Guided Tour: Historic Lubeck and Scharbeutz

8 Hours
Private Activity

From (USD) $1,535 Per Vehicle

Guided Tour: Historic Lubeck and Scharbeutz

8 Hours
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From (USD) $1,535 Per Vehicle

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      Guided Tour: Historic Lubeck and Scharbeutz

      Hamburg, Germany
      From (USD) $1,535 Per Vehicle
      • Walking tour of Lubeck: After an hour-long drive through scenic northern Germany, you'll arrive in Lubeck. Follow along the cobblestone alleyways past posh merchant residences of the 18th and 19th centuries with your expert guide as you admire the charming brick Gothic architecture of this Hanseatic port city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Lubeck sites: Holsten Gate is one of Germany's most famous sites. This 15th-century gate, with its two round spires, used to protect Lubeck; now it's a symbol of the city, complete with a museum inside. The city's five ancient churches and their seven spires dot the skyline. Buddenbrook House, once the home of Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann, is now a literary museum.
      • Scharbeutz: After your Lubeck tour, enjoy lunch on your own before your driver whisks you to the coastal beach town of Scharbeutz on the Bay of Lubeck, just a half-hour away. Settle into an original beach basket (provided) on the white sands or take a refreshing swim in the blue waters of the Baltic Sea. You’ll have roughly 2.5 hours to enjoy the beach and sun yourself.
      • Convenient pick-up and drop-off: Your tour begins and ends in style. A driver will pick you up at your hotel at the beginning of the tour and then takes you back to your hotel or any other point of your choosing in the city center of Hamburg.
      About This Hamburg Tour

      One of the most beautiful beaches in the world is found not in a tropical paradise but in Germany. Scharbeutz, the Baltic beach that you'll visit on this GoBe tour, is a slice of paradise in the Bay of Lubeck in northern Germany.

      One of the unique things about this beach that you won't see in the tropics is the strandkorb. The word, meaning beach basket, is a special all-in-one beach chair, lounger, umbrella, and storage unit that's comfortable and provides protection from the sun. Get ready to settle yourself in when you reach Scharbeutz!

      Like other German beaches, Scharbeutz has both "textile" (clothed) and nude beaches. This recent tradition stems from the reunification of the country. Since 1990, when East Germany and West Germany became one again, Germans discovered that over the course of their 40+ plus years apart, they had developed a few different cultural standards. One of them was their attitude towards nude beaches. East Germans were all for swimming in the altogether (even German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up there, was said to have stripped down in her youth) while West Germans were mostly horrified by it.

      It may seem ironic that the repressive regime in East Germany spawned what is known as Free Body Culture, but it makes sense when you think about it. The people were repressed and controlled in almost every aspect of their lives. Getting naked at the beach was one time they could really be free. Moreover, that style continues today, even though some former West Germans would prefer everyone to keep their clothes on.

      A literary family

      When you visit Buddenbrook (the name borrowed from Thomas Mann's 1901 novel, Buddenbrooks), you'll see that Thomas wasn't the only writer in the family. His daughter Erika married gay poet W.H. Auden to get a visa to flee Nazi Germany. And his brother Heinrich was a radical writer whose work, Professor Unrat, was adapted for the Josef von Steinberg movie The Blue Angel. Heinrich wanted his girlfriend cast for the lead role, but an unknown named Marlene Dietrich got the part instead.

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      Cancellation policy

      Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.

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