Attractions Nearby Lubeck, Day Trips and Excursions

(Lubeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)

Aerial view of Hamburg cityThose who choose to venture outside of Lubeck will be surprised at both the quantity and quality of the neighbouring attractions. For many, the ultimate attractions lie within the metropolis that is Hamburg, where you will find lakes, canals, exceptional restaurants and many appealing districts.

For others, a visit to the coastal resort of Travemunde makes for the perfect day out, where the white sandy beaches are filled with stylish wicker beach chairs. The most noteworthy attractions nearby Lubeck are shown below.

Photo showing Hamburg's Alster Arcades


A notable city with a population of more than 1.5 million, the city of Hamburg stands around 64 km / 40 miles south-west of Lubeck and offers many appealing attractions, making this the perfect day out. Highlights include boating on the breathtaking Alster lakes and Speicherstadt canals, bar hopping along the Reeperbahn stretch, shopping at the lively Fischmarkt on Sunday mornings, and various walking tours, which pass the many sights around the St. Pauli, the Altstadt, Neustadt and Merchant's district. Historically, much of Hamburg has been shaped by the Alster, Bille and Elbe rivers, which have become an important part of the local scenery.

Picture showing the castle at Ahrensburg


Located around 46 km / 29 miles south-west of Lubeck, Ahrensburg is home to around 35,000 inhabitants and offers plenty of interest. The town's main attractions include a beautiful Renaissance-style castle, which dates back to the end of the 16th century and features its own church and Almshouses. Ahrensburg is considered to be part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and is part of the Stormarn district.

View of Ratzeburg


Surrounded by a number of lakes and just 30 km / 19 miles south of Lubeck, the town of Ratzeburg is steeped in history, being founded during the 11th century. With a population of around 15,000 locals, the town of Ratzeburg features many old and charming buildings, of which the 12th-century Ratzeburg Cathedral is amongst the most eye-catching, being known for its enormous pipe organ and Romanesque-style architecture.

Picture of the Travemunde beachfront


An outlying northerly suburb of Lubeck, Travemunde has become a tourist destination in its own right and stands next to Lubeck Bay and the Trave River. A 200-year-old seaside resort with a number of fine sandy beach areas, a prominent casino and the country's biggest ferry port, where many cruise liners regularly dock, other attractions within Travemunde include the four-masted Barque Passat sailing ship, and the popular 'Travemünder Woche' sailing week each July, which regularly attracts almost 1,000 boats. Also worth a visit and close to both Travemunde and Lubeck is the nearby Hansapark seaside amusement park, which is full of family attractions and can be found in the Sierksdorf area, next to the Baltic coastline.