The city of Lübeck

Lübeck old town, brick building and church

The Hanseatic city of Lübeck is also known as the “city of the seven towers” and  the “gateway to the north”. The Holstentor gate, one of the many sights to see, is the symbol of the old city, which was founded in 1143.

The city centre lies mainly on the island that divides the rivers Trave and Wakenitz. It spans some 2km from north to south and 1km from east to west and can be comfortably explored on foot. UNESCO declared the medieval city island a World Cultural Heritage site in 1987. This was the first time an entire old town in Northern Europe had received such a distinction.

Lübeck is a vibrant city with many interesting events taking place. It also enjoys an excellent reputation as a city of music, due in no small part to the fact that it is home to the annual Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lübeck College of Music, the only such college in Schleswig-Holstein. The “Nordic Film Festival” is another cultural highlight. Lübeck’s museums attract exhibitions of the highest quality and include the famous Saint Annen Museum, which is housed in a former 16th century Augustinian convent.

Lübeck lies on the lower River Trave, which flows into the Baltic Sea at Travemunde, some 17 km downstream from Lübeck’s old city. The port of Lübeck is Germany’s largest Baltic port, linking the city to Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic states. All of which make Lübeck a city that is well worth an extended stay.