World Heritage #0272 – Hanseatic City of Lübeck

Last modified 27.03.2022 | Published 03.08.1991Germany, North and Central Europe, World Heritage Sites

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The Hanseatic City of Lübeck was an important town for centuries and has kept enough of the old days for visitors to enjoy for centuries more.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

  • Country: Germany
  • Date of Inscription: 1987
  • Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 272:

“Lübeck the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. It has remained a centre for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered.”


My visit

I had a short visit back in 1991 and I must say that the town has more to offer than its marzipan.

Read more about my visit.

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