Lubeck is the second largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It is listed on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites because of the medieval buildings of the Alstadt, or old town. The Alstadt is located on an island on the Trave River. The Elbe-Lübeck Canal connects the Trave with the Elbe River.

Amongst Lubeck's historic buildings are numerous gothic churches and its towering stone gates to the city. What also attracts visitors, however, is the almond marzipan candy that originated in Lubeck. Visitors can stop by at Neideregger to have a treat of its world-famous marzipan and cakes.

Things to see and do

* Historic buildings
* Museums
* Niederegger visit – marzipan producer
* Old town centre
* Holsten Gate

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 214.13 sq km’s
Population – 215,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49

Transport Links – Lübeck's airport is a few kilometers outside the city centre and is easily accessed by car and public transport. The bus number 6 connects the airport to Lübeck's main railway station. Ryanair flies to London-Stansted, Dublin, Stockholm, Milan, Pisa, Barcelona-Girona and Frankfurt-Hahn. Wizz Air flies to Gdańsk from spring 2006 on.

Lübeck is about 60 km northeast of Hamburg and easily accessible by car through the Autobahn A1. With the opening of the new highway A20 (Baltic Sea highway) to Rostock the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania is only a stone's throw away.

Trains from/to Hamburg and Kiel leave on an hourly basis. Other trains leave for Copenhagen, Schwerin and Lüneburg.

Finnlines operates ferries from Lübeck's coastal borough Travemünde to Finland and Sweden and other Baltic Sea countries, with lines eg to Trelleborg and Malmö. If you arrive in Travemünde, you can take a train or bus to the city centre.

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