Stay at a holiday home in Lübeck, a beautiful Medieval city of trade!
Lübeck is a beautiful and historical city located just north of Hamburg and just west of Wismar. Known for its Medieval architecture and iconic churches and serving as a link to the Baltic Sea, Lübeck is one of the most iconic Hanseatic cities and makes a fantastic destination for your holiday.
Lübeck’s old city is one of the most picturesque city centres in Germany, offering a mixture of different Medieval and Gothic architectural styles which are to be found alongside one another. The city’s churches show a restrained yet attractive style of décor, typical of Lutheran churches in the North but a particular highlight is St Mary’s right in the heart of the city centre and noted for its magnificent organs. The Holsten Gate is an outstanding building, highlighting just how wealthy this city was in the past due to its trading and is the recognized symbol of the city.
The streets of Lübeck are as charming as they are diverse and despite heavy bombing during the second world war, their UNESCO protected status shows just how well regarded this petite city is as a place of beauty and history. German chancellor Willy Brandt was also born here and the museum dedicated to him an insight into the process of Ostpolitik and bridging the gaps created by the Iron Curtain and division of Germany in the post second world war period. Lübeck had an awkward geographical location lying so close to the east German border and was shaped by this in the post war period and the Museum reflects this in an engaging manner.
Lübeck’s location make it a fantastic place base yourself and as it is still only an hour from Hamburg, a trip to Germany’s second largest city is well worth considering. Just East of the old border you can find the Mecklenburg Lake District region which features the largest concentration of rivers and lakes in the whole of Germany. If you want to stay more local, there are over 40 lakes around Lübeck and the largest Ratzeburg and Schaalsee offer a mixture of deep forests and diverse wildlife, while the former also being one of the few places in Central Europe where the rare European bison still roam freely. An excursion to the coast is also highly recommended during your stay and Travemünde makes a great day trip, showing that the North German coastline has much to offer and is in many ways comparable to the most attractive of seaside regions in South West England.
Rich in History, rich in taste.
Lübeck’s main claim to fame is the rich variety of Marzipan available and whether or not it or Persia is the authentic home of the produce, the Marzipan of Lübeck is part of the city’s identity and owing to strong competition among the makers, their produce is renowned for its rich and delicate taste thanks to the relatively low sugar content. Rotspock wine is also produced in Lübeck and its rich taste owes to the aging that is key to the manufacturing process. Owing to the nearby vicinity of the Baltic Sea, Cod, Plaice and Herrings are local delicacies with their individual method of preparation, from mustard sauce to marinade and frying. Owing to Lübeck’s history as a trading City, the cuisine here is diverse and has an unexpected adventurousness that you wouldn’t necessarily equate with Northern German cuisine. The Brauberger brewery is one of the last remaining local breweries that Lübeck was once famous for in centuries past and has a refreshing taste somewhere between a German pils and an English ale. Lübeck is one of Germany’s most idyllic cities and will provide you with an authentic experience of Northern Germany.