Lübeck Walking tours

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Lübeck: Classic Tour of the Hanseatic City

1. Lübeck: Classic Tour of the Hanseatic City

Discover the Hanseatic city of Lübeck with its unparalleled architecture, especially significant to its appointment as the first German UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. See the unique skyline of Lübeck, decorated with the 5 main churches, the world-famous "Holstentor" (Holsten Gate) and the brick "Kaufmannshäuser" (merchants' houses), all signifiers of the hundred-year-long history of this Baltic Sea city. Hear interesting stories about the history of the city. Begin at the famous Holsten Gate and continue to the "Salzspeicherhäusern," past the former industrial heart of the city, the Port of Lübeck. Continue to the famous town hall with its traditional Hanseatic architecture and history, then to the sweet "Teufelchen" and St. Mary's Church. Conclude the tour with a stroll through the famous streets and the decorated houses at Buddenbrook-Haus.

Lübeck: Historical Tour in the Footsteps of the Hansa

2. 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: Christmas Market and Historical City Tour

3. Lübeck: Christmas Market and Historical City Tour

Visit the Christas capital of the north. Immerse yourself in the history of the Hanseatic League and take a walk through the beautiful town of Lübeck. Discover the Old Town, with its narrow alleys, gables, and famous Christmas markets. Choose between a 1-hour or 1.5-hour tour.  The tour begins at the famous Holsten Gate and takes you past multiple Christmas markets and city sights, including the craftsman market outside of St. Petri Church, the traditional market outside of the town hall, and the historic market at Marien Church. Learn about the rich history, hidden secrets, and local traditions of this city as you walk past the markets. The aroma of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, and delicious sausages will waft in the winter air. Prepare to be amazed, because especially during wintertime the UNESCO World Heritage Site will enchant you with its magnificent scenery. Hundreds of shiny Christmas lights will illuminate the street, making it a truly magical experience. This is a small group tour, meaning your guide will guide you and your friends and family through the Christmas city of Lübeck. Since it's a private tour, you can adjust the route as you wish — maybe you'd like to stop for a mulled wine, or maybe one of the markets is too cosy to leave. Your guide will adjust the speed and scope of the tour per your wishes. Without any changes to the route, the tour will conclude at the Christmas market at the Marien Church.

Lübeck: Backyards and Town Houses Private Guided Tour

4. 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.

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: Private Maritime History Walking Tour & Museumshafen

6. Lübeck: Private Maritime History Walking Tour & Museumshafen

Discover the city of Lübeck on a private guided walking tour. See a variety of historic buildings of the Old Hanseatic City, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site, with an optional guided tour of the Museumshafen also available. Meet your guide by the Holstentor, a gate many seafarers were jubilant to pass through after their long journies. Stroll past the Salzspeicher, or Salt Storage Houses, along the canal. Next, see St. Mary's Church, which was built on the highest point on Lübeck's Old Town Island. Stop by St. Jacobi's Church, which was the 'Church of the Seafarers' during the Hanseatic era. Your guide will bring the era to life as you hear the stories of the priceless artwork within its walls. As you walk back towards the canals, see the Hansemuseum, and next to it are the famous lift bridges of Lübeck, if you are lucky they'll be raised while you visit. Your walking tour ends at the Museumshafen, or Harbor Museum. Extend your tour to include a guided tour of the Museumshafen. This unique museum is owned by the members who moor their sailboats and yachts in the marina. Discover the remarkable history behind some of these seaworthy vessels.

Lübeck: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

Lübeck: Private Historical and Architectural Walking Tour

9. Lübeck: Private Historical and Architectural Walking Tour

Explore Lübeck on a walking tour with a private guide. Learn the history of the Holsten Gate and Buddenbrook House, understand the economic impact of trading routes along the Baltic Sea, and marvel at the city's unique architectural style which led to its appointment as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as the "City of Seven Spires", begin your tour of Lübeck by meeting your guide at Holsten Gate. Built in 1464, this towering brick construction is one of the last remaining gothic relics of Lübeck's medieval city fortifications and one of two remaining city gates. Continue further into the city to marvel at panoramic views of the city's historic skyline, including 5 churches, salt storehouses, and luxurious brick homes built by wealthy merchants in the late 1700s. Listen closely as your guide details the merchants' roles in the city's economic evolution. Then it's time to visit the Buddenbrook House to learn about German writers Thomas Mann and Heinrich Mann. Continue further to St. Mary's Church, the third largest brick gothic church in Germany, where your guide will detail an entertaining story about a little devil who resides outside the church. Walk further to visit a traditional marzipan bakery, taste-test different varieties of marzipan, and learn about the significance of this sweet treat. Before ending your tour, stop by Lübeck's Town Hall, considered one of the most beautiful town halls in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lubeck: Private Tour with Traditional German Food

10. Lubeck: Private Tour with Traditional German Food

Immerse yourself in local culture and get a taste of the cuisine in the Schleswig Holstein region in Northern Germany. Embark on a culinary adventure in Lubeck’s Old Town with a local guide. The 2.5-hour tour option will begin in the heart of the historic Old Town where you will discover Hanseatic history, culture, and heritage. You will see highlights such as St. Mary’s Church (Marienkirche) and the Old Town Hall with its series of ornate arcades that date back to the 13th-century. Your fun-loving Private Guide will share interesting facts and anecdotes about the city and take you to 2 amazing venues, including 1 traditional restaurant and 1 patisserie. During this exclusive food tasting tour, you will discover the diverse flavors of local cuisine. On the menu, you will find seafood, beef potatoes, and other regional delicacies such as Fliederbeersuppe (elderberry soup), smoked Kieler Sprotten, a common stew made with pork belly, carrots, potatoes, and onions. For dessert, try the famous Lubecker Marzipan. Choose the 3.5-hour tour to learn more about the culinary preferences and traditions in Lubeck, such as the wintertime custom of kale eating, known as Grünkohlessen. During this tour, you will visit 3 venues, including 2 traditional German restaurants. Try the famous Gruenkohl with Kouchwirst (Kale and Sausage) or Labskaus. To make the experience even better, we will also treat you to a glass of cold German beer. The 5-hour option is a fun and cultural food and beer tasting tour at 4 different venues. Sample 8 different types of beer on this tour, including popular brands as well as regional and craft beers. See more Old Town highlights, such as the Market Square, St Peter’s Church, and Lubeck Altstadt.

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What people are saying about Lübeck

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.

The tour was absolutely great. The city guide absolutely infected us with her enthusiasm. It was informative without giving too many "metrics". Anytime again.

Super nice pleasant guide who just knew everything. Fluent English. And then just topped off with a church visit incl choir singing and organ test.

Karin was our guide and she did a terrific job of showing us Lubeck. We experienced the history and charm of a beautiful, historic city.

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