for its impressive architecture and artwork.

Buildings in Lubeck.

Guided Tours

To truly appreciate the beauty and history of Lübeck, consider joining one of the many guided tours available in the city. From walking tours that take you through the charming streets of Old Town to boat tours that offer a unique perspective of the city’s canals and waterways, guided tours provide an informative and engaging way to explore Lübeck’s hidden gems and iconic landmarks.

Riding a boat in Lubeck is a great activity.

Walking tours of the Old Town

Walking tours of Lübeck’s Old Town offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the city’s most significant landmarks, including its medieval buildings, historic sites, and the two remaining city gates, the Holstentor and Burgtor. As you stroll through the cobblestone streets, your knowledgeable guide will regale you with tales of Lübeck’s fascinating history, providing unique insights into the lives of the people who once lived and worked within these ancient walls.

Patio eating area.

Whether you opt for a public or private guided tour, you’re sure to leave with a deeper appreciation for this beautiful city and its rich history.

Historic buildings in Lubeck.

E-Boat tour of the canals and waterways of Lubeck

For a different perspective of Lübeck, why not embark on a boat tour of the city’s picturesque canals and waterways? As you glide along the River Trave and the River Wakenitz, you’ll witness stunning views of Lübeck’s Old Town, its historic buildings, and the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds the city.

A boat tour in Lubeck.

Boat tours offer a relaxing and enjoyable way to discover Lübeck’s hidden treasures while learning about the city’s interesting history and the important role that its waterways played in its development as a powerful Hanseatic city.

View from the river.

We rented an e-boat from Boat Now and no boating license is required. There is a five-kilometer canal route that goes in a circle. One round will take about 50 minutes, so an hour is all you need for this tour.

Watching the scenery on a boat tour.

Delightful Culinary Experiences

Lübeck’s culinary scene is as rich and diverse as its history, offering visitors a wide range of delightful experiences to savor. From the famous marzipan at Café Niederegger to traditional German restaurants serving hearty fare, and local beer and wine that showcase the unique flavors of the region, Lübeck is a food lover’s paradise.

Insider Tip: Renting an e-boat in Lübeck is a great way to see the city from a unique perspective. No boating license or experience is required!

Marzipan that looks like the Salzspeicher.

Marzipan at Café Niederegger

No visit to Lübeck would be complete without indulging in its world-famous marzipan. At Café Niederegger, located in the heart of the Old Town, you can sample a wide variety of marzipan treats, from cakes to ice cream and even marzipan liqueur.

Marzipan at Café Niederegger.

The café also houses a marzipan museum, where you can learn about the history of this sweet confection in Lübeck and its role in the city’s prosperity. Whether you’re a marzipan enthusiast or simply curious to try this local delicacy, Café Niederegger is a must-visit destination.

Marzipan inside Niederegger.

Insider Tip: On the second floor there is a Marzipan Museum (free admission) which traces the almond’s origins from the Orient to Lübeck.

Dine at a traditional German restaurant

For a taste of authentic German cuisine, be sure to dine at one of Lübeck’s traditional restaurants, such as Paulaner am Dom or Schiffergesellschaft. Schiffergesellschaft has a lot of history. It is the oldest restaurant in Lübeck, founded 500 years ago by captains of the Hanseatic League.

North German Hamburg Labskaus is a delicacy with corned beef, potatoes, beetroot, pickled gherkins, fried egg, herring and beer on wooden table.
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Insider Tip: I did not get a chance to eat at Schiffergesellschaft, but I was told to try the authentic northern Germany dish Labskaus, which is corned beef stew with potato and onions. Some recipes put beetroot, fried quail’s egg, pickled gherkin, or even salted herring into it or as a side dish.

As you enjoy your meal in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere, you’ll truly feel immersed in the rich culinary heritage of Lübeck and its people.

Markets

The marktplatz (market square) by Rathaus Town Hall had stall set up each day I was there.

Insider Tip: There were strawberry stands in the shape of strawberries throughout the city. It was a great snack to eat down by the river.

Try local craft beer, cocktails and wine

To truly immerse yourself in Lübeck’s unique flavors, be sure to sample the local beer and wine offerings. Visit Brauberger zu Lübeck to experience a range of craft beers, or indulge in Lübecker Rotspon, a specialty red wine that dates back to the 13th century.

Enjoying a drink by the river.

As you savor these delicious beverages, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the regional ingredients and brewing techniques that have shaped Lübeck’s distinctive culinary landscape.

Insider Tip: There are many restaurants and bars along the Elbe–Trave Canal where you can sit down on a deck chair and relax. The best spots are along the water south of Salzspeicher. This was one of my favorite spots.

Having as Aperol Spritz at the river.

Scenic Day Trips from Lübeck

Lübeck’s prime location makes it an ideal base for exploring nearby destinations and attractions. With picturesque seaside towns and bustling cities just a short drive or train ride away, you’ll be able to experience the best of northern Germany and beyond.

View from the observation platform.

Travemünde

Just a 20-minute drive from Lübeck, Travemünde is a delightful seaside resort town located on the Baltic Sea. This charming destination offers visitors a long sandy beach, perfect for basking in the sun or taking a leisurely stroll.

Beach, Chairs, Travemuende, Luebeck Bay, Germany
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For a taste of history, visit the historic lighthouse, which houses a fascinating museum within its walls. Travemünde is an ideal day trip for those seeking relaxation and a dose of fresh sea air.

Insider Tip: There is a small fee to use the beach. There are machines along the boardwalk to purchase ticket.

Hamburg

As Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg offers an abundance of attractions, from the famous Miniatur Wunderland and Alter Elbtunnel to the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district. Known for its lively music scene, Hamburg is also where The Beatles began their meteoric rise to fame.

Classic view of famous Speicherstadt warehouse district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015, illuminated in beautiful post sunset twilight at dusk, Hamburg, Germany
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While it’s impossible to see everything this vibrant city has to offer in just one day, a day trip to Hamburg will undoubtedly leave you with a wealth of unforgettable experiences and memories.

Lübeck’s Hidden Gems

Lübeck is a treasure trove of hidden gems, from medieval passages and courtyards to lesser-known museums and attractions showcasing the city’s rich history and culture. One such gem is the Lübeck Christmas market, which adds a festive charm to the city during the holiday season, making it a great winter destination. I would love to come back one day for the holiday season.

Standing on a bridge in Lubeck decorated with lighted watering cans.

As you explore Lübeck, be sure to venture off the beaten path and uncover these secret spots that will make your visit truly unforgettable.

Lübeck Liebesbrücke or the Lübeck Love Bridge

A lovely pedestrian bridge over the Trave River is adorned with love locks and colourful lights. A great stop on your evening walk through the area.

Insider Tip: The Lübeck Love Bridge is located on Obertrave just south of Salzspeicher.

Medieval Passages and Courtyards

The medieval passages and courtyards of Lübeck offer a glimpse into the city’s past, serving as a testament to the craftsmanship and architectural ingenuity of the time. As you stroll through these hidden spaces, you’ll discover picturesque gems like low-timbered houses, benches, and exquisite flower arrangements.

Beautiful street of the city of Lübeck.
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Be sure to respect the privacy of the inhabitants as you explore these enchanting corners of Lübeck.

An interesting door in Lubeck, Northern Germany.

St. Peter’s Church Viewing Tower

For a breathtaking view of Lübeck and its surroundings, make your way to the viewing tower at St. Peter’s Church. Perched at a height of 50 meters, the observation platform offers a stunning panorama of the city, the Trave River, and even the Baltic Sea on a clear day.

View from St. Peter's Church Viewing Tower.

Whether you’re an avid photographer or simply want to take in the beauty of Lübeck from above, the St. Peter’s Church viewing tower is a must-visit destination.

Maritime Glimpses

As a working port city, there are many opportunities to see unique boats and ships in the river and canal. Walk along the river you can sit and watch boats maneuver and bridges rotate to allow them to pass.

Boats in Lubeck Germany.
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Getting to Lübeck

Reaching Lübeck is a breeze, with multiple transportation options to suit your preferences. Fly into Lübeck Airport (LBC), the closest airport to the city, or take a train from Hamburg for a scenic journey through the German countryside. The Lübeck main train station, Lubeck Hauptbahnhof, is well-connected to other German cities such as Hamburg, Kiel, and Berlin.

Regional train at Lubeck Main Station.
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Train from Hamburg

The train from Hamburg to Lübeck is a convenient and efficient way to travel between these two historic cities. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes on a direct train, with frequent daily departures. Upon arrival in Lübeck, the train station is conveniently located near the city center, making exploring the city’s many attractions on foot easy.

Insider Tip: We went right from Hamburg airport to Lübeck on the Deutsche Bahn. This is a helpful resource showing how to buy tickets.

Historic salt store buildings and promenade with cafes on the banks of the river Trave in the old town of Luebeck.
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If you prefer to travel by car, the A1 Autobahn provides a convenient route to Lübeck. Alternatively, consider arriving in style via ferry from Finland or Sweden. No matter your mode of transportation, Lübeck is waiting to welcome you with open arms.

Getting around Lübeck

Once you’ve arrived in Lübeck, getting around the city is a breeze. The compact nature of Old Town makes walking the most convenient and enjoyable way to explore its charming streets and historic sites.

Many bikes parked at a school in Lubeck.

For those looking to venture further afield, Lübeck’s public transport system, operated by Stadtverkehr Lübeck GmbH, offers buses and trains to help you easily navigate the city. Alternatively, consider renting a bicycle to explore Lübeck at your own pace and enjoy the freedom of discovering the city on two wheels.

Bikes and Scooters in Lübeck

Biking and scootering around Lübeck is a fun and eco-friendly way to explore the city and its surroundings. Lübeck has a well-developed network of bike lanes and paths, making it easy and safe for cyclists and scooter riders to navigate the city. Many bike rental shops are available in the city center, offering a range of bikes and scooters for rent at affordable prices.

Scooters In Germany.
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Visitors can explore Lübeck’s historic old town, ride along the scenic riverfront, or venture out into the countryside for a leisurely ride. Biking and scootering also offer the flexibility to stop and explore attractions along the way, making it a great way to experience the city at a relaxed pace. With its flat terrain and bike-friendly infrastructure, Lübeck is an excellent destination for anyone looking to explore the city on two wheels.

Where to Stay in Lübeck

Lübeck offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference. For those looking to stay in the heart of the city’s historic old town, several charming hotels and guesthouses are housed in historic buildings, offering easy access to the city’s many attractions. Additionally, several vacation rental options are available throughout the city, including apartments and private homes, offering a more independent and flexible option for those looking to stay longer or travel with a group.

A wood key card from the Holiday Inn in Lubeck, Germany.

The Holiday Inn Lübeck is a modern and comfortable hotel located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the historic old town and train station. The hotel features a range of amenities and services to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay, including spacious and well-appointed guest rooms, a fitness center, sauna, and on-site restaurant and bar. With its convenient location and range of amenities, the Holiday Inn Lübeck is a great choice for travelers looking for a comfortable and hassle-free stay in the city.

Buildings in Lubeck.

For those looking for a more modern and upscale experience, several luxury hotels and boutique properties are scattered throughout the city, offering top-notch amenities and services.

Inside a room at the Holiday Inn in Lubeck, Germany.

For budget-conscious travelers, several hostels and budget hotels are located near the train station, offering clean and comfortable accommodations at affordable prices. No matter your budget or preferences, Lübeck has various accommodation options to suit your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth visiting Lübeck?

Given its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural attractions, visiting Lübeck should be on your list of locations to visit in northern Germany. Whether you’re interested in the Hanseatic League or just looking for an unforgettable romantic holiday, this beautiful city promises an unforgettable experience.

How do you spend a day in Lübeck?

Spend an enjoyable day exploring the culture and history of Lübeck! Start by admiring the impressive Holstentor Gate, followed by taking a tour of the landmarks such as the Burgtor Gate, St. Marien (Marienkirche), The Dom (Dom zu Lubeck or Lubeck Cathedral), St. Aegidien, St. Jakobi, St. Katharinen, and St. Petri.

Afterward, take in some delicious German delicacies at one of the many restaurants around town to conclude your day.

How long to spend in Lübeck?

If you want to get a feel for Lübeck, two days is a reasonable amount of time to spend. You’ll have enough time to explore the beautiful Old Town area and visit museums.

What is Lübeck known for?

Lübeck is renowned for its history as a major port city and commercial hub and for its beautiful Gothic architecture. It is home to seven monumental church towers, the famous “Holsten Tor” (Holsten Gate), the Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church), the Romanesque cathedral, and the magnificent Rathaus (city hall).

Additionally, Lübeck is well-known for its marzipan, which can be found in its own Marzipan Salon.

Drinking a cocktail along the river in Lubeck.

There are so many things to do in Lubeck! From its rich history and stunning architecture to its delightful culinary experiences and hidden gems, Lübeck is a captivating city that offers something for every traveler. As you explore the charming streets of Old Town, delve into the fascinating world of the Hanseatic League, and indulge in the local flavors, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with this enchanting city. So why wait? Start planning your visit to Lübeck, Germany, and embark on a journey you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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