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Lübeck: 10-City-Highlights Scavenger Hunt

1. Lübeck: 10-City-Highlights Scavenger Hunt

A modern city rally awaits you, during which you will tackle tricky puzzles whilst uncovering interesting information. From the very first task, you will be already immersed in a world full of hidden clues and mysterious hints. You'll actively communicate with each other, getting closer to each other as you enrich your peers with your knowledge. You decide when you start and finish your adventure, completely independent of travel guides and groups. To participate, you only require a smartphone with an active internet connection. After you redeem your voucher for this city quest on the homepage, your guides will immediately send you a start link via mail. From there you can start the scavenger hunt by accessing the link through your smartphone. You will follow the route that takes you from one showplace to the next, answering clever questions and solving tricky puzzles on the way. During this tour, you will visit sights such as Puppenbrücke, Holsten Gate, Love Bridge, the Slums-quarter, Lübeck Cathedral, the St. Petri Church, the St. Maria church, and Town Hall. If you have trouble solving a task, you can use the system to get multiple clues and even display the correct answer. Of course, you are free to use the internet as a source of knowledge. At the end of each task you will receive exciting information and entertaining stories about the relevant sight.

Lübeck: Classic Tour of the Hanseatic City

2. 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.

Lubeck: Old Town Private Guided Walking Tour and Boat Trip

3. Lubeck: Old Town Private Guided Walking Tour and Boat Trip

Join an experienced Local Guide on the streets of Lubeck’s Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover must-see sights and hidden gems of the Hanseatic City of Lubeck on foot and on the water with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise down the canals. Choose the 3-hour option for a basic 2-hour walking tour of the Old Town with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise. Your Private Guide will show you the best-selected highlights of this historic city, including the iconic Holsten Gate, Salzspeicher (old warehouses), and the Rathaus (Town Hall) at the lively Marketplatz. You will also see a couple of the iconic spires of Lubeck: St Peter’s Church and St. Mary’s Church. The guide will escort you to the pier where you will hop on board a modern, comfortable boat that will take you on a 1-hour cruise down the canals surrounding the Old Town. Enjoy a wonderful view of the 7-tower panorama of the Hanseatic city, the romantic salmon row, the charming Gängeviertel, and the Malerwinkel. Choose the 4-hour option for an extended 3-hour walking tour of the Old Town with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise. This option includes tickets to St Mary’s Church (Marienkirche), which is the largest church in Lubeck. Inside you will marvel at its unique astronomical clock and hear the story of its Broken Bells. The extended itinerary also includes a visit to the Lubeck Cathedral, which houses the famous works of Bernt Notke and Thomas Quellinus.

Lübeck: Self-Guided Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

4. Lübeck: Self-Guided Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy the beauty of the medieval city of Lubeck on a self-guided walking tour with your smartphone. Visit the famous landmarks and hidden gems of the city while you go on the scavenger hunt. Instructions how to start the tour will be found on your voucher after booking the tour. Begin your adventure at the Holsten Gate with your mobile phone as your guide. Soak in the warm and vibrant atmosphere while strolling through the streets of the historical town. During the tour, feel free to stop at any part of the tour to spend some more time seeing the sights. Experience a fun and entertaining adventure with family or friends. Throughout the tour, you will learn facts about the history and culture city of Lubeck. Explore the city at your own pace while enjoying a fun scavenger hunt.

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: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

6. 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: Backyards and Town Houses Private Guided Tour

7. 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: Self-Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

8. Lübeck: Self-Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

Discover Lübeck's hidden gems on a self-guided walking tour of the Hanseatic city. Visit the Holstentorplatz, St. Aegidien Church, and other interesting attractions while using your smartphone to solve riddles. Head to the starting point in the heart of Lübeck and begin your quest. Happiness researcher Merle is out of luck. She was meant to come to Lübeck to conduct research but has been caught in a storm and can't make it. Now, she needs your help. Embark on a creative expedition through Lübeck's Old Town on Merle's behalf and discover the city's romantic side. Go off the beaten path as Merle guides you to inspiring places, from the Lübeck Theater to a small café. Solve puzzles, draw, write poetry, and more, all while getting to know the city of Lübeck. Play at your own pace and pause whenever you need to take a break.

Lübeck from Hamburg 1-Day Private Trip by Train

9. Lübeck from Hamburg 1-Day Private Trip by Train

Take a short train journey from Hamburg to the charismatic Lübeck to experience life in a medieval town, admire the iconic red brick buildings, and discover the most important world heritage sites. Includes round-trip train tickets and Private Guide in Lübeck. Immerse yourself in the history, cultural heritage and legends of medieval Germany! Choose the 6-hour option to discover the highlights of Lübeck, which is less than an hour away from Hamburg. For your convenience, round-trip train tickets are included so you can easily join a Local Guide at the Lübeck’s train station for a walking tour of this historic city. The first major highlight will be the Holsten Gate (Holstentor Museum), a unique Brick Gothic construction of the city’s medieval fortification that houses Lübeck’s history museum. Inside you will find antique ship models, suits of armor, weapons and other artifacts related to commerce, power, and wealth. Walking through the narrow medieval streets of Lübeck’s Old Town, you will quickly get a feeling as if you're lost in time. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Market Square and admire the medieval bricks and towers of St Peter’s Church, St Catherine's Church and St Jacob Church. Learn the fascinating history of the precursor of modern hospitals, the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital. Another point of interest will be the elegant Gothic Church of St Mary. Inside, you will be astonished by the gravity-defying high ceiling, a unique wall clock, and a bell that fell from the tower, hit the floor and was left there for everyone to admire. At the end of sightseeing, your Private Guide will escort you to the train station, where you will board the return train to Hamburg. Choose the 7-hour option to book private car transfers between the train station and your accommodation in Hamburg. This option includes pickup and drop-off in a private vehicle to make it easier for you to get to the station on time for your train. Save time and effort by booking private transport in advance.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about The Holsten Gate

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4.3 / 5

based on 187 reviews

We bought several tickets for a large group and an organizational problem arose. However, the employees and operators were extremely helpful and very courteous and did everything to ensure that we had a great city tour. Really a very uncomplicated and very quick settlement of the situation. Definitely recommended!

It was an absolute experience. We slowed down through Lübeck and were able to discover beautiful places. Communication went smoothly and everything was easy to figure out. We had a lot of fun.

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.

We really enjoyed the scavenger hunt - exciting, not as boring as a normal city tour. We would definitely do it again.