Moevenpick Hotel Lubeck
Willy-Brandt-Allee 1-5, Lubeck, Schleswig-Holstein, 23554, Germany
More about Lübeck
The castle gate... no castle though...
Lübeck by day
Hamburg to Lübeck
Plan to take a train from Hamburg to Lübeck in early May and stay overnight. How far is Lübeck from Hamburg? Any interesting centrally located places to stay overnight?
Re: Hamburg to Lübeck
The trains Hamburg--> Lübeck are hourly. The trip is 47min long. During rush hours there are half an hour trains...
Re: Hamburg to Lübeck
Yes, it usually only takes an hour at most between the two. If you are into literature, the Buddenbrookhaus is pretty neat. I never stayed in Luebeck but took a few day trips there when I lived in Hamburg.
Re: Hamburg to Lübeck
This March I spent four days in Luebeck (with an excursion to Schwerin). I flew in to Bremen and took the train to Luebeck via Hamburg. The journey from Hamburg to Luebeck was simple and quick i.e. no problem. Luebeck was a fine city to stroll around. I stayed at the 'Hotel Stadt Luebeck' on 'Am Bahnhof'. It was cheapish - perhaps because it's not in the most elegant of locations, near the railway and bus stations - but it was only 10 minutes walk in to the Altstadt via the Holstentor, my single room was clean and perfectly adequate, and there was an excellent breakfast included in the room price. For info, I ended up drinking and eating very well at a 'Kneipenrestaurant' called Kurbis on Mühlenstraße. Also - because I had never seen the Baltic sea, or dipped a toe in it, I made the excursion to the coastal resort of Travemunde - which was no problem either, just half an hour by train from Luebeck. Hoping some of this helps.
Travel Tips for Lübeck
Public Art - Puppenbrücke Statues
As you walk from the train station toward the Holstentor, you'll cross a small bridge, the Puppenbrücke, decorated on each corner with statuary representing the roles that Lübeck has played in the history of its region. They may be both your first and last images of this beautiful city.
When walking through the streets of Lübeck, there are many narrow walkways that lead from the street to courtyards of surrounding homes.
I was at first afraid that we were trespassing, but I came to learn that most people are OK with visitors trekking through to see their courtyards, and if they don't want you to, they close the gates of the walkway.
The Altstadt of Lübeck is beautiful anyway, but these hidden courtyards are like hidden pockets of paradise.
Lübeck's most famous landmark is the Holstentor, the big gate opening to the old town. It was built in the 15th century and its two sturdy circular towers with turret roofs, joined by a gabled centre section, became the town emblem.
There on the street are some nice models of the Holstentor and the other 3 former gates which were destroyed in the past, so you can have an idea of the incredible city-wall protection there was in Lübeck in the past
St Marien's Church - the Astronomical Clock
Amongst the many interesting features of this enormous and heavily restored church is this fascinating clock. It provides astronomical data - timing of new moons etc and is a splendid piece of craftsmanship. My guidebook says this replica replaces the original from 1565. Apparently at noon each day black, white and yellow people pass before Jesus - pity I was there in the afternoon I'd liked to have seen that!
Holstentor (Holsten Gate)
The Holstentor is probably the most well-known building in Luebeck as it is used as a symbol for the city. It also used to be on the 50 DM bills before the Euro came.
This fortified gate is from the 15th century, with up to 3.50 meters thick walls. Once it was a bridgehead before the city. It used to have 30 cannons, although there was never fired a shot from them.
The gate is located a bit weird nowadays as a busy road goes on either side of the gate. But it is still worth while taking a look at. When I walked around the gate it amazed me how crooked it is. The whole gate leans down on one side, and it sank over half a meter into the ground since it was build. This is caused by the fact that the gate was built on moor land and peat and with those thick walls the gate is obviously a very heavy structure.