Overlooking Lübeck old town
World heritage and gateway to the baltic sea

Hanseatic City of Lübeck!

Lübeck is unique and wonderful. The historic centre, with its enchanting alleys and courtyards, seven church towers and famous Holsten Gate is Lübeck’s pride and joy. It offers a cultural variety that is sure to make everyone happy: from the new European Hansemuseum to the “Welterbe von Innen” in the St. Annen museum quarter and right up to the three Nobel Prize winners of Lübeck. Just a stone’s throw away, Travemünde beckons with its old lakeside resort tradition and beautiful beach on the Baltic Sea.

We have summarised the most beautiful leisure activities and are looking forward to your visit!

Photo: © LTM – Patrick de Jourdan

European Hansemuseum

The Hanse – one of the biggest business networks of all time! Material enough for history books and legends of power and religion, change, merchandise and community. Since 2015 the list of museums in Lübeck has included the European Hansemuseum, the largest museum ever dedicated to the history of the Hanse. Step into the world of the Middle Ages and discover the lives of the Lower German merchants.

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Buddenbrook House

Who has never heard of it? The "Buddenbrooks" novel by Thomas Mann, the Nobel Laureate. The cultural city of Lübeck has even dedicated one of the most exceptional literature museums in the world to him and behind the white baroque façade dating from 1758 brings the story of the Buddenbrooks to life.

Heinrich and Thomas Mann are two of Lübeck's most famous sons. The Buddenbrooks House in Mengstraße is dedicated to the two writers and the "Buddenbrooks" novel. The world's most exceptional literary museum lies behind the white baroque façade dating from 1758. The world's only literature project originally arose from the Expo 2000.

A piece of world literature is brought to life in the exhibition "The Buddenbrooks" - a novel of the century. Enter the Buddenbrooks' piano nobile with Thomas Mann's Nobel prize-winning novel in your hand. Two of the rooms have been reproduced as a "walk-in novel" inviting you to take part in a literary game. There is also space given to the origins of the novel: Its production, the Nobel Prize for literature awarded in 1929 and the worldwide reception - from translations to stage plays, radio plays and film adaptations.

The second permanent exhibition "The Manns - a literary family" chronicles the life and works of this "amazing family": From their international roots, the literary and personal departure from Lübeck, the different paths through life, the personal suffering from Germany, the individual goodbyes and information regarding the traces the famous family left behind, can also be found. Visitors are invited to witness the intense personal conflicts within the Mann family which are documented in numerous pictures, film and sound recordings.

Opening hours:

January to March: daily 11:00 am to 05:00 pm 

April to December: daily 10:00 am to 06:00 pm  

Buddenbrookhaus – Heinrich-und-Thomas-Mann-Zentrum

Mengstraße 4
23552 Lübeck

Telephone: +49 (0) 4 51 12242-40

E-mail: museen@luebeck.de

Source: Lübeck und Travemünde Marketing

Ship tours

Ship ahoy - discover Lübeck and its surroundings from the water! Set off on a discovery tour to Travemünde or discover the natural wilderness of Wakenitz by ship!

A one-hour city, canal and harbour tour guides you past vintage yachts, through Lübeck’s port and also around the historic old town island. From the water, you are afforded a wonderful view toward the seven spire panorama of the Hanseatic city. All attractions are presented by the captain.

A 1.5 hour charter trip to Travemünde shows you not only the historic district of Lübeck but also the harbour basin with its hustle and bustle, the picturesque fishing village of Gothmund and the picture-pretty landscape of the lower course of the Trave River.

For visitors who enjoy being active, there also is the option of discovering the waterways around Lübeck by canoe. All boat tours start from the conveniently-located jetty, which is in direct proximity to ATLANTIC Hotel Lübeck.

Information, also on additional ship tours, can be obtained at the telephone number +49 (0) 451 4091-950

Guided city tours

Discover Lübeck from its most beautiful side during a professionally-guided city tour!

Experience with us the city with its seven spires, the Gothic churches that mark the beginning and also the peak of brick-building in that style, the town hall and market square; the medieval social establishments such as the living quarter-like courtyards and alleyways, the social institutions like the Hospice of the Holy Ghost, the Seafarers’ Guildhall and plenty more.

Be it a classic guided city tour, a theme-specific tour, or one with a city guide dressed in a historic costume, there is sure to be something for every taste!

Lübeck Open Air – in summer, the open double-decker bus city sightseeing tour is a truly special experience. For everyone who enjoys maintaining an overview of the bigger picture, the convertible bus is the transportation means of choice for the round trip through Lübeck. The tour, which lasts about 45 minutes, starts at the Untertrave/Holstentorbrücke bus stop.

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Not only for those who have a sweet tooth: in the marzipan salon, you can find out how Lübeck’s delicacy is manufactured! Try the exquisite almond-based specialities in Niederegger Café and take home a selection of artful creations!

The worldwide popularity of marzipan started in Lübeck. The manufactory, which is family-owned to this very day and still has its headquarters in Lübeck, was founded by Georg Niederegger (1777 – 1856).

The famous Café Niederegger with its marzipan salon is located right in the heart of the historic centre, directly opposite the town hall. It presents the history of the so-called “harem confectionery” on the second floor and takes visitors along on the almond speciality’s long journey through time from the Orient to Lübeck and spanning many centuries,. Highly conspicuous attractions are the 12 life-sized personalities made of marzipan: from Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen to Thomas Mann and right up to Wolfgang Joop, all of whom are fans of the famous Niederegger marzipan. The most beautiful marzipan souvenirs of the Hanseatic city, first and foremost the magnificent Holstentor (Holsten Gate), made of pure marzipan, can be purchased on the ground floor. Filigree figures such as the cute little teddy bears, the pigs, which symbolise good luck, or the well-known colourful fruits made of marzipan are true works of art.

Shop, café and marzipan salon Café Niederegger
Breite Straße 89
23552 Lübeck 
Telephone: +49 (0) 4 51 53 01-126/ -127
Fax: +49 (0) 4 51 53 01-114

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 07:00 pm 
Saturday: 9:00 am to 06:00 pm 
Sunday: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm  
Should this be desired, guided tours, marzipan modelling and special events.

Source: Lübeck und Travemünde Marketing
Photo: © Niederegger

Holsten Gate ("Holstentor")

Discover and experience the exciting world of the Hanse! 
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the merchants during the Middle Ages and discover the rise and fall of the former commercial power! In the new Hanse museum, European history and the Hanse phenomenon is vividly set in scene and filled with life.

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