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Lubeck: Jewish History and City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Lubeck: Jewish History and City Highlights Walking Tour

The history of Jews in Lubeck tells the history of antisemitism in Germany before Hitler and World War II. On this original tour you will discover forgotten stories of Jews from the Hanseatic era and learn about the anti-semitic prejudices that led to the”Final Solution” and the Holocaust. Experience Jewish Lubeck! Choose the 2-hour option to explore the highlights of Lubeck’s Old Town with the Jewish History Guide. Most city tours skip on the Jewish history, but it is actually pretty interesting and worth discovering. As an imperial city and capital of the Hanseatic League, Lubeck did not permit Jewish people to reside within its gates, with a few exceptions that you will learn about during the tour. You will see the famous Holstentor gate and the impressive St. Mary’s Church, located within the Hanseatic merchants' district where some Jewish merchants would also come from time to time. Another point of interest will be the Katharineum, where Rabbi Felix F. Carlebach and his son, and some other Jewish students and professors attended. You will also see the only synagogue in the “City of Seven Towers”, and learn about the “Night of the Broken Glass” and the Holocaust. The tour will pass the Museum of St. Anne’s Church, and end in front of the magnificent Lubeck Cathedral. If you wish, you can enter inside and hear its fascinating history from your passionate Private Guide.

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: Private Maritime History Walking Tour & Museumshafen

3. Lübeck: Private Maritime History Walking Tour & Museumshafen

Discover the city of Lübeck on a private guided walking tour. See a variety of historic buildings of the Old Hanseatic City, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site, with an optional guided tour of the Museumshafen also available. Meet your guide by the Holstentor, a gate many seafarers were jubilant to pass through after their long journies. Stroll past the Salzspeicher, or Salt Storage Houses, along the canal. Next, see St. Mary's Church, which was built on the highest point on Lübeck's Old Town Island. Stop by St. Jacobi's Church, which was the 'Church of the Seafarers' during the Hanseatic era. Your guide will bring the era to life as you hear the stories of the priceless artwork within its walls. As you walk back towards the canals, see the Hansemuseum, and next to it are the famous lift bridges of Lübeck, if you are lucky they'll be raised while you visit. Your walking tour ends at the Museumshafen, or Harbor Museum. Extend your tour to include a guided tour of the Museumshafen. This unique museum is owned by the members who moor their sailboats and yachts in the marina. Discover the remarkable history behind some of these seaworthy vessels.

Lübeck: Willy Brandt House Private Guided Tour

4. 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

5. 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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