Lubeck by Private Van & Guide
- Holsten Gate: With a sagging arched entrance that causes its round towers with conical roofs to lean into each other.
- Hospice of the Holy Spirit: Explore the chapel of one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, a spacious Gothic hall with paintings from the 13th and 14th centuries.
- Niederegger Cafe: Discover the secrets of marzipan at this famed Lubeck salon. Watch the sweet almond confection being made and see miniature marzipan works of art.
- Totally Private: Hey we love group tours. But we know sometimes you want to explore with just your friends and family. Customized to fit your whole crew - up to seven. Just let us know if you want to invite more peeps.
- Depart and return from the Port of Travemunde.
About this Travemunde tour
As you stroll the cobbled streets of Lubeck, you might feel as if you're in the midst of a Gothic fairytale. There are gabled churches, historic houses, and one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Heavily damaged by Allied bombing in WWII, the city spent many decades and millions of Deutschemarks restoring its medieval buildings. Mission accomplished: UNESCO declared the place a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Lubeck is also the hometown of Thomas Mann, the writer whose first novel, Buddenbrooks, earned him the Nobel Prize. Two rooms from this epic story have been completely recreated at Buddenbrookhaus, creating the experience of a walk-in novel. Both Thomas and his brother, the equally renowned novelist Heinrich Mann, were outspoken critics of the Nazis, exiling themselves to the U.S. until after the war.
Thomas Mann never returned to Germany, so he never again laid eyes on Lubeck's Town Hall, said to be one of the most beautiful in Germany. The three gabled houses at its core were first built on the marketplace in 1230. Inside you'll find a grand hall that was once its courtroom. The doors are of different heights, and that's deliberate. The tall door was for defendants who'd been acquitted, but those who'd been found guilty had to remove their hats and exit through the low door: a medieval walk of shame.
The fake frescoes of St. Mary's
In 1951, Lothar Malskat was one of several artists commissioned to restore the medieval frescoes inside bomb-damaged St. Mary's Church (which you'll see on this tour). Praised for his "restorations," Malskat announced that he had repainted the frescoes entirely and demanded that the authorities charge him with fraud, apparently seeking recognition of his skill. The 18 months he spent in prison did not help his career.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring some small coins for the bathroom (some public restrooms require a small payment which promotes cleanliness). Don't miss the opportunity to taste some original Niederegger Marzipan (a local treat).
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. Plan to walk for over 2 hours.
Private Tour, Walking Tour, Family Friendly, Cultural
English, French, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Must be at least 4'8" tall to participate in this activity.
Suitable for travelers weighing up to 350 lbs.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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