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Fall in love with history

Lübeck was one of the most important medieval Hanseatic cities. With its 5 splendid Gothic-style churches and more than 90 hidden alleyways, the spirit of the Hanse is still tangible in the Old Town, which is completely surrounded by water. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site the Old Town is a great place to take a stroll, to visit the historic sites, the European Hansemuseum or one of the 3 Nobel Prize Laureates’ houses dedicated to the former German Chancellor Willy Brandt, the writer Thomas Mann and the author and sculptor Günter Grass. in total, the Old Town houses 13 museums. An absolute must is a pause at Café Niederegger, where you can try the famous marzipan from Lübeck, discover the 11 live-size figures made from marzipan and buy some sweet treats for your loved ones at home.

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Why visit Lübeck-Travemünde: • A hidden gem and a boutique destination • Berthing within walking distance of the Old Town of Travemünde • Perfect for themed tours e.g. UNESCO or in the footpath of the Hanseatic Trading League • Ideal also for luxury cruises and unique experiences • Lübeck: compact island-shaped Old Town (a UNESCO heritage since 1987) • Perfect for harbour and canal tours or a tour along the former inner-German border • 5 Gothic-style churches (great also for private organ concerts) • Numerous museums (literature and art: plus the European Hansemuseum) • 80 alleyways and courtyards in the Old Town • Museum harbour • „Capital“ of marzipan: Marzipan modelling, visit of the marzipan salon at Café Niederegger • Wine tasting of the unique Rotspon red wine and visit to a local brewery • Excursion options: Schwerin castle or the Lake District (castles and roses tour) Get a first impression of the beauty of the hanseatic city:



Distance from pier to city center (each pier)

Ostpreußenkai Travemünde : 200 m to Travemünde Old Town, 20 km to Lübeck Old Town
Burgtor Terminal Lübeck: 2 km to Lübeck Old Town

Transport to/from airport

Taxis, buses and trains are available: 9 km to Lübeck Airport.
70 km to Hamburg Airport.

Transport to/from city center

From Ostpreußenkai in Travemünde: 20 km (25 minutes by taxi) to Lübeck
From Burgtor Terminal Lübeck km (30 minutes’ walk, 5 minutes by taxi)


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Port information

Berthing policy: Please contact the LPA - Lübeck Port Authority:

Mr Florian Richter (phone +49 451 1226941; email

Mr. Dennis Jannek email

Confirmation of berth is issued on behalf of the LPA. There's no application deadline, The "first come, first serve" principle is in place.

Berthing policy: First come, first served.


Max LOA: 200 m Max depth: 9.0 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): M-Fender Elastopal 750; distance between fenders abt. 30 m Bollard strength: Between 400 and 500 kN Learn more
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Skandinavienkai berths 3 / 4

Max LOA: 300 m Max depth: 9.50 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Cargo/passenger ferriesFenders available (brand and type): M-Fender Elastogran 750, distance between fenders abt. 15 m Bollard strength: 1000 kN Learn more


Max LOA: 160 mMax depth: 8.0 mType of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): PassengerFenders available (brand and type): Rubber fenders, distance between fenders about 30 mBollard strength: 500 kN Learn more

Covid-19 Information

There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in any of the 32 Cruise Baltic destinations. If the situation changes, this section will be updated with the necessary information regarding each port and destination.

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

mit 0.120 €/BRZ (GT)

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

1.87 €/PAS in and out

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Personal welcome

Representatives of the port and the tourist office meet the captain and staff of each vessel personally. Available upon special request and by prior arrangement: The HanseVolk group welcomes guests at the quayside.

Musical welcome and/or farewell

One of our famous shanty choirs bids farewell to the passengers and the vessel either on the pier or (upon request) on board. Presently, with Covid19-rules the musical farewell is suspended.

Cruise guest national flags
Shops open on Sundays

Shops in Travemünde are open on Sundays from the middle of March to October 31st and from the middle of december until the beginning of January from 11 am to 5 pm.

Shops offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Independent guest reception and help

A welcome desk operates at the terminal where trained staff informs passengers, who do not participate in group activities and programmes. We believe it is our role and responsibility during the pandemic to prioritize the well-being of our passengers, employees and our community. Physical distancing signage and floor markers are present to help passengers adhere to physical distancing regulations.

Local life and events with locals

Usually, the seaside resort boasts countless events throughout the year. Whether with the feet in the sand or at the twillight hour with celebrities close by, Travemünde has so much to offer. In 2022, one highlight is the cultural summer on the beach terraces.

Mailbox available
Signed walking route from pier to city centre and/or public transport
Tourist information

The Tourist Information is located opposite the passenger ferry at the promenade.

Money exchange in port area
Free Wi-Fi in port
Destination collaboration/shore excursions
Local cruise network
Authorized guides

Guides are trained according to the standards if the German National Tourist Guide Association (BVGD). They hold a certificate in accordance with the European Quality Standard for tour guides (DIN EN 15556)

Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest

40 tourism partners are members of the local Association “Fabletastics” (Wunscherfüller), which was set up according to the guidelines of the ServiceQualityGermany initiative . On a regular basis they are trained and informed about the special wishes and needs of foreign visitors.

Destination video available for Cruise Lines
Free shuttle available
City centre within 1 km from pier
Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS
Hop on/hop off services in port area

Available in Lübeck. A 50 minutes’ tour with the Open-air bus from May to October, starting in Lübeck at the bus stop Untertrave/Holstentorbrücke Tickets available from the driver, € 10.00 for adults, reduced prices for groups. Tours start every hour

Credit cards accepted in taxis
Turnaround facilities
Direct flights to USA

Hamburg airport Lübeck Airport has direct flights to Munich, Stuttgart, Salzburg (Austria) and Bern (Switzerland)

Airport less than one hour drive from port

Free WiFi in all terminals

Selected attractions

Holsten Gate

The Holsten Gate is the most famous and as well the most important preserved medieval gate in Germany. It was constructed between 1464 and 1478. 30 cannons were stored there, but none of them has ever been fired. The exhibition entitled “The Hanseatic League – The Power of Trade” invites visitors to a fascinating medieval world of a Lübeck merchant and of global trade and seafaring.

St. Mary’s church

St. Mary’s church is the third largest church in Germany. It is considered an extraordinary precious and grand example of ecclesiastical Gothic brickwork. It took 100 years to build the church. The works were completed in 1350. Discover here what the devil, a mouse and St. Mary's church have in common.

Bäckergang alleyway

During the second half of the 15th century Lübeck’s population increased by 25%. This led to a pauperisation of a big part of the population and with it to an extended and modernised quarter of alleyways. Towards the end of the 17th century Lübeck had more then 180 alleyways. Today about 90 of them have survived. All of them are hidden oasis with tiny houses.

Hospital of the Holy Spirit

The best-preserved medieval hospital in Germany: rich families financed the construction of the premises where care was provided for the elderly and infirm already in the 13th century. They would get food, shelter and a warm bath eight times a year, and the hospital continued to operate all the way up to the 1960s. In the pre-Christmas season, visitors to the arts and crafts market in the hospital’s vaulted hall can soak up the medieval atmosphere.

European Hansemuseum

An exciting expedition through 600 years of Hanseatic history. Find out about the wealth and daily life of the merchants, their hopes and fears, about sickness and death. The museum shows a combination of staged historical scenes, cabinets with valuable original objects, the latest museum technology and interactive features. A fascinating impression of the world of the Hanse, whose legacy can still be felt today. Novgorod, Lübeck, Bruges, Bergen and London represent selected stages in the history of the Hanse.

Buddenbrook House

The museum is dedicated to the Mann family and the novel the “Buddenbrooks”. Walk through the house with its authentically furnished rooms and feel as if you were walking through the novel itself. The museum is closed for renovation until 2025. During this period of time the exhibits will be on display at museum Behnhouse-Drägerhouse.

Willy-Brandt-House Lübeck

The museum presents the life and legacy of the former German Chancellor. The remnant of the Berlin Wall in the garden is a symbol of Brandt’s period as Berlin’s mayor. The visit is free of charge

St. Peter's church

The Romanesque church was erected between 1227 and 1250. She isn’t used for church services any more. Nowadays the bright church hall is used for events and exhibitions. During the Christmas season a beautiful craftsmen’s market takes place inside. The observation platform offers a spectacular view on the Old Town.

Günter Grass-House

This museum is dedicated to the multi-talented Günter Grass, Laureate of the Nobel Prize for literature. Besides housing an interesting exhibition of manuscripts, drawings and sculptures, the building is also a forum for literature and fine arts. The house also has a beautiful garden, a shop and a café.

The Cathedral

Lübeck's Cathedral dates back to the year 1173. The massive 15th-century Triumphal Cross and beautiful rood screen were made by Lübeck master Bernt Notke, and there’s superb modern stained glass.

Painters' Corner

In dreamy “Painters’ Corner” on the riverbank, you can enjoy the view of the beautiful Old Town backdrop in the cathedral district and drift off into a world of your own. The Cathedral bells ring out and the swans on the water greet you. Enjoy a picnic on the grass, feed the quacking ducks and relax while you watch the passing ships

Marzipan Museum at Café Niederegger

The café is perfectly set in the heart of the city, opposite to the grandiose town hall regarded as one of the most beautiful town halls in Germany. The café is a paradise for the sweet tooth. The second floor houses the museum, here you can study the history of Marzipan and its evolution through the centuries. A massive map in the middle of the room traces the sugar trading route during Medieval times. There are 12 sculptures of figures, each made using the company’s original 1806 recipe.

Exciting extras

Seafarers' Guild

The restaurant dates back to the 16th century. It’s a perfect place to experience the seafaring tradition of the Hanseatic League. In summer, take a seat in the beautiful garden with a view of the church tower of St. Jacob's.


Almost 90 walkways and courtyards from medieval times still exist in the Old Town, among them charitable housing estates built for the poor. The most famous one is the beautiful Füchtingshof, which dates back to 1639. Widows of seafarers who lost their lives at sea found a room for living here.

Lübeck Christmas Magic

First mentioned in 1648. There are several outdoor markets. The most beautiful ones are the craftmen's fairs inside St. Peter’s church and the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, which was founded in the 12th century.


1 May 2022
31 Oct 2022
Sandsculpture Exhibition
Category: Other
The Sandsculpture Exhibition in Travemünde's fishing harbour in a covered boat hall shows around 150 figures on an area of 5,600 square metres under the theme “Fairy tales”. 50 artists from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands and the US create the figures from 16,000 tons of sand. The festival is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, also on Sundays and public holidays.
18 Nov 2022
1 Jan 2023
Christmas Market Travemünde
Category: Folklore
In and around the cruise terminal, right by the river Trave, the Christmas market “Schiff Ahoi” takes place – it will not get any more maritime. Every year in december the outdoor area invites you to linger in a Christmas atmosphere. Visitors can listen to live music while enjoying mulled wine and waffles in the comfortably equipped tents. For the little ones there will be a stage program and a children’s train. The outdoor market is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm and on Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm. On Christmas Eve and on the first day of Christmas the market is closed.
21 Nov 2022
30 Dec 2022
Lübeck Christmas Markets
Category: Folklore
Open air markets at the main market square, Breite Straße, Koberg and Sandstraße. A relaxed walk through Lübeck‘s Christmas Market is one of the highlights in the pre-Christmas time. Thousands of fairy lights and the festive decoration in the streets and shop windows add to the unique and impressive atmosphere, which delights visitors from near and afar.
15 Apr 2023
18 Apr 2023
Ostermünde – Easter Festival for the whole family
Category: Other
Happy Easter in Travemünde: Every year the long Easter weekend focuses on family activities. The Easter bunny visits Brügmanngarten to paint with the children, to tell Easter stories and compete with the little visitors in sack races and egg races. There will be a big Easter fire on the beach, an Easter prayer (at 7 pm) and a BBQ and music on stage at Brügmanngarten.

Varied Shore Excurions

Classic and popular

Harbour & canal tours in Lübeck
A boat trip along the small canals or the wilderness of the Wakenitz river following the former inner-German border, which divided the country between 1961 and 1989 – an unforgettable experience!
Guided tours in Lübeck’s Old Town
The Holsten Gate, St. Mary’s church, the historic Town Hall – discover the city with a tour guide. Guided tours also with costumed guides (tour with a sutler, a Hanse merchant’s wife, tour with a night-watchman or a police officer from the beginning of the 19th century and much more). Tours are available in 17 languages.
Private tour of the brewery Brauberger
The olnly remaining brewery in Lübeck. It’s difficult to resist this temptation, especially for all those who love beer! We show you how Lübeck’s Zwickelbier is brewed in copper kettles and afterwards we simply invite you to enjoy – fresh beer and a traditional brewery meal in a unique atmosphere amongst the copper kettles.
Rotspon red wine tasting
Tasting of Rotspon – the Bordeaux wine that matures in Lübeck. The beginning of the red wine trade in Lübeck dates back to the 13th century. At that time the first ships of the Hanseatic League sailed to the French coast in order to buy Bordeaux wine.
Seaside resort of Travemünde
The four-masted barque Passat. Private visit of the Passat - the last true Cape Horn sailing ship, which has become the maritime symbol of the Baltic resort of Travemünde. We organize a private guided tour accompanied by maritime snacks and beer on deck.
Private visit of the Füchtingshof courtyard
Füchtingshof is one of the biggest and magnificent courtyards in Lübeck. Since 1639 the courtyard serves as a housing estate for widows of sailors and merchants. One of the rooms usually isn’t open for the public. This is where the superindendent received official guests and also the widows once per year. We organize a private visit of your cruise guests and serve coffee or tea and marzipan pastry.
Private concerts in the Old Town churches
St. Mary’s served as a model for the Gothic brick style of churches in the Baltic region. For the first time, the Gothic cathedral style of France was adapted to the local brick. It also houses the largest mechanical organ in the world. St. Jacob’s has been the church of seafarers since the Middle Ages. The small "Stellwagen organ" is one of the best preserved examples of North German organs from the 16th century. A lifeboat commemorates the sinking of the four-masted barque "Pamir" in 1957. At or St Jacob’s: enjoy a private concert with music of your choice.

New and Adventurous

Stand up Paddling with a view of the Old Town
Get active and enjoy the Old Town from a totally different perspective. This activity is offered in cooperation with Surf Center Lübeck.
Model your own marzipan figures
Try to model a mouse or anything you like from marzipan and treat yourself to the famous marzipan pastry at Café Niederegger.
Private visit of the Glass manufactory Rotter Glass
Since 1870 Rotter produces high quality crystal stemware and glasses. See how the modern collections of hand-crafted crystal designs are made and enjoy a drink and a snack here.
Culinary tours off the beaten track
Discover what Lübeck has to offer while walking the small streets and mingling with the people who live in Lübeck. Follow your guide through cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways. Step inside galleries and manufactories And enjoy tasty handmade treats in typical, but hidden Old Town places.
Canoeing on Lübeck's canals
Lübeck is a fantastic starting point for diversified paddle boat trips. Because the Old Town is completey surrounded by water, it's great fun to get active and combine the useful and the pleasant.
Individual audio city walk
Individual tours with the iGuide for a walk through the beautiful UNESCO - Old Town of Lübeck or the seaside resort of Travemünde to discover its glamorous past. Two guests can share one device as it has two sockets for earphones.
E-boat trips - be the captain
Enjoy a boat trip along the small canals of Lübeck. Tour around the Old Town in your electric boat. There's space for 6 persons.


Lübeck und Travemünde Marketing GmbH
Barbara Schwartz
Head of Marketing and Content Management
Lübecker Hanfengesellschaft mbH
Nils Willert
Administration Manager Terminal Skandinavienkai Phone: +49 4502 807-2102 Mobile: +49 170 5610262
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D-23570 Lübeck-Travemünde, Germany