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Lübeck Hospital of the Holy Ghost, copyright Lübeck und Travemünde Tourist-Service GmbH
Lübeck has a medieval atmosphere and many sites of cultural and historical interest: the Holsten Gate, St. Mary's Church, the town hall and historic administration building (Kanzleigebäude), alleyways and courtyards, the four-mast barque “Passat” that has become the symbol of Travemünde, the Hospital of the Holy Ghost and St. Peter's Church, whose tower offers awe-inspiring views over the town. There is also the marzipan salon which tells the story of the popular Lübeck delicacy.
Holsten Gate
This massive, 15th-century fortification with its twin towers is Lübeck's famous landmark. It is a reminder not only of the military strength of the “queen of the Hanseatic League” but also of her self-assurance. Its permanent exhibition in the Museum of City History is devoted to Lübeck merchant life in the late Middle Ages and early modern period.
St. Mary's Church
This triple-naved basilica is a distinctive and hugely impressive brick building. With a central nave almost 40 metres in height and two towers rising to 125 metres, it is the third-largest church in Germany and the highest brick vaulted construction in the world. St. Mary's Church was the first example of Gothic-style architecture using local brick instead of natural stone, and it became a model for numerous Gothic brick churches all over the Baltic region.
Buddenbrooks House
The Buddenbrooks House at Mengstrasse 4 opposite St. Mary's Church owes its fame to Thomas Mann's novel “Die Buddenbrooks”. Behind the historical façade is the modern Heinrich and Thomas Mann Centre - the natural location for experiencing the life and work of the two Mann brothers. The permanent exhibition on the ground floor illustrates the relationship between Thomas and Heinrich Mann and their associations with their home town of Lübeck. Special exhibitions, seminars, film and video screenings and readings take place on the upper and lower ground floors.
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