Lübeck Travel Guide

  • Lubeck, Northern Germany
    Lubeck, Northern Germany
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Lübeck Highlights

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    Rupanworld says…

     Pretty walkable, very red. 

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    RhineRoll says…

     Can be touristy in Summer, difficult traffic parking around the Old Town then 

  • In a nutshell
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     Elegant, refined German town 

Lübeck Things to Do

  • View the city from St Petri's Church...

    There is a viewing stage ( access by lift - I think I'd have preferred stairs) to a high vantage point from where you get great views all over the city of Lübeck. There is a small charge to go up but that probably helps to maintain the church. Student rates apply.Look out for the model of the church - see photo.

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  • Duckstein Festival 1- 8 August

    Each year for a week in early August there is a festival held on the banks of the River Trave. It has free entry and there are all kinds of things to watch, eat, drink, buy, listen to, laugh at and participate in.We thoroughly enjoyed the visiting Swedish student band who really didn't take themselves seriously at all. They were great fun and...

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  • Listen to an Organ Concert

    My wife and I spent a very pleasant 30 minutes listening to an organ recital ( 4Euros each) at around 5pm in the St Jakobi Church in the city centre. Throughout the summer months it seems there are almost daily recitals or longer concerts in one or more of Lübeck's churches. The atmosphere is terrific, the Bach impressive.The image shows the church...

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  • Trave quay

    The old part of Lübeck is on an island enclosed by the Trave. The Elbe–Lübeck Canal connects the Trave with the Elbe River. The Trave river passes through Bad Segeberg, Bad Oldesloe, and Lübeck, where it is linked to the Elbe-Lübeck Canal. It is navigable for sea-going vessels from the Baltic to the Lübeck ports.

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  • Rathaus and Rathausmarkt

    Cosy Rathausmarkt looks rather imposing. Much of the old town has kept a medieval appearance with old buildings and narrow streets. The old town centre is dominated by seven church steeples. The Renaissance Town hall of the sixteenth century - Rathaus and The Church of Maiden Maria - Marienkirche represent one of the most interesting architectural...

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  • Marienkirche

    Marienkirche was constructed as the sample of the French cathedrals during blossoming Luebeck in the end of the thirteenth century. It was a face of burghers pride of the city.It is a model for the brick Gothic style of northern Germany, reflected in approximately 70 churches in the Baltic Area. In Lübeck, the high-rising Gothic style of France was...

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Lübeck Restaurants

  • A breeze of the sea

    Very nice restaurant, very nice atmosphere & service! Great seafood! I've had fantastic salmon & salad. Almost too big of portions. Big plus: Easy to park there. Guess restaurant belongs to Best Western Aquamarin.

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  • Waht an excellent way to start the day

    Sourbugger can't usually begin his day without a big steaming mug of trucker's tea, but on my morning in Lubeck I was happy to make an exception.I ordered just the 'small' Fruhstruk (breakfast), at only 5 Euro. You can sometime pay the equilvalent of that in London just for the coffee (which is only half as good as here), yet I also had breads,...

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  • A world of marzipan

    Niederegger Cafe provides with an abundance of marzipan and other delicacies. There are more than 300 specialities to choose from: marzipan in many different variations, fine pralines, nougat, pyramid cake, stollen cake and the finest of baked goodies. Visitors can buy from their many of marzipan specialities: it is a classical souvenir to take...

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Lübeck Nightlife

  • Fishing

    This was pretty interesting. On our way back, as we were crossing the Trave quay, we saw many elderly men busy catching fishes there. It was dark and the entire sight looked so unusual and interesting.

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  • Feel at home in Lübeck's smallest pub

    If you're heading for a relaxing and entertaining night out, try the "TibiaTick", Lübeck's smallest pub. Quite some interesting CD background music (Rock, Jazz, Folk, feel free to bring your own CDs with you), inexpensive drinks, small snacks, friendly people, many of them coming not in groups but by their own (male as well as female) and always...

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  • Drink some good beer!

    There seems to be not a great nightlife in Altstadt Lübeck, it's really a quiet town, so the best thing to do is going to some "Bierstuben", like this one where you can drink good beers in a bit smoky atmosphere, listening to some good music. The owner of this pub is really a characteristic man, with a really long beard, but anyway he has been very...

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Lübeck Transportation

  • To Luebeck by train

    By train we did the trip for visiting Luebeck. Though not liking any coldness no matter what the bright beauty of a winter might be looking like, I yet was truly touched by the heavy snow covered landscape we traveled through on our way to Luebeck. Given the heavy snow & ice & storm, the DB yet worked amazingly dependable to be on time and all...

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  • By Air

    Lübeck airport is a base for Ryanair, good prices to several European airports.From the ZOB (bus station) bus #6 runs regularly.Now there's a railway station close to the airport, it's not too well signposted but just walk across the carpark and out of the gate, it is maybe 200 metres to the left, you can see the lift down to the platform.

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  • Lubeck airport

    You can come to the Lubeck airport by bus No.6 (the busstop No.5 in the main busstation). The journey takes about 30min and costs around 2,5 euro. Goes every 20min.If you come from Hamburg, there is an airport bus with journeys timed to coincide the Ryanair flights Ryanair. Time of journey is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, costs 8,00 EUR. For...

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Lübeck Shopping

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  • Buy a biscuit cutter in the shape of...

    By far the best souvenir that I bought in Luebeck is a biscuit cutter in the shape of the iconic Holstein Tor!The shape has wonderful fairytale connatations (and gratifyingly generous proportions), and when the biscuits are generously slathered with white icing, it makes me think of how pretty Luebeck must be in the snow!I use this cutter to make...

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  • Marzipan factory outlet store

    Niederegger is the largest and best know marzipan company in Lubeck. Their store and cafe in the center of the Old Town are very popular, and great places to stop and visit. For serious shoppers, the factory outlet store is the place to go. It isn't well publicized, and not in the Old Town, but once you get here you'll be rewarded with a good...

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  • More Marzipan

    If you know anything about this city, you probably already know about its famous marzipan. Lubeck has been known for this tasty, almond based treat for generations, and trying some and buying more is often a reason in itself for many visitors to come here. Lübecker Marzipan-Speicher is not as well known as its world renowned, bigger competition,...

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Lübeck Local Customs

  • Luebeck's loveliest Christmas Market

    It was a very freezing winter day, when we made it to Luebeck's loveliest Christmas Market by taking a walk from the train station all the way up to the town's center after a really lovely ride with the train through a very snowy landscape. In fact that winter day with its icy degrees was as lovely as this beautiful city of Thomas Mann is, and did...

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  • Fishing

    While on my tour I saw many local enthusiasts busy fishing at the Trave quay. The sight was pretty interesting. Each time we passed the area, both day and night, we found many hobby fishers there. The people here seemed to enjoy this leisure activity.

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  • Lebkuchen

    This is a custom in the whole of Germany to be precise. Generally during the Christmas season. We have seen it in every town that we visited during the last three months of 2007 including Luebeck. The harder heart-shaped Lebkuchen with inscription in icing like "Ich liebe dich" which means "I love you" are common and seen hanging in the temporary...

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Lübeck Warnings and Dangers

  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the...

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  • Getting mugged?

    I was having a nice walk along the riverbank when i noticed a guy following me. Now, this would seem perfectly normal if he was also just on a short stroll, but every time i stopped, he found an excuse to hang around (and i purposefully stopped a few times, around other people). When i got nervous and turned around, he followed me most of the way...

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  • No Left Luggage Offices

    As we weren't staying the night in Lubeck, we needed somewhere to leave our luggage when we were exploring the city. Neither the bus station nor the train station had any left luggage facilities or lockers so we were almost faced with the prospect of carrying our rucksacks for the day. Luckily the kind people in the tourist office let us stow our...

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Lübeck Tourist Traps

  • A bit chilly, to be sure

    The 'Ice world' exhibition has been putting on its winter exhibition at the conference centre for the past few years during December and January.Despite the impressive website, extensive advertising and the obvious skill of the sculptors , it was a little underwhelming.With an eight-euro entrance tag the temperature controlled room contained about...

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  • The Christmas Market at the City Hall

    With one of the most wonderful historic surroundings possible, it is quite regrettable that the Christmas market at the city hall is a bit on the tacky side. Maybe the nicer stands are somewhere else, maybe it is because of the Swedish tourists just wanting to get drunk on Glögg (Glühwein), maybe only the ugly stands remained open after Christmas,...

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Lübeck What to Pack

  • Electrical appliances

    For 'grounded' plugs, the "Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts is used (see picture)The receptacle will also accept the not-grounded plug shown in the previous tip.

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  • Electrical appliances

    In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system Germany uses: 220 volts and 50 Hz. It is a round pin attachment plug (see picture)An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use,...

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Lübeck Off The Beaten Path

  • 42nd Nordic Film Days Luebeck, years...

    I found myself wishing that I were a psychoanalyst and she were my patient. It might be that I couldn't have helped her, but she would have looked lovely on a couch. -Billy WilderThey've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original. -Billy Wilder

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  • Altstadt

    Much of the old town has kept a medieval appearance with old buildings and narrow streets. You will see Thomas Mann's house. Günter Grass' house. Church of St. Peter ("Petrikirche"). Church of St. Lawrence, located on the site of a cemetery for people who died during the 16th century plague. Church of St. Jacob (Lübecker Jakobikirche, 1334)....

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  • Largest model railway in the world

    The largest model railway in the world is located in Hamburg. To get there from Luebeck is not much of a ride with either car or train. Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg does provid with a great & detailed web page where one gets every information necessary to make it there well & easy. Personally not too fond of that city of Hamburg yet their Miniatur...

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Lübeck Favorites

  • Red bricky city

    One beautiful thing about this city is that a major part of it including the roads is made of red bricks and the city at a glance appears to be very red and beautiful. After many days of coming back from the tour I still remember it as red and picturesque. Almost like a fairy tale!!

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  • Interesting gables

    The houses all across the city have gables of different shapes and sizes and this is a uniqueness in itself. For once I felt not having seen two identical gables, but I have seen only some parts of the city, and therefore I would not conclude that. but just watching the gables of houses across the city is a pretty interesting part of tourism in the...

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  • Salzspeicher - Salt Warehouses

    The Salzspeicher are six gabled salt warehouses that stand just beyond the Hosltertor. Of course they are located directly on the River Trave, which was and is Lübeck's link with the Baltic Sea.Salt was produced in nearby Luneberg and transported here, where it used to preserve fish - particularly herring - that was caught in the sea. Salt was also...

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