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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: Self-Guided Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

2. 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: Classic Tour of the Hanseatic City

3. 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: Historical Tour in the Footsteps of the Hansa

4. 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: Backyards and Town Houses Private Guided Tour

5. 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: Christmas Market and Historical City Tour

6. 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 Guided Walking Tour and Boat Trip

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

Join an experienced local guide on a private walking tour of Lubeck’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise down the canals. . Discover must-see sights like Holsten Gate, Salzspeicher, and many more. Choose the 3-hour option for a 2-hour walking tour of the Old Town. Your private guide will show you the best sights like the iconic Holsten Gate, Salzspeicher, and the Rathaus at the lively Marketplatz. You will also see St Peter’s Church and St. Mary’s Church. The guide will escort you to the pier where you will take a 1-hour cruise down the canals surrounding the Old Town. Hear stories about the history and culture of Lubeck during the tour from your guide. Admire the 7-tower panorama of the Hanseatic city, the romantic salmon row, the charming Gängeviertel, and the Malerwinkel. See various old townhouses, warehouses, churches, bridges, harbors, and more. Choose the 4-hour option for an extended 3-hour walking tour and boat cruise. See the St Mary’s Church (Marienkirche), and marvel at its unique astronomical clock. The extended itinerary also includes a visit to the Lubeck Cathedral, which houses the famous works of Bernt Notke and Thomas Quellinus. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lubeck while exploring the hidden gems of the city. 

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: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

10. 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.

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based on 58 reviews

Our guide, Axel Schattschneider, has really well-founded and comprehensive knowledge of the history, culture, architecture and social development of the city of Lübeck over the course of history. He imparts this knowledge in an understandable, vivid and entertaining way. He was a pleasure to listen to and there was never a dull moment throughout the tour. We learned a lot on this tour and got impressions of Lübeck that we would never have experienced otherwise. Axel was just great.

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.

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.

Interesting tour with many stories about Lübeck and a city tour where you would never go alone! Thanks to our guide Thomas

Great event, not too difficult, but not boring either. was fun