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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: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. 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 German Beer Tasting in the Old Town

3. Lubeck: Private German Beer Tasting in the Old Town

"At some point in time, one of the beers brewed in Lubeck was promoted with the exciting slogan: “The Beer That Makes Friends”. Join our local Beer Expert for an exclusive beer tasting tour at the best beer venues in Lubeck’s Old Town to hear fascinating stories about the local history of brewing and drinking customs. The 2-hour beer tasting tour includes a visit at 2 beer venues, such as a local pub, beer garden or brewery. Your Private Guide will carefully choose places with great hospitality and an extensive menu of popular, regional and craft beers. You will try 4 different types of beers, including 2 craft beers brewed at a local brewery. The guide will explain the characteristics of each of the served beverages along with a history lesson about the medieval and contemporary laws that regulate the brewing methods and ingredients, such as Reinheitsgebot purity law. This experience will be a great addition to your holidays, birthday party or a bachelor party. Opt for the 3-hour option to hear more interesting facts and anecdotes about Lubeck’s beer scene. During this walking tour you will visit 2 beer venues in Old Town for a tasting of 6 carefully selected beers. This includes 4 types of locally brewed craft beers so that you can truly feel the passion for brewing in Lubeck. You will also be served traditional German appetizers, such as hot starters and snacks, such as black dried bread that the locals love to pair with beer. Choose the 4-hour food and beer tasting tour to visit 3 places, including 1 restaurant that specializes in traditional German dishes. During this tour you will sample 8 different types of beers and paired food options, including seafood, beef and potato delicacies. Learn about the role that Lubeck’s culinary culture plays in the living styles of local people and discover flavors and aromas that are unique to Northern Germany. "

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: Historical Tour in the Footsteps of the Hansa

5. 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: 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: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

7. 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: St. Anne's Museum with City Walking Tour Option

8. Lübeck: St. Anne's Museum with City Walking Tour Option

Immerse yourself in a guided group tour of the historic artworks housed in the beautifully renovated St. Anne's Museum. First built as a monastery in 1515, learn all about its infamous history as a poor house, prison, and perhaps even a brothel. Get up close and personal with exquisitely hand-carved altarpieces from as early as the 15th century. Learn all about these polyptychs as your expert guide shares the historical backstories of pieces by artists such as Hans Memling, Herman Rode, and Henning von der Heide. Inside the Chamber of Paraments, you can marvel at the remarkable craftsmanship of hand-embroidered 13th-century paraments (alter hangings), which had been hidden away in drawers for centuries, and only rediscovered in the late 1800s. Extend your guided tour with the 4-hour option, which will allow you to experience St. Anne’s Museum, as well as an additional sightseeing trip around the historic city of Lübeck, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, your knowledgeable guide will lead the way to iconic places such as the Holsten Gate, Lübeck Cathedral, and St. Peter’s Church as well as other landmarks that have played important roles in the past of this Hanseatic City.

Lübeck: Travemünde Port Scavenger Hunt with GPS and Radio

9. Lübeck: Travemünde Port Scavenger Hunt with GPS and Radio

Get to know the port of Lübeck and Travemünde in a modern scavenger hunt walking tour. Compete in teams and complete fun tasks as you uncover the secrets of the city's harbor. Use GPS and radio to communicate and take part in an awards ceremony when you're finished. Start your experience at the Lübeck Travemünde Strand train station where you'll join up in teams of at least 2 people. Pick up your GPS device to get going on the game. Get ready to encounter the city's famous port, and to be on the lookout for the geocaches that form part of the game. Use the radio to communicate with the event organizer as you complete the tasks. Have fun using public radio frequencies to co-ordinate where you may hear harbor workers on the same wavelength. Choose from 2 different routes to play your game. See that both travel through the most scenic parts of the harbor, with plenty of opportunities for photography, as well as for enjoying peace and tranquility away from the crowds. Complete your experience with an awards ceremony. Celebrate your achievement as well as knowing that you have explored Lübeck and Travemünde in a unique and fun way.

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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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.

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.

Unfortunately, I wasn't there myself due to illness, but the rest of the group was totally enthusiastic and would recommend this tour.

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.