Study beautiful medieval churches, wander down narrow streets in the old town and visit its many museums to learn about the history of this charming city.

Luebeck is an old city in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Its medieval history has been preserved in beautiful churches and other architectural structures. Visit a famous 15th-century city gate or admire historic buildings. The city is great for outdoor activities, such as cycling, fishing, hot air ballooning and skydiving.

Shop for hand-made jewelry, accessories and handicrafts in a local workshop or explore museums and galleries to learn about Luebeck’s history. Luebeck is a famous leading city of the Hanseatic League, a defensive and commercial confederation of merchant guilds and market towns. With many excellent cafés and restaurants in the old town, Luebeck is great for relaxing.

Holsten Gate is one of the city’s most recognizable structures. The famous city gate was built in the mid-15th century and based on Dutch models. Notice the sunken south tower and unusual leaning angle of the gate. The structural oddity is due to the foundations sinking in the marshy ground. Stop at Holsten Gate Museum to learn more about Holsten Gate and the Hanseatic League.

St Mary’s is one of Germany’s largest churches. The striking building in the old town features Gothic brick architecture and exceptional artworks. Tour the church’s interior to see the wonderful altar, the high choir and the organ. Luebeck features several other old churches, including St Peter’s, St Jacob’s and Luebeck Cathedral.

Stop at the Museum of Natural History and the Environment to see displays on the region’s plants and animals. The museum has an impressive skeleton of a sperm whale, measuring about 46 feet (14 meters) long. Luebeck also features other notable museums and art galleries, including a fascinating theater puppet museum, called TheaterFigurenMuseum.

Discover Luebeck in the state of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany. The historic city is about 190 miles (300 kilometers) from Berlin. Stay in comfortable accommodations, including luxurious hotels, self-catered apartments and vacation homes.

Visit Luebeck for spectacular medieval architecture, excellent museums and cafés with pretty courtyards.

Where to stay in Luebeck

Lubeck City Centre
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Lubeck City Centre

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Monuments

4/5(18 reviews)

Lubeck City Centre is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Museum Holstentor and Luebeck Town Hall.

Luebeck Old Town
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Luebeck Old Town

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Monuments

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Church spires soar high above centuries-old merchant houses, which themselves house cafés, museums and shops, in this historic island district. 

St. Lorenz Nord
St. Lorenz Nord, Luebeck, Germany

St. Lorenz Nord

Known for Walking, Cocktails, Swimming

You'll appreciate the historic sites during your time in St. Lorenz Nord and you might want to plan a stop by Nature Reserve Wakenitz and Museum Holstentor while you're in the area.

St Lorenz
St Lorenz, Germany

St Lorenz

Known for Walking, Historical Buildings, Friendly People

4/5(1 review)

Visitors to St Lorenz appreciate its historic sites. A visit to Museum Holstentor and St. Mary's Church might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

Top Hotels in Luebeck

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Lübeck
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Lübeck
4 out of 5
Bei der Lohmuhle 27, Luebeck, SH
¥8,637
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Located in Lubeck City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seafarer's Guild, St. Jakobi Church, and Museum Holstentor. Holy Spirit Hospital and Salt ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,337 reviews)

"Hotel very clean, staff really friendly, of putting breakfast really good but to expensive €14.50 each could get a proper meal for that price."…"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Lübeck
Viva Hotel Lübeck
Viva Hotel Lübeck
2.5 out of 5
Bei der Lohmühle 25, Luebeck
¥6,591
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Located in Lubeck City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seafarer's Guild, St. Jakobi Church, and Museum Holstentor. Holy Spirit Hospital and Salt ...

3.9/5Very Good! (372 reviews)
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"We went for the football at VfB Lubecks ground and the hotel was situated about 500 yards from it. Its a bit of walk from the town centre, 20 minutes but is also situated well for food outlets in need."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Viva Hotel Lübeck
Radisson Blu Senator Hotel
Radisson Blu Senator Hotel
5 out of 5
Willy-Brandt-Allee 6, Luebeck, SH
¥13,991
per night
Nov 19 - Nov 20

This family-friendly Luebeck hotel is located on a river, within a 10-minute walk of Museum Holstentor, Luebeck Town Hall, and St. Mary's Church. Buddenbrooks ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,192 reviews)

"Beautiful window over the river looking at the twin steeple church in the old city. (One of the many churches.)"…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Radisson Blu Senator Hotel

Popular things to do in Luebeck

Museum Holstentor
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Museum Holstentor

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Once Luebeck’s first line of defense against attackers, this landmark is now famous for its distinctive architecture and local history museum.

St. Mary's Church
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St. Mary's Church

4.5/5(8 reviews)

An austere façade, elaborate interior and interesting history make this one of the most rewarding churches to visit in Luebeck Old Town.

Burgtor
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Burgtor

5/5(5 reviews)

Built as part of the medieval defensive system, this grandiose tower has also been the private residence of notable city residents. 

Old Lighthouse Travemuende
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Old Lighthouse Travemuende

5/5(1 review)

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.

Luebeck Town Hall
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Luebeck Town Hall

5/5(2 reviews)

Inspect the mishmash of architectural styles of this town hall and join a guided tour to visit some of its elegantly decorated halls.

Gothmund
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Gothmund

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Gothmund in St. Gertrud. Amble around the area's waterfront or visit its aquarium.

Reviews of Luebeck

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Aug 3, 2019

Beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

Doris

Jul 14, 2019

Definitely worth a visit. Didn't have enough time at this trip - will return to explore more.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 27, 2019

I have a great aunt who lives here, so i have been a few times. It is a wonderful city with deep history and great opportunities for walking through time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2019

Beautiful city to explore and enjoy. Lots of history and interesting landmarks.