Lübeck is the second largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It was for several centuries the "capital" of the Hanseatic League ("Queen of the Hanse") and because of its Brick Gothic architectural heritage is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
The historic city of Lübeck, where you will find numerous hotels as well as manifold art treasures, is completely surrounded by water.
While staying at a hotel in Lübeck, you should visit the city’s harbour, which, being the largest harbour at the Baltic Sea, offers regular ferry services to Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. The Holstentor (Holsten Gate), a late Brick Gothic city gate and the town’s landmark, will render an impressive view during your stay at a hotel in the western part of Lübeck.
Near your Lübeck hotel you will see the church Marienkirche, one of the most significant brick-buildings in Northern Germany, which houses an altar that was built in 1512 in honour to Saint Mary. You will also have a choice of nice hotels in the north eastern part of Lübeck’s city centre. Only a few steps away you will come across the Buddenbrockhaus, once owned by writer Thomas Mann and now housing a museum dealing with the work of this renowned German man of letters.
While staying in a Lübeck hotel for a short trip, we recommend you to see the town’s cathedral, which Henry the Lion had erected in the 12th century. Another interesting sight you should not miss during your stay at a Lübeck hotel is the Heilig-Geist-Hospital ((Hospital of the Holy Spirit), one of Germany’s best preserved mediaeval buildings. As soon as you are leaving your hotel, you will come across a large number of shops offering Lübeck marzipan, which has been produced in Lübeck since the 16th century.
Lübeck is being traversed by well-organised bus lines that can be identified by their colour. Lübeck’s largest enterprises are Drägerwerk AG, a producer of breathing protection equipment, service supplier Bockholdt and marzipan producer Niederegger.
Total population: 211,213 (December 2006)
Postal codes: 23 501 - 570