Lubeck Tourist Information and Tourism

(Lubeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)

Picture of Lubeck cityscapeA particularly picturesque city famed for its many Gothic buildings and also its tasty marzipan, Lubeck (German: Lübeck), is perhaps most famous for its iconic 15th-century Holstentor gateway, which boasts a true fairy tale appearance, with twin cylindrical towers. Behind the Lubeck Holstentor, a city of medieval charm awaits, where you will discover in excess of 1,000 historic buildings, so many in fact that Lubeck has been listed as a World Heritage Site since the mid-1980s.

Much of the best sightseeing in Lubeck lies within the Old Town area, known simply as the 'Altstadt'. Encircled by the Trave River, this appealing part of the city is just a short walk from both the train station (Hauptbahnhof) and the bus station. Nearby, the enormous ferry port lies next to the Baltic Sea, within the suburb of Travemunde, where you will also find several pleasant sandy beachfronts and a true feel of seaside tourism

Photo of the Holsten Gate

Lubeck Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Much of Lubeck is well signposted in English and tourists will find it easy to find there way around. The Lubeck Travemunde Tourismus (tourist information centre) is always on-hand should you require any further information and is to be found on the Breite Strasse. Here you will also be able to purchase the useful and inexpensive Lubeck - Travemunde HappyDay Card (Lübeck Rundum), which provides money off vouchers.

Photo showing the River TraveA city with great tourist appeal, Lubeck is full of places to visit and sights to marvel at. When you first arrive, consider taking one of the open-air bus tours around Lubeck, or alternatively a relaxing cruise along the Trave River, with a range of boat trips being available around the nearby resorts of Travemunde and Gothmund. Theatre-goers will be pleased to find a good selection of shows available at the City Theatre (Stadttheater), the Freilichtbühne Wallanlagen Theatre and the Music and Congress Hall (Musik und Kongresshalle), while for those looking for a little respite in Lubeck, the City Park (Stadtpark) is a great place for a picnic or simply a stroll, and also boasts good sports facilities. More information about Lubeck Tourist Attractions.

Picture of the Central SquareAround Lubeck and its many public square you will find an array of historical tourist attractions and notable landmarks. Of particular interest within Lubeck is the 13th-century Town Hall (Rathaus), the beautiful 12th-century Dom (Lubeck Cathedral), the magnificent palatial architecture of Rantzau Castle (Schloss Rantzau), and the Heiligen Geist Hospital, the oldest hospital in the whole of Germany, dating back to 1227. More information about Lubeck Landmarks.

For a spot of culture and information about historic Lubeck, museums abound, together with a good selection of art galleries. Celebrating the life of Lubeck writer Thomas Mann, the Buddenbrook House Museum is especially popular and full of information about this famous writer. Families often enjoy a visit to both the Museum of Natural History and the Environment and the appealing Puppet Theatre Museum, while for art aficionados, the art works at the Behn House and Drager House Museum (Behnhaus and Drägerhaus Museum) and also the St. Annen Art Gallery will be a definite highlight. More information about Lubeck Museums and Lubeck Art Galleries.

View of the Travemunde promenadeA number of prominent German cities lie close to Lubeck and are full of quality tourist attractions. Many people combine a visit to Lubeck with a trip to nearby Hamburg, where the lively sights around the Alster lakes, Speicherstadt canals and famous St. Pauli district await. Also nearby, both Ahrensburg and Ratzeburg are worth investigating if you have time, where you will discover grand castles, cathedrals and plenty of period architecture. More information about Lubeck Attractions Nearby.

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