Lübeck in detail


You can easily spend two days wandering amid Lübeck's steeple-punctuated sights.

There must be something in the water in Lübeck, or maybe it’s the famous marzipan. The city has connections to two Nobel Prize–winning authors (Günter Grass and Thomas Mann), as well as the Nobel Peace Prize–winning former chancellor Willy Brandt.

Gänge & Höfe

In the Middle Ages, Lübeck was home to numerous craftspeople and artisans. Their presence caused demand for housing to outgrow the available space, so tiny single-storey homes were built in courtyards behind existing rows of houses. These were then made accessible via little walkways from the street.

Almost 90 such Gänge (walkways) and Höfe (courtyards) still exist. The most famous include the Füchtingshof, with its beautiful carvings, and the 1612 Glandorps Gang, which you can usually peer into.

The Closing of Hüxstraase

On Saturdays from 11am to 6pm, Hüxstraase is closed to all vehicular traffic and the city comes out to enjoy the newly pedestrianised thoroughfare. It's a lovely time to be here.