Considered the “Queen of the Hanseatic League”
Lübeck in northern Germany is a major Baltic seaport that pulls on its past as the former capital of the powerful trading confederation. Its the first western city on the Baltic Sea and a stop on The Hansa Cultural Route and was founded in 1143. You’ll even find an entirely preserved quarter dating back from the late-13th century, featuring patrician houses, churches and salt warehouses along the left bank of the River Trave, as well as an impressive Old Town of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical buildings. The skyline is dominated by seven church towers — and archaeological findings below ground are just as intriguing, with fortifications of an old Slavic settlement dating back several centuries that sits right on the city’s hill.