The Hanseatic City of Lübeck was founded more than 850 years ago. Trade in the Middle Ages with other members of the Hanseatic League and the resulting prosperity have left the city rich in monuments. Well preserved and restored churches and guild halls account for one of Germany’s great medieval cities that is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The historic center is a pedestrian zone and closed to vehicular traffic.
Places to visit:
• Historical Museum--Located in the twin-towered Holsten Tor, the exhibits of this small museum provide a useful introduction to the city and its Hanseatic history.
• Petrikirche--You can take an elevator up to the church tower for a good overview of the city.
• Buddenbrook House--Lübeck was the birthplace of Nobel Prize winning author Thomas Mann and the setting of the Buddenbrooks, his first novel.
• Behnhaus and Drägerhaus--The Drägerhaus boasts an impressive interior with 19th-century furniture, paintings and porcelain, as well as a room documenting the two literary stars of Lübeck, Thomas and Heinrich Mann. The Behnhaus displays a good collection of paintings, including works by Kirchner and Munch.
• Jacobikirche--Known as the Sailors’ Church, the building dates from the 13th and 14th centuries and is noted for its Gothic wall paintings.
• Haus der Fischergesellschaft--Owned formerly by the fishermen’s guild, this Renaissance house has been a tavern since 1535 with an interior full of seagoing paraphernalia.