10 Must-See Attractions in Lübeck

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Martí Micolau

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Do you know Lübeck? It is a small town in northern Germany with one among the most beautiful medieval historic centers in Europe. Rebuilt after the bombings of 1942, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Among its distinctive features are numerous examples of Baltic Gothic. A ideal destination for a short low cost trip.
But what to see absolutely? Here is a list of 10 unmissable places to visit.


  1. Holsten Gate
  2. Puppenbrücke
  3. Santo Spirito Hospital
  4. Marienkirche
  5. Lübeck Cathedral
  6. River Trave by boat
  7. Salt Warehouses
  8. Buddenbrookhaus
  9. Marzipan from the Café Niederegger
  10. Travemunde
  11. Where to eat
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Holstentor

E' the most famous and ancient gate of the city. It dates back to 1478 and was a symbol of the power and prestige of the city. It consists of two circular towers connected with a red brick building. It is considered the symbolic monument of Lübeck, as well as one of the most important in all of Germany. Inside it houses a museum dedicated to commercial activity. Its cylindrical twin towers with a pointed roof, joined by a stepped pediment, enchanted Andy Warhol: his print is now on display in the Sankt Annen Museum.

  • nearest bus stop "Holstentorplatz" (lines 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 21, 31, 32, 39) - Get directions
  • from 1 January to 31 March, Tue-Sun from 11:00 to 17:00 - from 1 April to 31 December, every day from 10:00 to 18:00
  • € 7,00 for adults, € 2,50 for children between 6 and 18, free for children under 6. € 3,50 reduced ticket (Lübeck Card holders, students). LübeckCard holders enter for free on the last Friday of each month

2 - Puppenbrücke

E' the first stone bridge that was built in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. Placed in front of the Holstentor, in 1634 it was built in wood to overcome the moat placed to defend the city. In 1773 it was rebuilt in stone thanks to the architect Johann Adam Soherr and finally decorated with statues by Dietrich Juergen Boy, between 1774 and 1776. These statues are at the origin of the current name of the bridge (puppen = dolls, statues - brücke = bridge).
All have a symbolic meaning, clearly understandable in the eighteenth century as well as today. They represent: the God of the River; Harmony; Mercury; peace; the Roman; Attention; Neptune; freedom.

  • two minutes walk from the bus stop "Holstentorplatz" (lines 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 21, 31, 32, 39) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

3 - Hospital of the Holy Spirit

E' one of the oldest in Europe, built between 1227 and 1286, and counted among the best preserved medieval hospices in Germany.
It is also among the oldest social institutions in Europe. The original hospice remained operational until the sixties of the twentieth century, although in some wings still active there is now a modern retirement home for the elderly.
The building, like all the rest of the historic center of Lübeck, is included in the Unesco World Heritage Site. Here you can observe the small bedrooms of the ancient dormitory and the interesting frescoes of the church. Also nearby is the ancient Burgtor, the north gate of the city.

  • nearest bus stop "Koberg" (lines 4, 10, 11, 21, 31, 32, 39) - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun from 10:00 to 17:00 (from December to February from 10:00 to 16:00)
  • free, free visit

4 - Marienkirche

The St. Mary's Church is the emblem of Lübeck's power and prosperity. Built between 1250 and 1350 on the highest point of the old city, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses numerous monumental organs. And the third largest church in Germany and was once considered a model for North German brick architecture.

Curiosity: on one side of the church you will find the statue of a nice little devil. It is said that when the first stone was laid, the devil thought that a tavern was being built. So he worked hard to help the construction workers on the site. But when he saw that the building was growing more than expected, he realized he was wrong and went on a rampage. With a huge boulder he began to tear down the building. A brave and shrewd master builder proposed an exchange to the devil: to finish the church in exchange for an inn in the immediate vicinity. Hell liked the idea. The church was finished and the famous ones arose a stone's throw from there cellars of the Ratsweinkeller, still very popular with gourmets!

  • nearest bus stop "Schüsselbuden" (lines 4, 10, 11, 21, 30, 31, 32, 39, 40) - Get directions
  • May to October, Monday to Saturday (except public holidays) 12:15 pm
  • € 3,50 for adults, € 2,00 for children and students, € 1,50 for children up to five years

5 - Lübeck Cathedral

Built starting in 1173, it is the oldest monument in the city. Its twin bell towers, measuring 114,67 meters, are among the highest in Europe.
The Cathedral kept, on the main altar, the famous Polyptych of the Passion, a work of 1491 by Hans Memling, now preserved in the Museumsquartier St. Annen.

  • nearest bus stop "Fegefeuer" (lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 15, 16, 8710, 8720, 8780) - Get directions
  • From April 1st to October 3rd, from 10:00 to 18:00. From 4th October to 31st October, from 10:00 to 17:00. From November 1st to March 31st, from 10:00 to 16:00
  • free donation

6 - River Trave by boat

If you are tired of walking, there is nothing better than a nice ride on the river! The boat will take you to the commercial port and then take you back to the center. The oldest part of Lübeck is in fact an island surrounded by the River Trave.
On the way you can see suggestive corners of the city, period houses and modern homes with their small pretty gardens overlooking the river.

  • Departure from Alla Untertrave near the Holstentor. Nearest bus stop "Holstentorplatz" (lines 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 21, 31, 32, 39) - Get directions
  • From March to November, from 10:00 to 17:30. Tour duration 1 hour. Departure every 1,5 hours.
  • € 14,00 for adults, € 12,00 for students, € 9,00 for children from 3 to 14 years. Free for children under 3.

7 - Salt Warehouses

You will find them not far from the pier where the boats stop and you will not be able to miss them. These ancient storage deposits are very impressive when viewed at night when the lights reflect off the water. Like everything else in the old town of Lübeck, these buildings are too included by Unesco in the World Heritage Site.

The warehouses are arranged almost according to a chronological order of construction, from the oldest (from 1579) to the two most recent (1743 and 1745). The fourth building, which dates back to around 1600 and is inserted after two dates back to 1594 and 1599 respectively, interrupts the sequence.

  • Wallstraße 1, near the Holstentor. Nearest bus stop "Holstentorplatz" (lines 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 21, 31, 32, 39) - Get directions
  • Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00
  • free, free visit

8 - Buddenbrookhaus

If you love literature, you cannot avoid visiting the Buddenbrookhaus, a building from 1758 (rebuilt after the destruction of the Second World War) belonging to the family of Thomas and Heinrich Mann. Since 2000 it has hosted a permanent exhibition dedicated to the two writers and their families.
The building, which housed the offices of the Mann Company and which was frequently visited by the two writers in childhood, takes its name from the famous novel by Thomas Mann "The Buddenbrooks". It is no coincidence that the writer set it largely within those walls.

  • Nearest bus stop "Stadttheater" (lines 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 21, 30, 31, 32, 39, 40) - Get directions
  • From 1st to 31st January, Tue-Sun from 11am to 00pm. From February 17st to March 00st, Mon-Sun from 1am to 31pm. From April 11st to December 00st, Mon-Sun from 17:00 to 1:31
  • € 7,00 for adults, € 2,50 for children between 6 and 18, free for children under 6. € 3,50 reduced ticket (Lübeck Card holders, students). LübeckCard holders enter for free on the last Friday of each month.

9 - Marzipan from the Café Niederegger

You cannot say that you have been to Lübeck without having tasted the famous marzipan of the Café Niederegger at 89 Breitenstraße! Inside you will find a museum hall and the delicious pastry offered by the restaurant.

  • Breite Str. 89. Nearest bus stop "Kohlmarkt" (lines 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 15, 16, 8710, 8720, 8770, 8780) - Get directions
  • from Mon-Fri, from 09:00 to 19:00. Sat-Sun from 09:00 to 18:00
  • free, free visit

10 - Travemunde

If you have the chance, go to Travemunde. It's a famous holiday resort on the Baltic, a few km from Lübeck. You can take a nice walk along the promenade and maybe rent one of the typical "house" deckchairs (you will see several on the beach). On the other hand it is the only and graceful way to shelter from the wind!

  • Bus line 30 Lübeck-Travemünder Verkehrsgesellschaft (about 7 minutes) - Get directions
  • always open
  • free, free visit

Where to eat

We suggest two interesting and affordable places:

  1. House of the Sailors' Guild (Haus der Schiffergesellschaft)
    The restaurant is located on the ground floor of a beautiful building from 1535 and is well worth entering just to visit (the owners are used to it by now). The model ships hanging from the ceiling and the elegant Flemish-style setting will make you dine in an unusual and old-fashioned setting.
    How to get there: Get directions / Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  2. Kartoffelkeller
    A restaurant where everything, from appetizers to desserts, is based on potatoes! Yummy, definitely worth trying!
    How to get there: Get directions / Average price: from € 20,00 per person / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Lübeck: Interactive map + info on flights, hotels and tours

  • Flights to Hamburg (approx. 69 km) starting from € 59,90 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • Classic tour of the Hanseatic city

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