Climate friendly travel
By train and without traffic jams comfortably to Lübeck.
This old town is full of temptations - ranging from sweets like Lübeck's famous marzipan to veritable brick Gothic buildings and the maritime touch that awaits visitors at every turn.
The Baltic Sea stretches its arms far into Lübeck - ships have always sailed along the Untertrave into the heart of the old Hanseatic city, although today only smaller ones do so; the larger ferries anchor at the Skandinavienkai in Lübeck's seaside resort of Travemünde. In the area of Holstenhafen in the middle of the city it is still very maritime, here are yachts and barges and several historic ships. The old Hanseatic city once became rich through maritime trade - many traces of this can still be seen today.
First and foremost the Holsten GateThe red building is a landmark and a proud symbol of Lübeck's history as a free city. The striking red building, which once adorned the 50-mark bill, is the most important entrance portal into the old town; from the main train station, you practically walk through it. And the famous architectural monument is also worth an extensive visit in its own right. Today, it houses a museum with great collections - exhibitions such as "The Power of Trade" bring visitors closer to the history of the Hanseatic city with historical ship models, armor and merchandise.
In the winding streets and alleys of the old town this history can be felt at every turn - the entire medieval center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Decisive for this were, among other things, the original historical building fabric as well as the striking and unmistakable city silhouette with the seven towers of the churches. The mighty Romanesque cathedral, St. Jakobi as the church of the seafarers and St. Marien as one of the largest brick churches in the Baltic region are only three of them. The town hall from 1225 is also one of the most beautiful buildings of the brick Gothic.
And what else? Great collections, for example on the lives and works of the three Lübeck Nobel Prize winners Thomas Mann, Günter Grass and Willy Brandt. A stop at the Niederegger Café and Museum will tempt you to enjoy the fine confectionery that was once invented here. Or how about a trip to the seaside resort of Travemünde, "Lübeck's most beautiful daughter," 25 kilometers to the northeast - you can even go there in style by boat from the center.
By the way, you can find tips on how to travel comfortably and inexpensively on long-distance and local trains with Deutsche Bahn here.
Cover photo: View of the Trave River and Lübeck's Old Town with the Cathedral and St. Mary's Church © Lübeck und Travemünde Marketing GmbH
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