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Lübeck: Historical Tour in the Footsteps of the Hansa

1. Lübeck: Historical Tour in the Footsteps of the Hansa

Immerse yourself in the history of the Hanseatic League in beautiful Lübeck and discover the old town with its narrow alleys and typical stepped gables. Learn how the Hanseatic League grew from a connection of merchant guilds to a confederation of cities, which in its heyday included about 300 maritime and inland cities in Northern Europe from Riga to Bruges.  Start at the historic Holstentor, one of four city fortification gates at this wall passage alone. Stroll past the salt storehouses and the Trave Harbour. Go through the Große Petersgrube, one of Lübeck's oldest streets with beautiful old brick and stepped-gable buildings. See St. Mary's Church, which was the model for numerous churches in the Hanseatic cities in the Baltic region. Passing by the Buddenbrook House of the Mann family, you'll finally reach the venerable Schiffergesellschaft guild hall, where the sailors of the Hanseatic League used to stop by. The tour ends at the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, one of the oldest social institutions of Lübeck, where you can take a look into one or two romantic backyards.

Lübeck: Backyards and Town Houses Private Guided Tour

2. Lübeck: Backyards and Town Houses Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Holsten Gate then head out onto the streets of Lübeck for your private, guided tour. Appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site, the city is renowned for its Gothic brick architecture and centuries-old buildings. Stroll through the narrow streets, past romantic houses, and local craft stalls as you discover the beautiful old town of Lübeck. Admire the typical architecture of this Hanseatic city displayed through the array of house signs and gables. Follow your guide through small courtyards, alleyways, secluded spots, and low passages, listening to fascinating insight into the living conditions of the citizens along the way. Learn about the historical ‘angel pit’, and why it has nothing to do with so-called heavenly messengers, and discover what’s so special about the street lamps in the city. Finally, stroll past the pilgrim church of St. Jakobi before ending the tour at Heiligen-Geist-Hospital to admire its striking little turrets.

Lubeck: Old Town Private Guided Walking Tour and Boat Trip

3. Lubeck: Old Town Private Guided Walking Tour and Boat Trip

Join an experienced local guide on a private walking tour of Lubeck’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise down the canals. . Discover must-see sights like Holsten Gate, Salzspeicher, and many more. Choose the 3-hour option for a 2-hour walking tour of the Old Town. Your private guide will show you the best sights like the iconic Holsten Gate, Salzspeicher, and the Rathaus at the lively Marketplatz. You will also see St Peter’s Church and St. Mary’s Church. The guide will escort you to the pier where you will take a 1-hour cruise down the canals surrounding the Old Town. Hear stories about the history and culture of Lubeck during the tour from your guide. Admire the 7-tower panorama of the Hanseatic city, the romantic salmon row, the charming Gängeviertel, and the Malerwinkel. See various old townhouses, warehouses, churches, bridges, harbors, and more. Choose the 4-hour option for an extended 3-hour walking tour and boat cruise. See the St Mary’s Church (Marienkirche), and marvel at its unique astronomical clock. The extended itinerary also includes a visit to the Lubeck Cathedral, which houses the famous works of Bernt Notke and Thomas Quellinus. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lubeck while exploring the hidden gems of the city. 

Lübeck from Hamburg 1-Day Private Trip by Train

4. Lübeck from Hamburg 1-Day Private Trip by Train

Take a short train journey from Hamburg to the charismatic Lübeck to experience life in a medieval town, admire the iconic red brick buildings, and discover the most important world heritage sites. Includes round-trip train tickets and Private Guide in Lübeck. Immerse yourself in the history, cultural heritage and legends of medieval Germany! Choose the 6-hour option to discover the highlights of Lübeck, which is less than an hour away from Hamburg. For your convenience, round-trip train tickets are included so you can easily join a Local Guide at the Lübeck’s train station for a walking tour of this historic city. The first major highlight will be the Holsten Gate (Holstentor Museum), a unique Brick Gothic construction of the city’s medieval fortification that houses Lübeck’s history museum. Inside you will find antique ship models, suits of armor, weapons and other artifacts related to commerce, power, and wealth. Walking through the narrow medieval streets of Lübeck’s Old Town, you will quickly get a feeling as if you're lost in time. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Market Square and admire the medieval bricks and towers of St Peter’s Church, St Catherine's Church and St Jacob Church. Learn the fascinating history of the precursor of modern hospitals, the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital. Another point of interest will be the elegant Gothic Church of St Mary. Inside, you will be astonished by the gravity-defying high ceiling, a unique wall clock, and a bell that fell from the tower, hit the floor and was left there for everyone to admire. At the end of sightseeing, your Private Guide will escort you to the train station, where you will board the return train to Hamburg. Choose the 7-hour option to book private car transfers between the train station and your accommodation in Hamburg. This option includes pickup and drop-off in a private vehicle to make it easier for you to get to the station on time for your train. Save time and effort by booking private transport in advance.

Lübeck: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

5. Lübeck: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Holstentor then head out onto the streets of Lübeck for your private, guided tour. Appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site, the city is renowned for its Gothic brick architecture and centuries-old buildings. With your local guide, discover the wonders of Lübeck as you wander through the city’s quaint streets, admiring magnificent church buildings, playfully decorated townhouses, and more. During the tour, learn about Lübeck’s original street system, the artificial expansion of the construction areas in the Middle Ages, sagging houses, modern gable alterations, and Lübeck’s world-famous churches. One of the many highlights of the tour includes a stroll through the town market place, where you can marvel at the town hall and the famous Ratskirche St. Marienchurch. Then, pass through the Baroque Buddenbrockhaus until you reach the Glockengießerstraße, where you can see several passages and courtyards and learn about their history and construction. Visit a local merchant’s house too, and listen to fascinating insight about brick-making and why mastering this craft was so important to Lübeck and it's inhabitants. Last but certainly not least, enjoy a trip to the mighty Holstentor, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Lübeck: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

6. Lübeck: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Start your 2, 3, or 4-hour Lübeck adventure by meeting your local guide at the meeting location. After a short meet-and-greet, set-off on your walking tour through the city whilst your guide regales you with tales of Lübeck's fascinating local history. For all tours, you will visit 16th-century riverside salt warehouses, the Rathaus, Town Hall, and Drehbrücke. Your guide will also introduce you to some of Lübeck's most significant religious destinations such as St Peter's, St Mary's, and St Jakobi Church. On the 3-hour tour, you will enjoy entrance to St. Mary’s Church. Giving you a chance to admire the Astronomical Clock and medieval paintings. Plus, you’ll see the monumental Lübeck Cathedral where you will find amazing chapels and sacral art. If you select the 4-hour tour, you will also visit the Holstentor - the proud symbol of Lübeck’s history as an empire-free city. Learn about the history of the city, its topography, and incredible middle age architecture.

Lubeck:Private Tour of Jewish Lubeck, History and Highlights

7. Lubeck:Private Tour of Jewish Lubeck, History and Highlights

The history of Jews in Lubeck tells the history of antisemitism in Germany before Hitler and World War II. On this original tour you will discover forgotten stories of Jews from the Hanseatic era and learn about the anti-semitic prejudices that led to the”Final Solution” and the Holocaust. Experience Jewish Lubeck! Choose the 2-hour option to explore the highlights of Lubeck’s Old Town with the Jewish History Guide. Most city tours skip on the Jewish history, but it is actually pretty interesting and worth discovering. As an imperial city and capital of the Hanseatic League, Lubeck did not permit Jewish people to reside within its gates, with a few exceptions that you will learn about during the tour. You will see the famous Holstentor gate and the impressive St. Mary’s Church, located within the Hanseatic merchants' district where some Jewish merchants would also come from time to time. Another point of interest will be the Katharineum, where Rabbi Felix F. Carlebach and his son, and some other Jewish students and professors attended. You will also see the only synagogue in the “City of Seven Towers”, and learn about the “Night of the Broken Glass” and the Holocaust. The tour will pass the Museum of St. Anne’s Church, and end in front of the magnificent Lubeck Cathedral. If you wish, you can enter inside and hear its fascinating history from your passionate Private Guide.

From Port of Kiel: Lübeck Private Guided Tour

8. From Port of Kiel: Lübeck Private Guided Tour

Step off the ship and into a private car to the picturesque red-brick city of Lübeck. Let yourself be charmed by a passionate local guide who will take you to all of the city's gems, from the Holsten Gate to the Gothic Basilica of St Mary's Church. The iconic unique and iconic Holsten Gate is one of the most famous landmarks in Northern Europe and a proud symbol of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. Marvel at this spectacular medieval Gothic construction built over half a millennium ago in 1464. From there, marvel at the old salt storehouses, the marketplace, and the imposing Town Hall. See the Gothic Basilica, a veritable model for subsequent red-brick churches in the Baltic Region, which has the tallest brick vault in the world. At the end of the tour, you will have a couple of hours to shop, have lunch and explore further, after which your private driver will whisk you back in comfort to your cruise ship.

Rostock: Day Trip to Lübeck and Private Guided Tour

9. Rostock: Day Trip to Lübeck and Private Guided Tour

Discover the highlights of Lübeck and hear about its fascinating history on this day trip from Rostock. Walk around the Old Town, see top attractions and hidden gems. Enjoy a convenient pick-up from your accommodations in Rostock and embark on a guided tour of picturesque Lübeck. See the towers and gates of the old city walls, including the imposing Holstentor fortified gate. Pass a row of riverside salt warehouses from the XVIth century and learn about the trading history of this merchant city. Admire St. Peter's Church with its stunning tower. Take an elevator to the top for panoramic views of the city. Learn about the fascinating and turbulent history of other local sights, like the Marienkirche. Visit St. Jakobi Church for its marine decorations and impressive organs. See the monumental Luebeck Cathedral and its unique historic clock.

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Our guide, Axel Schattschneider, has really well-founded and comprehensive knowledge of the history, culture, architecture and social development of the city of Lübeck over the course of history. He imparts this knowledge in an understandable, vivid and entertaining way. He was a pleasure to listen to and there was never a dull moment throughout the tour. We learned a lot on this tour and got impressions of Lübeck that we would never have experienced otherwise. Axel was just great.

Carolin proved a great guide! Her commentary was a good blend of interesting and relevant stories and broad historical sweep. We came away with a greater appreciation of Lubeck and its role in world history and commerce.

Interesting tour with many stories about Lübeck and a city tour where you would never go alone! Thanks to our guide Thomas

Very interesting and detailed. Beautiful details and insights into Lübeck.

Thanks for the nice tour guide. All questions were answered very well.