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Lübeck: 1-Hour Splash Bus City Tour

1. Lübeck: 1-Hour Splash Bus City Tour

Enjoy a unique attraction in Lübeck: Splashtour, a bus that transforms into a boat.  The captain will greet you at the bus stop and take you on a journey through his hometown, mixing personal stories with historical facts to make this a truly special experience. This ride will give you a completely different view of the city. On this 1-hour tour, you'll see the most interesting and beautiful corners of the Hanseatic city. The highlight is the spectacular splash, when this bus suddenly becomes a ship and drives you along the Trave, past the picturesque skyline of Lübeck. Enjoy the live commentary in German, giving you insights on Lübeck's history, glory days, and most famous inhabitants. Travel through the Lübeck harbor and around the historic old town. From the water, you can see all main sights including the 7 towers of Lübeck, the Holsten Gate, countless bridges, the romantic garden district, and the historic houses of the old town. From the road, glimpse into everyday live in Lübeck, passing unique little shops, historic houses, and countless sights.

From Hamburg: Day Trip to Lübeck with Guided Walking Tour

2. From Hamburg: Day Trip to Lübeck with Guided Walking Tour

Take a short train journey from Hamburg to enjoy a day trip and guided walking tour in Lübeck. Stroll down the charming alleys of Lübeck’s Old Town, admire the local red brick buildings and see Holsten Gate, St. Mary's Church, and Lübeck Cathedral. Choose between two options depending on your needs. If you choose the fully-guided option, meet your guide at the Hamburg Central Station and travel together to Lübeck and back. If you prefer to travel to Lübeck alone, enjoy a car transfer from your accommodation in Hamburg to Hamburg Central Station. Meet a local Lübeck guide once you arrive in the city. Begin your walking tour of Lübeck at the Holsten Gate, a fascinating brick gothic building that was originally part of the city walls. Head inside to visit the Holstentor Museum, the city's history museum, and see antique ship models, suits of armor, and weapons from Lübeck. Continue the tour with a stroll through the narrow medieval streets of the Old Town and marvel at the fantastic examples of medieval brick design. Walk past St Peter’s Church, the majestic Lübeck Cathedral, and the St Aegidien Church. Head towards the stunning Gothic-style market square to see the City Hall. Throughout the tour, learn about Lübeck’s traders, merchants, and commerce throughout history. Next, visit the elegant gothic Church of St Mary. Inside, don't forget to look up to see the gravity-defying high ceiling, a spectacular wall clock, and a bell that fell from the tower and hit the floor. After leaving the church, head past St Catherine's Church and St Jacob Church. Learn about the precursor of modern hospitals, Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, as you walk by before going to the harbor. Marvel at the over 20 historic ships on display and cross the Drehbrücke bridge. Your last stop on the tour is a walk past the lovely Church of St Lawrence. If you chose the fully-guided option, enjoy some free time to explore Lübeck on your own and have lunch in town. If you chose the car transfer option, follow your guide back to the Lübeck station and board your train to Hamburg.

Lübeck: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. 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.

Lübeck: Christmas Market and Historical City Tour

4. Lübeck: Christmas Market and Historical City Tour

Visit the Christas capital of the north. Immerse yourself in the history of the Hanseatic League and take a walk through the beautiful town of Lübeck. Discover the Old Town, with its narrow alleys, gables, and famous Christmas markets. Choose between a 1-hour or 1.5-hour tour.  The tour begins at the famous Holsten Gate and takes you past multiple Christmas markets and city sights, including the craftsman market outside of St. Petri Church, the traditional market outside of the town hall, and the historic market at Marien Church. Learn about the rich history, hidden secrets, and local traditions of this city as you walk past the markets. The aroma of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, and delicious sausages will waft in the winter air. Prepare to be amazed, because especially during wintertime the UNESCO World Heritage Site will enchant you with its magnificent scenery. Hundreds of shiny Christmas lights will illuminate the street, making it a truly magical experience. This is a small group tour, meaning your guide will guide you and your friends and family through the Christmas city of Lübeck. Since it's a private tour, you can adjust the route as you wish — maybe you'd like to stop for a mulled wine, or maybe one of the markets is too cosy to leave. Your guide will adjust the speed and scope of the tour per your wishes. Without any changes to the route, the tour will conclude at the Christmas market at the Marien Church.

Lubeck: Old Town Private Walking Tour & Boat Trip

5. Lubeck: Old Town Private Walking Tour & Boat Trip

Explore the quaint streets of Lubeck's Old Town and cruise along the picturesque canals of the Lubeck Harbor with a private guided tour. Learn how Lubeck earned nicknames such as "The City of the Seven Spires" and "Queen on the Hanse". Visit the iconic Holsten Gate, pass by St. Peter's Church and St. Mary's Church, continuing your way to the historic Lubeck Cathedral and charming Town Hall.  Relax aboard a beautiful boat as you then cruise around Lubeck's canals. Marvel at the stunning harbor views while your captain details the region's rich and exciting maritime history. Consider extending your trip to have more time in the Old Town, including a private tour inside the Lubeck Cathedral, as well as St. Mary's Church where you will find the iconic astronomical clock and broken bells.

Lübeck: Willy Brandt House Private Guided Tour

6. Lübeck: Willy Brandt House Private Guided Tour

Join a private guide to learn about the life of Willy Brandt, former Chancellor of West Germany and winner of the 1971 Nobel Peace Prize. Visit the Willy Brandt House Museum and see where he attended school. Extend your tour with a visit to Lübeck's Old Town. Meet your guide outside the Willy Brandt House to begin your guided tour. Gain unique insight into the life of Mr. Brandt and discover how his style of diplomacy brought about a fresh relationship between the East and West at a time when these relations were strained at best. Visit the rooms where a young Willy Brandt played and spent his youth. Sit on a government bench and speak at one of former Chancellor Brandt's podiums as you make your way through various exhibits, each one depicting a different era of Brandt's life. Having completed your private tour of the Willy Brandt House, follow your guide as you visit the places in Lübeck that helped shape Willy Brandt, turning him into the global leader that he was. Walk the same cobblestone streets he walked and see where he attended school and spent his free time. Choose to extend your tour by booking the historic Lübeck option to explore the old Hanseatic City of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your guide as they showcase such places as the Holsten Gate, St. Anne’s Museum, and St. Mary’s Church.

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

7. 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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