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Top Choice Landmark in Lübeck


Built in 1464 and looking so settled-in that it appears to sag, Lübeck’s charming red-brick city gate is a national icon. Its twin pointed cylindrical towers, leaning together across the stepped gable that joins th…
Top Choice Museum in Lübeck

Museumsquartier St Annen

This museum quarter includes an old synagogue, church and medieval buildings along its uneven streets. The namesake St Annen Museum details the diverse history of the neighbourhood as it traces 700 years of art and …
Top Choice Museum in Lübeck

Europäisches Hansemuseum

Opened in 2015, this brilliant museum tells the remarkable story of the Hanseatic League, Lübeck and the region. For 600 years, city states in Northern Europe and along the Baltic discovered that shared interests in…
Top Choice Food in Lübeck


Lübeck’s mecca for marzipan lovers, the almond confectionery from Arabia, which has been made locally for centuries. Even if you’re not buying, the shop’s elaborate seasonal displays are a feast for the eyes. In its…
Top Choice Pub in Lübeck

Im Alten Zolln

This classic pub inhabits a 16th-century customs post. There's an excellent beer selection. Patrons people-watch from terrace and sidewalk tables in summer and watch bands (rock and jazz) inside in winter. Fortify y…
Top Choice Bistro in Lübeck


This narrow, elongated bar leads through to a garden out the back. Enjoy bistro fare amid chic, retro-minimalist style. The long drinks menu goes well with tapas choices. Sandwiches, salads and pasta, plus a gorgeou…
Museum in Lübeck


Thomas Mann, winner of the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Lübeck in 1875, and his family’s former home is now the Buddenbrookhaus. Named after Mann’s novel of a wealthy Lübeck family in decline, The Bu…
Museum in Lübeck

Günter Grass-Haus

Born in Danzig (now Gdańsk), Poland, Günter Grass had been living just outside Lübeck for 13 years when he collected his Nobel Prize in 1999. But this postwar literary colossus initially trained as an artist, and he…
Historic Building in Lübeck


Sometimes described as a ‘fairy tale in stone’, Lübeck’s 13th- to 15th-century Rathaus is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in Germany. Inside, a highlight is the Audienzsaal (audience hall), a light-floo…
Deli in Lübeck


This classic deli has been serving all manner of fresh and smoked seafood for decades. There's no better place in town to assemble a picnic.