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Top Choice Landmark in Lübeck

Holstentor

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 Cathedral in Schleswig

Dom St Petri

With its steeple towering above the Altstadt (old town), the Dom St Petri provides an excellent point of orientation. It’s also home to the intricate Bordesholmer Altar (1521), a carving by Hans Brüggemann. The 12.6…
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 Waterfront in Kiel

Kiellinie

The magnificent waterfront promenade known as the Kiellinie begins northeast of the Schlossgarten. Sailing clubs, a tiny aquarium, cafes and restaurants line the way and there are an ever-changing series of vistas o…
Top Choice Food in Lübeck

Niederegger

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 German in Flensburg

Weinstube im Krusehof

Wander through the covered passage built from old ship timbers into a courtyard of goodness at this wine restaurant in the old town. Run by the irrepressable Steffi, loyal regulars enjoy a fine selection of German w…
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 Sailing in Kiel

Kieler Woche

Kiel’s biggest annual event is the giant weeklong Kieler Woche. Revolving around a series of yachting regattas, it’s attended by more than 4000 of the world’s sailing elite and half a million spectators. Even if you…
Top Choice Museum in Flensburg

Schiffahrtsmuseum

An engrossing museum right on the old harbour. Displays here give the history of rum and the seafarers who both shipped and drank it. Cool models show how ships were built before power tools. On the water, workshops…