Things to do in Luebeck

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Museum Holstentor which includes heritage architecture and wild flowers as well as a small group of people

Luebeck Attractions

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Places of interest in Luebeck

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Luebeck attractions

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1. European Hansemuseum

Retrace the activities of medieval merchants and seafarers at the European Hansemuseum (Europäisches Hansemuseum). This museum celebrates the Hanseatic League, which was a confederation of European merchant communities that flourished in 16 countries and almost 200 cities from the 1200s to 1600s. The European Hansemuseum opened in 2015 and was a nominee for the 2017 European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA). It stands in a modern building that incorporates part of a 13th-century Dominican friary situated on Luebeck’s ancient castle hill.
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Delve into the remarkable merchant and maritime history of the Hanseatic League via hands-on exhibits and recreations of typical trading deals. 

2. Museum Holstentor

Feel transported back in time by starting your Luebeck visit at the Museum Holstentor, located in a 15th-century gate. Admire its peaked roofs and distinctive terracotta striping. Enter to find the former headquarters of the city’s guards, now serving as a city museum filled with historical artifacts.
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Once Luebeck’s first line of defense against attackers, this landmark is now famous for its distinctive architecture and local history museum.

3. Luebeck Town Hall

The Rathaus (Town Hall) is the historic seat of the Hanseatic League and a present-day administrative headquarters. Visit this medieval landmark to admire the extravagance of its exterior, wander between its rooms and visit fairs held on its marketplace. The Rathaus originated around 1230, when three gabled houses were erected on the square. It was remodeled regularly up until the 19th century, destroyed by bombings in 1942 and rebuilt in the 1950s.
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Inspect the mishmash of architectural styles of this town hall and join a guided tour to visit some of its elegantly decorated halls.

4. Burgtor

Burgtor (Castle Gate) is a magnificent introduction to the architectural heritage of Luebeck. It is a great place to start a walking tour of the well-preserved Gothic landmarks in the UNESCO-protected Luebeck Old Town. Admire the intimidating presence of Burgtor, discover its artistic features and browse exhibits that explain its historical importance.
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Built as part of the medieval defensive system, this grandiose tower has also been the private residence of notable city residents. 

5. Old Lighthouse Travemuende

Discover the seafaring stories of Travemuende’s Old Lighthouse (Alter Leuchtturm), one of the country’s oldest beacons. Dating back to the 16th century, this round brick tower has been a familiar sight on Travemuende’s Bay of Luebeck coastline. Spend some time admiring the grand old lighthouse’s charming architecture then step inside to explore the museum.
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One of the oldest lighthouses on the German Baltic coast is a red-brick beauty containing a maritime history museum and a viewing platform with a panoramic outlook.

6. Willy-Brandt-House Luebeck

Willy Brandt House takes visitors on an informative journey through 20th-century German history via interactive exhibits, multimedia installations and original artifacts. It has a primary focus on the Luebeck local Willy Brandt, who went on to become the Chancellor of Germany and a 1971 Nobel Prize laureate. The Willy Brandt Museum is designed to serve as an educational tool for visitors of all ages.
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Discover the life of a respected Luebeck-born political figure and the one-time winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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