Town in sight

Discover the UNESCO Heritage Site

From the resort to the Old Town of Lübeck

Did you know that Travemünde has 13 museums? Not possible? It’s true when you remember that Travemünde is part of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. The Old Town, awarded the accolade of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is just waiting for your visit. The trip to Lübeck is particularly relaxing on the water. An exciting mix of impressions awaits you on the banks of the river: modern harbour facilities, the nature conservation area around Dummersdorfer Ufer and the fishing village of Gothmund. Alternatively, you can of course get to Lübeck by car or train. Right away, you’ll find yourself in the lively bustle of the Old Town. Here you will find museums closely associated with the history of the town and its prominent personalities, the unique brick architecture of the imposing Old Town churches and many small, green oases off the beaten track in the alleys and courtyards. Take a wander through these idyllic Lübeck alleys! You should plan a few breaks as Lübeck also has plenty to offer when it comes to cuisine – take a look at our restaurant tips.

When I see the seven towers, I know that I've arrived.

Kristina M., passionate Lübeck resident

© Johannes Berger

Trip up the river to Lübeck on the MS Hanse

The panoramic pleasure ship “MS Hanse” travels along the Trave from Travemünde to Lübeck and back. Firstly, it passes Scandinavia Quay – Germany’s largest ferry port in the Baltic Sea. Up to 80 departures to 20 partner harbours all round the Baltic Sea are handled at the various terminals every week. The green, wooded nature conservation area of Dummersdorfer Ufer directly adjoins the harbour complex. Here the Trave runs right along the former inner-German border. The opposite bank is already part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The journey takes you past Herrenwyk. Into the 1990s, this part of Lübeck was dominated by the blast furnace, the Flender shipyards in neighbouring Siems and the fishing industry. You continue towards the Hanseatic city and pass the 900 year-old fishing village of Gothmund. You glide past the green bank of Schellbruch and as you’re looking at the port facilities and industrial complexes that follow, you notice that you are very close to Lübeck’s Old Town.  After the ship has passed the Eric-Warburg bridge, Lübeck’s magnificent Old Town heaves into view. What must sailors have felt centuries ago when they glimpsed those impressive brick church spires after months at sea in the Baltic?  Probably much the same as you feel today. Lübeck’s silhouette captivates you. You can’t resist it!

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