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From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

1. From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Make the most of your time onshore and explore Hamburg on a guided tour from Kiel. Learn about Hamburg's essential role in the historic Hanseatic League, visit the ruins of St. Nicholas Church, and stroll down Hamburg's oldest street, Deischstrasse. Meet your driver in front of your cruise ship just after docking and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. After a relaxing journey, arrive in Hamburg and meet your local tour guide. Enjoy a stroll through the historic heart of Hamburg and see the stunning Town Hall. As you walk, learn about Hamburg's role in the Hanseatic League from your guide. Continue to cross the ancient Trost bridge and visit the St Nikolas Church. As you stand next to this burnt-out shell of a church, learn how it acts as a way to remember the near-total destruction of the city during World War II. Leave the church and head down Deichstrasse, the oldest street in Hamburg. As you walk down this historic street, enjoy the view of the nearby Elbe River. Before returning to the bus, continue wandering down the river and through the scenic Landungsbrucke river walk. Drive over to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Speicherstadt, and see where historically traders stored their goods. Explore the Hafencity, the newest area of Hamburg which includes the iconic Elbphilharmonie. After your guided tour ends, enjoy 1 hour to explore Hamburg on your own. Grab lunch, buy some souvenirs, or explore one of Hamburg's museums. After returning to Kiel, you will have about 1.5 hours before your cruise departs, giving you time to explore Kiel or relax with a coffee.

Lübeck: Classic Tour of the Hanseatic City

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

5. 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.

From Hamburg: Day Trip to Lübeck with Guided Walking Tour

6. 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: St. Anne's Museum with City Walking Tour Option

7. 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.

Lübeck: Willy Brandt House Private Guided Tour

8. 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.

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What people are saying about Schleswig-Holstein

We had a super great guide who took us through the city in great detail and really took the time to answer every question we had. 1.5 hours became 2.5 hours.

Ms. Wilms gave us an informative, humorous and entertaining tour of the city. Thank you very much! All the best and stay healthy!

Seen and experienced a lot. My guide fully focused on my interests and showed me places that I would never have noticed myself.

Very interesting and detailed. Beautiful details and insights into Lübeck.

Thanks for the nice tour guide. All questions were answered very well.