What to see in Lübeck, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Church of Santa Maria, the Cathedral, the Town Hall and the Market Square.
City of northern Germany, Lübeck is located on the Trave river, about 17 km from its mouth in the Baltic Sea.
The city established itself in the second half of the thirteenth century as the main center of the Hanseatic League, a commercial alliance of cities that reached the period of greatest prosperity in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, dominating commercial traffic on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Surrounded by canals and green areas, despite the damage suffered during the Second World War, the historic center of Lübeck has kept the harmony of its medieval structure, preserving the characteristic architectural elements of the powerful Hanseatic city, including the salt warehouses and the Holstentor, the gateway to the city flanked by two circular towers.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this enchanting town offers many suggestive views and monuments to visit.
The Marienkirche, located at the highest point of the old city, whose name translated into Italian corresponds to the Church of Santa Maria, has twin spiers 125 meters high and Gothic brick architecture.
Outside the church there is a bronze statue of a small devil, the protagonist of a popular story.
Lübeck is the city where Thomas Mann, the genius of twentieth century European literature, was born and raised and, near the Church of St. Mary, stands the Buddenbrookhaus, a building belonging to the Mann family that now houses a museum dedicated to them, with space reserved for famous novel The Buddenbrooks.
The Lübeck Cathedral, with its mighty twin towers, is a grandiose brick building, whose construction began in 1173 and was completed in 1247.
In Romanesque and Gothic style it was affected by subsequent renovations, which took place between 1265 and 1341.
Among the city buildings stands the Town Hall which, together with the Market Square, Marktplatz, forms the heart of the historic center.