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Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, was one of the great mercantile cities in the Middle Ages. Nowadays it offers what guests search for: a town small enough to be diverting, history to learn and a seaside for relaxing hours. The first impression is of soothing harmony. The width of the streets, the height of the roofs, and the length of time it takes to stroll across the market place have the right pro-portion. Since the 13th century the “city of seven spires” has been depicted with the same skyline of green-clad belfries rising above the red-tiled roofs. Lübeck always was rather special: Queen of the Hanseatic trading league for 500 years, and today the gate to the Baltic Sea, to Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. Founded in 1143 by Adolf von Schauenburg and revived in 1157 by Heinrich "The Lion", it was declared to be a self-governing imperial city back in 1226 by Kaiser Friedrich II, and retained this status right up until 1937. The Second World War left deep wounds. But the literal hanseatic frame of mind of the city's citizens has made it possible to restore the 7 famous spires, many merchants' houses, alleys, courtyards and cloisters. And Lübeck’s characteristic feature is water. The Old Town island, surrounded by the river Trave and the canal, today still communicates the charm and cosmopolitan approach of a port. Both the city ports and Europe's largest ferry terminal in Lübeck-Travemünde clearly demonstrate that time has not stood still here. Trave-münde is one of the most beautiful and most appealing sea resorts of Europe which already in 1802 transformed the former fishing- and sailor village into a top address for bathers from near and far. With a stroll over the boulevard of the historical boardwalk, the fascinating sailing Old-timer “Passat”, chugging deep-sea fishing boats and gigantic ferryboats can be admired on the Baltic Sea very close to. The fine sandy beach with its 4,5 kilometres longitude from the Priwall up to the Brodten steep coast invites to an easygoing swim- and sunbath fun.
Tucked away behind the tall, steep-roofed and closely-packed houses built by prosperous merchants, lie tiny workers’ cottages in a thread of narrow passageways. Meander among the ‘roses round the door’ almshouses of Glockengießerstraße, and behind the An der Obertrave quay, to discover hidden oases of pretty streets and enchanting courtyards. Cross bridges or take a river cruise for endless eye-catching views.
Lübeck by boat

Lübeck by boat

Take a relaxing boat tour along the small canals and waterways and experience Lübeck from a different angle. -City-Schifffahrt- Departure: at "An der Obertrave"(next to the Music and Congress Centre) and from two piers located at "An der Untertrave" March-April and October: daily 11.00 am, 12.30 am, 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm May - September: daily 10.00 am, 11.30 am, 1.00 pm, 2.30 pm, 4.00 pm, 5.30 p.m. Phone: +494512963424 fax: +494513002820 -Quandt Linie Lübeck- Departure: from "Holstentorterrassen" (an der Overtrave) quay and Wallhalbinsel (next to the Music and Conress Centre): All year (except during ice drifts) daily from May – October 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, every half an hour, during low season at reduced times. Phone: +4945177799 or 73884 Fax: +4945178439 -Stühff - Lübecker Barkassenfahrt- Departure: at An der Obertrave 15a all-season, daily: 10.00 am – 5.30 pm, every 90 minutes, during low season at reduced times Phone: +494517078222 Fax: +494512038441 Tour from Lübeck to Travemünde -Könemann Schifffahrt GmbH- Departure: from Drehbrücke quay (at Untertrave) to Travemünde Vorderreihe, daily: from April –October16th: 9.30 am and 2.00 pm from July 1st until September 30th also at 6.15 pm Tour: 105 min. phone: +494512801635 fax: +494512909188 Hanse Fahrt Departure: from Untertrave Hansemuseum to Travemünde Kaiserbrücke, all-season, daily: 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm Tour: 90 min. Phone: +4901635475773 Book the tickets for MS Hanse here:

If you want to escape from the crowded touristy places and just enjoy some calm, relaxed moments, Lübeck offers you many possibilities to do that.
Being so close to the coast, fish features strongly on Lübeck menus. Cod in mustard sauce is a speciality and plaice is popular, as are tiny brown Baltic shrimps and herrings in many guises. In spring, feast on fresh asparagus. Rote Grütze, a compote of red fruits served with vanilla ice cream, is the favoured dessert. Do try Lübecker Rotspon, a red wine imported young from France, aged and mellowed in oak casks in Lübeck. Historic merchants’ houses provide the setting for some of the most memorable meals, and on warm summer nights it’s pleasantly relaxing to eat in restaurants with courtyards and gardens.
After an exciting day with tourist attractions and shopping there´s definitely nothing better than relaxing with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. There are some cafés that offer amazing sea view where you can sit down and watch the world go by.
Lübeck’s bars range from the traditional bierkeller to the trendy Italian-style café-bars that serve up coffee and food all day and in the evening take on a complete change of atmosphere, becoming lively bars, often with DJ’s or live music. Most close around 1 am, some stay open until 3 am on Saturday nights. In summer, people flock to the Strandsalon (Beach Club) at the tip of the Wallhalbinsel peninsula for music, films and cocktails. The weekend starts on Thursday, a popular night out for locals as they warm up for serious Friday and Saturday partying. Theme nights ensure that there’s always a good variety of music styles, and summer brings beach parties and rock and pop festivals around Media-Docks. Mühlenstrasse is a good for bar-hopping – the ‘in’ place is a multi-storey car park. Clubs open from around 10 pm until 2 am, 3 am, or later.
Lübeck is famous for marzipan, and Café Niederegger on Breite Straße is the place to buy it – in 300 varieties! Beautifully packaged it makes delicious gifts. Take a look at the life-sized marzipan figures in the Marzipan Salon while you’re there. From the Town Hall, the busy town centre shopping streets are pedestrianised. There’s a wealth of individually-owned shops on Hüxstraße and Fleischhauerstraße, two of the city’s most attractive shopping streets. These, and other side streets leading off the pedestrian precinct, are the place to look for designer fashion, accessories and jewellery.


Königstraße lies parallel to the pedestrian area of Breite Straße. Culture meets trade here and modern hustle and bustle meets historic façades. Shopping, suppliers replenishing stocks mingled with busy Lübeckers on the way to their next appointment - it all goes on here. When you shop here, you are right in the thick of true Lübeck everyday life. Mühlenstraße and Koberg are connected by the long shopping mile but it also has many other different guises. Real treasure troves such as Boutique Geoffreys, the furniture shop Gunilla or the goldsmiths "das kleine kra" sit like small pearls dotted along a chain of everyday use. But differences exist here too. Even if you're just really looking for a nice birthday card, you'll often end up in the in-house gallery at Hünicke again, or looking for a few new towels in Betten Struve with its spacious and light-filled premises. It all can turn into a relaxing time-out away from the bustling crowded streets. A real Must for any Lübecker is a quick detour into Buchhaus Hugendubel. You'll find that the contents of many a Lübecker's entire living room bookcase - spanning pre-school reading to the first romantic novel up to current political biographies - all came from here. If from here you go towards Koberg, you will be getting closer to some of the top artistic addresses in Königstraße. One of these is the Löwen Apotheke with its listed façade and magical conversions in its interior. But it is in the Kunsthaus Lübeck with selected works of Classical Modern and contemporary art where it all really comes together. And when strolling through the exhibitions in the Behnhouse diagonally opposite, you can quite well imagine how a time-honoured Lübeck merchant must have felt in his own home. After so many impressions, a little light refreshment sounds good. Pop into one of the small side streets such as Pfaffenstraße or Glockengießerstraße for this. You'll find the the Günter Grass-House there too, by the way, as well as the Chocolaterie Amaro - two of Lübeck's finest Old Town tips!

Rotspon - Red wine from Lübeck

Rotspon - Red wine from Lübeck

The beginning of the red wine trade in Lübeck dates back to the 13th century. At that time the first ships of the Hanseatic League sailed to the French coast in order to buy Bordeaux wine. However it was no sooner then 1530 that the red wine trade became important for Lübeck, because back than Thomas Bugenhagen was the first merchant who imported larger quantities of French red wine. He is said to have ordered his cellar master to allow the wine to mature so that its good properties may fully develop and turn the drinker into a happy and sociable person instead of a loud and boisterous one. Since that time French red wine is brought to Lübeck to get “refined and cultivated”. The surprising improvement of quality as a consequence of the storage in Lübeck’s wine cellars was first perceived in 1806 by French officers. After Napoleon’s army had occupied the city of Lübeck, the officers noticed that the Bordeaux-wines stored in Lübeck’s wine-cellars tasted much better than the Bordeaux-wines at home. Back home they started to investigate the “Bordeaux-wine case” thoroughly. They filled several wine-casks at Bordeaux, all of them with the same wine. Some of those casks were left in Bordeaux and the others were brought to Lübeck to store them. After an adequate period of time for maturing and storage a tasting of both wines showed that the French officers were right. But even until now an explanation could not be found. It may be the climate in Lübeck in connection with the temperature in Lübeck’s wine-cellars that has a better effect on the wine than that in Bordeaux. Rotspon originally meant red-wine being stored in a wooden cask. Until today “Lübecker Rotspon” stands for high quality wine - and it has the same good reputation as the famous marzipan. Wine tasting in Lübeck There are different wine-trading companies with a rich history. Two of them are indicated below. In their historic stores in Lübeck’s Old Town they offer wine tasting evening events. The wine-tasting events cover topics such as Wine & chocolate, Wine & cheese and they present wines from different wine-growing regions of the world. For groups these wine-tasting offers can be booked on request. H.F. von Melle Beckergrube 86 23552 Lübeck Phone: +49 (0) 451 - 710 50 Web: E-Mail: [email protected] CARL TESDORPF Mengstraße 64 23552 Lübeck Phone: +49 (0) 451 - 79 92 70 Web: E-Mail: [email protected]

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