Tue, 9 Feb
There’s more to the north of Germany than Hamburg. This tour is designed to help you get to know another of Germany’s Baltic gems: Lübeck – the red-brick gothic city of the Hansa.
We begin in Hamburg, where you’ll be met by one of our professional, local guides and a private driver and vehicle. First up you will explore the historic heart of the city visiting the stunning Town Hall, Deichstrasse and its iconic ‘Kontor’ buildings, the St Nikolai Church (still a burnt-out shell because of devastating allied fire-bombings in WW2), the Trost Bridge (Hamburg’s oldest), the UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt, and the modern architectural splendour of the Elbphilharmonie.
After a short break, it's time to drive to Lübeck (circa 1-1.5 hours) and explore the North Sea city of German literary giants Thomas Mann and Günther Grass. You will walk through the legendary symbol of Lübeck, the Holsten Gate, slumping under its own weight – forgivable, considering it is over 500 years old. Next, we cross over the old city walls to explore the Old Town. You will visit the city’s former economic epicentre at the Old Salt Storehouses, admire the architectural grandeur of St. Peter’s Church and also the imposing Town Hall overlooking the city’s marketplace. Finally, you will have the chance to marvel at the ‘mother of brick Gothic architecture’ – St. Mary’s Church.
We’ll take a short break for shopping and refreshments before returning to Hamburg, where the tour will finish.
You will be met at your hotel by a professional, local guide and a driver with a private vehicle.
First we head to the heart of Hamburg and to the stunning, sky-scraping, neo-renaissance Town Hall.
Next we witness where the Great Fire of 1842 started and see Hamburg’s iconic ‘Kontor building’s.
Moving on we stop to admire one of the finest examples of north German, neo-gothic architecture, and witness the devastation caused by Allied bombing raids in WWII.
As we continue into the heart of the medieval city we cross one of Hamburg’s myriad canals using the oldest bridge in the city.
Next we explore the city’s first UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and the largest warehouse district in the world.
We then visit Hamburg’s state-of-the-art concert hall – a true modern architectural gem and one of the most acoustically advanced concert halls on the planet.
After a short break it’s time to head to the North Sea city of German literary giants Thomas Mann and Günther Grass. The drive takes between 1 and 1.5 hours
Upon our arrival our first stop is Lübeck’s most iconic monument – the colossal red-brick city gate slumping under its own impressive weight.
Entering the Old Town we stop first at the six historic buildings, built between the 16th and 18th centuries, in which salt mined in nearby Lüneberg was stored.
Next we take in some of the finest views of Lübeck, climbing the tower of this gothic hall church turned exhibition and events center.
Next we bathe in the splendour of one of the most beautiful pieces of town hall architecture in all of Germany.
At our final stop we pay tribute to the ‘mother’ of northern German brick gothic architecture.
You will then be driven back to Hamburg and dropped off at your hotel.
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