Lübeck - Queen of the Hanseatic League
Lübeck (in transcription: Luebeck) is a city in northern Germany, in Schleswig-Holstein state. Situated on the border to the Baltic Sea coast and being Germany's largest port here, for 500 years Lübeck ruled the Hanseatic League. Today, the main attraction is the medieval town (Altstadt) which had been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The old town is located on an egg-shaped island surrounded by the water ramparts of the river Trave and the city moat. With its many rare buildings in almost all styles, is a joy for those interested in architecture. Holstentor and the Salzspeicher (salt warehouses) nearby are probably the most famous sights.
Lubeck is also known for being home town to Nobel Prize winners: Thomas Man and Willy Brandt. Also Gunter Grass, the Nobel Prize winner in Literature, has chosen the city for his residence.
Have a stroll, or a boat tour, around the city and enjoy the atmosphere, which has little to do with what some of us can remember from the Werner Herzog´s remake of Nosferatu movie. The vampire film was namely shot here. Take a pause and try Lubeck´s famous marzipan – in the Café Niederegger for instance, or eat first, preferably in the elegant restaurant Wullenwever. And Have a glas of Rotspon - a Bordeaux wine refined and praised here.
A half-an-hour trip by train or car from Hamburg. Direct trains go also to Kiel and to Copenhagen, Denmark. Fferry from Scanidinavia to nearby Travemünde. (then by train or bus).
Leubeck's airport is situated several km from the city and has bus connections to the city centre. Ryanair and Wizzair fly their passengers here from the UK, Sweden, Poland, Spain, and Italy.
Climate & weather
This part of Germany has temperate climate with varying temperatures – in average 18°C/64°F during summer, and between 1-9°C/34-48°F in winter. Rain is likely all year round.
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+1. Daytime saving time (DST) is observed.
Currency: Euro (EUR, €).