Address: Upper Trave 14, 23552 Lübeck
Phone: +49 (0) 4 51/7 07 82 22
Hours: Departs every 1 ½ hours from 10Am – 5:30PM in peak season, June-August. Reduced hours in off-season.
Website: http://www.luebecker-barkassenfahrt.de/ (You’ll want to use a translator)
Admission: Adults 11 Euros, Seniors 10, Children 12-18 are 9 Euros, Children Under 12 are 6 Euros.
The historic city of Lübeck is filled with breathtaking medieval architecture and old brick buildings built by seafaring merchants. Once known as the “Queen of the Hanse” this was the richest city on the Baltic Sea. Fortunately the old town is located on an island and so a boat tour creates an ideal way to take in the gorgeous scenery all at once. This particular company features historic barges meant to simulate the experience of shipping vessels; allowing you to feel as the original merchants did as you drift along the coastal mix of new and old that makes Lübeck so charming. The guided tour will help identify sights to see later in the day.
ALSO: As a bonus, be sure to make time before or after your cruise to take in the nearby “Love Bridge” which overlooks the spot where the boat takes off. This pedestrian bridge is adorned with colorful locks containing notes from couples. If you like, buy one for yourself on Upper Trave 13 and leave a bit of you and your love in Lübeck.
Address: Holstentor Platz, 23552 Lübeck, Germany
Phone: +49 451 1224129
Hours: Daily 11AM – 5PM
Website: http://die-luebecker-museen.de/ (You’ll want to use a translator)
Admission: Adults are 6 Euros, Children 6-18 are 2 Euros, Children under 6 are free. Family rate is 13 Euros for 2 adults and children. Additional charge for some special exhibits/guided tours.
Commonly known as Holstentor, the “Holsten Tor” or Holsten Gate is one of the most impressive sights in the city. Once the gate to the city, this terrific example of medieval architecture is both a page out of history and a truly impressive sight for a family photo. The accompanying museum covers the history of the Hanseatic League and the medieval period. The museum is very family-friendly and has exciting things for kids to participate in. Barrels of “trade goods” reveal detailed information in an interactive and engaging fashion Kids will enjoy having something to do while adults will learn a lot about the history of merchant trade and the historical roots of our current practices. Whether the two lions outside or the collection of historic model ships, suits of armour, weapons, and merchandise inside the most recognizable building in all of Germany is sure to have something to impress everyone.
One great thing about Lübeck is that the city’s size makes it a very walkable destination. The Old Town especially is very compact and on foot you can take your time soaking in the architecture and feel of this city. Walking maps are available to help identify sights and give background information. Take your time strolling down the streets and pop into one of many shops specializing in marzipan. This sweet almond-based confection was invented here in the 15th century as a love potion. Many claim that no one does it better than the people of Lübeck and it is worth stopping for a midday treat.
Address: Am Petrikirchhof 1, 23552 Lubeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Phone: +49(0)451 3977320
Hours: Daily from 10AM -9PM during summer, closes at 7PM in off season.
Website: http://www.st-petri-luebeck.de/ (You’ll want to use a translator)
Admission: Adults are 3 Euros, Children and Students are 2. A family ticket can be purchased for 6 Euros which includes two adults and two children, with additional children for 1.50 Euros each.
This beautiful and historic church is among the tallest in the world. It is also the ideal place to take in Lübeck. The ground floor hosts a number of concerts and performances each year, and rather than functioning as a house of worship it is primarily used as an art gallery today. Featuring statues by the German sculptor Hans Scheib with mythological and social undertones as well as paintings and collages by Robert Weber. The real gem however is at the top of the building. 50 meters up on the observation deck you will get the best views in all of Lübeck. There is great picture taking and stunning panoramas. Families with smaller children need not worry about the distance, whereas many such vistas are accessible only by climbing, Saint Peter’s has a lift that will carry you all effortlessly to the top and back down.
For this itinerary it is worth listing a couple options for the remainder of the day. After canal tours and a bit of walking, followed by the view from St. Peter’s you’ll have a pretty good lay of the land.
The family who craves history can travel on to a number of destinations including the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Willy-Brandt Haus, Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, Lubeck Cathedral, the Theaterfigurenmuseum and the Seafarer’s Guild which now doubles as a restaurant. These are just a few of the many great and walkable sights to enjoy in Lübeck. Having seen several from one of the other locations, grab a map and choose what interests your family.
Alternatively you may just be in the mood to relax. In that case, head over to Travemunde. This is the harbor of Lübeck, accessible by car or ferry. It has some nice shops and cafes as well as gorgeous beaches. Be warned there is not much else to do there. This is the pace to go if you want to take it easy, bathe in the baltic and relax on a sandy beach.