Lübeck attractions: the 11 top attractions – 2020 (with photos)
The old Hanseatic city in northern Germany is a popular destination for tourists today. It impresses with an impressive story that every visitor will immediately find in the historic city center of Lübeck. It owes its nickname “City of the Seven Towers” to its many churches and towers. Important personalities shaped the city, such as the two Nobel Prize winners for literature Thomas Mann and Günter Grass.
Thanks to its proximity to the Baltic Sea, Lübeck is the perfect city for one even in summer city trip. So that on your next short vacation in Lübeck you know where to look for the best places in the city we have you most beautiful Lübeck sights compiled.
1. The Holsten Gate
"N pray cheef hett god leev" says a northern German proverb.
That also applies to that Landmark of the city of Lübeck: the Holsten Gate. Not exactly straight, but very impressive, with its two conical towers and striking pointed roofs it rises into the Lübeck sky.
A restoration in 1934 ensured that the brick Gothic building did not sink any further. So you can take a relaxed look at this sight of Lübeck on your way from Lübeck main station to the old town island.
The Museum in the Holsten Gate shows you the trade history of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck in the exhibition. Take a look at the Holsten Gate from the terrace of the tourist information. From there you have a great view. In the afternoon, by the way, the gate is in the best light for your souvenir photo.
- Fireworks as background lighting: New Year’s Eve on the Baltic Sea
Holstentor Museum, Holstentorplatz
- Opening hours: From January to March, Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From April to December, Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
- Entry: Adults pay 7 euros, children and young people up to 18 years come in for 2.50 euros and children under 6 years have free admission. For students, people with disabilities and holders of the Lübeck Card, entry costs 3.50 euros.
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2. Lübeck marzipan
The leading manufacturer of Lübeck marzipan is the Niederegger company. Therefore, a visit to Café Niederegger should definitely be on the program during your short vacation in Lübeck.
Try yourself with delicious marzipan, nougat or truffle. There is also countless delicious cakesn just waiting for you.
You will also find a small one in the café marzipan Museum. Here you can find out everything about the history of the company and marzipan. In addition, twelve life-size personalities made of marzipan await you.
Café Niederegger, Breite Strasse 89
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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3. The Buddenbrookhaus
Here you will find a real one Piece of world literature a hands-on novel, a walk-in novel. The Buddenbrookhaus was the family home of the writer Thomas Mann and served as his central Set of his novel around the Buddenbrook merchant family in Lübeck, which is largely the same as its own family.
The Buddenbrookhaus now houses a museum about the genesis and contemporary history of the novel. The rooms of the house are of course furnished in great detail and take you back to the time of the 19th century.
Buddenbrookhaus, Mengstrasse 4
- Opening hours: In January from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in February and March from Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from April to December from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
- Entry: Adults pay 7 euros for admission, children and adolescents up to 18 years pay 2.50 euros, children under 6 years have free admission, Lübeck Card holders, students and people with disabilities pay 3.50 euros for admission.
4. Lübeck City Hall
The Lübeck town hall is a must-see in the Hanseatic city. It is one of the most unusual buildings in Lübeck’s old town. It was built from 1230, shortly after the conferment of freedom of the empire. It was completed in 1308, but has changed over the years, making it a multitude of today different architectural styles united.
Our Lübeck tip: You should not miss this Lübeck attraction during your visit and take a tour of the town hall to learn more about the history of the unique building.
Rathaus Lübeck, Breite Straße 62
- City Hall Tours: Monday to Friday 11am, 12pm and 3pm. On Saturday at 1.30 p.m. (if no events take place)
- Entry: Entry costs 4 euros. Lübeck Card holders pay 2 euros.
5. Alleys and corridors of Lübeck
Go on a discovery tour through the many small alleys and corridors of Lübeck’s old town. You will find hidden courtyards and old buildings – not a secret for Lübeck anymore, but you still feel like an explorer – and that The variety and individuality of the Lübeck streets is unique and makes this Lübeck attraction something very special.
In many places you have to pull your head in, because the Lübeck from the Hanseatic period were a bit smaller than the people today. You keep discovering new paths and aisles or suddenly standing on a busy street again. Immerse yourself in the life of the Middle Ages.
Tip: Visit the farm. Today it is the largest and most splendid foundation yard in Lübeck. In 1639 it was donated by the merchant Johann Füchting. He had houses built for widows by boatmen and merchants after his death.
6. St. Marienkirche
The St. Marienkirche in Lübeck looks impressive. she got Built in 1277 and is considered Mother church of brick Gothic in the Baltic Sea region. It is one of the seven towers of the city of Lübeck – in addition to the church tower of the St. Jakobi Church, the Petrikirche, the Aegidienkirche and the Lübeck Cathedral.
Inside you will also find artistic murals and the largest mechanical organ in the world.
Tip: You can take two different tours. One leads you up to the tower and the church vault. The other through the church.
St. Marien church, key booth 13
- Opening hours: October 4 to January 10 daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m .; January 11 to March 31 daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from April 1 to October 3 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
- Entry: Adults pay 2 euros, all others do not pay admission. This also applies to members of the congregation or people who want to use the church for prayer.
7. Holy Spirit Hospital
The Tourist attraction built in 1286 is still used in parts as an old people’s home one of the oldest social institutions in the world. The citizens of Lübeck were not only very rich, but also extremely devout and charitable. They have looked after the needy of their city since the Middle Ages.
Our tip: During the Advent season there is a large Christmas market in the hospital, with handicrafts from Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.
Did you know? Here in Lübeck one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in all of Germany instead of. In the approximately 200 stalls, great value is placed on not selling bulk goods and is therefore definitely worth a visit.
Holy Spirit Hospital, Koberg 11
- Opening hours: From April to September, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm; from October to March Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8. Museum harbor
The museum harbor of the Hanseatic city is one of the most impressive sights in Lübeck. All in all 27 historic sailing boats are at anchor here and show you the history of seafaring. The port is on the edge of the old town. In addition to the ships, you can also see an exhibition in the Peter Rehder House.
Also visit the port of Travemünde. This is located 20 kilometers from Lübeck and is the Baltic Sea port of the Hanseatic city. Here is the historic four-masted sailing ship "Passat". There is a museum on board, which shows the history of the sailing ship.
Museum harbor, Willy-Brandt-Allee 35
- Entry: Access to the museum harbor is free of charge
"Passat", Priwall promenade 3a
- Opening hours: From April 8th to May 14th and September 25th to November 5th from 11am to 4.30pm; from May 15 to September 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Entry: Adults pay 4 euros, children and adolescents between 6 and 18 years pay 2 euros, children under 6 years and holders of the Lübeck vacation pass have free admission.
9. Castle monastery
Next to the Holsten Gate, the Burgkloster is probably the most impressive sight in Lübeck. It is the most important, maintain monastery complex in northern Germany and an impressive testimony to the city’s history.
This system already had many functions:
Today that is on the site European Hanseatic Museum, which illustrates the story of the rise and decline of the Hanseatic League. You can go on a tour of the museum rooms and also visit the castle monastery.
Our tip: Use the possibility of a guided tour or a tour with the audio guide to discover the castle monastery or do one Canal and harbor tour and experience the castle from a new perspective from the water side.
European Hanseatic Museum Lübeck, An der Unterhave 1
- Opening hours: Daily, except on December 24th from 10am to 6pm.
- Entry: Adults pay € 12.50 for the entire area and € 7 for the castle monastery. Reduced admission costs 11 euros for the entire museum, otherwise 3 euros. Children between 6 and 16 years pay 7.50 euros in the entire area and 2.50 euros in the castle monastery.
10. Lübeck Cathedral
The Lübeck Cathedral is another building that owes the city of Lübeck its nickname "City of the Seven Towers". With 130 meters is the cathedral one of the longest brick churchn. It was founded 1173 by Henry the Lion and completed in 1230. The cathedral was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, but large parts of the interior could be saved, so that you can still see it today Original triumphal cross and winged altars from the Middle Ages.
After the cathedral was almost completely razed in 1942, the city of Lübeck began with it in 1960 after the St. Marienkirche reconstruction of the cathedral. It was finally completed in 1982.
Lübeck Cathedral, Mühlendamm 2-6
- Opening hours: April 1 to October 3 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m .; October 4 to October 31 daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 1 to March 31 daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11. The numerous museums in the city of Lübeck
The sights of Lübeck also include the countless museums in the Hanseatic city, the von Art Collections, the Gunter Grass House, Natural History Museum or cover a variety of subject areas at the Hansemuseum.
This is a specialty in Lübeck Theater figures Museum. It includes the world’s largest collection of theater figures, stages and props. With its exhibits, it documents several centuries of puppetry.
Theaterfiguren-Museum Lübeck, Kolk 14
- Opening hours: January to March and November to Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April to October daily from 10am to 6pm; December daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Entry: Adults pay 7 euros for admission, children between 6 and 12 years pay 2.50 euros, reduced admission costs 3.50 euros.
The Lübeck Grenzmuseum deals with the division within Germany, especially with the effects on the city of Lübeck. It was the only western German city right on the border of the German Democratic Republic.
- Opening hours: All year round Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Entry: Admission is 3 euros for adults and 2 euros for children
Our Lübeck tip: You can experience most of the city’s museums at a special event once a year. Every year in August the Lübeck Museum Night instead of. Then the participating museums open until midnight.
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