City walk

Behnhaus Drägerhaus©Katharina Pierre
Behnhaus Drägerhaus©Katharina Pierre

You'll get to know Lübeck's most famous sights on this barrier-free city tour. Visit the Town Hall, Café Niederegger, St. Mary's, the Buddenbrook House, St. Catherine's, the Füchtingshof, the Willy-Brandt-House, the Museum Behnhouse/Drägerhouse (not a guided tour).

Start at the Holsten Gate, the Hanseatic City's imposing landmark. Next to the iron lion is a ramp leading to "Holstentorplatz", the perfect spot to take a holiday snap. Continue up the slope of "Holstenstraße" until you reach Café Niederegger. You can reach the sales room either by going up three steps or by using the rear entrance without steps. The upper floors can be reached using a narrow lift (not suitable for e-wheelchairs). Why not sample the delicious treats and a cup of marzipan-cappuccino in the café. Or trace the history of marzipan in the museum on the 2nd floor. The magnificent Town Hall is directly opposite. Use the entrance without steps on "Breite Straße" to enter the ostentatious audience chamber. By prior arrangement, the City Parliament Chamber on the 1st floor can be reached using the lift at the rear of the Town Hall. Next to the Town Hall, St. Mary's Church is the highest point in the city centre and was used as a model for many religious buildings in the Baltic region. Take a look inside the interior, access is barrier-free. Continue your journey to the Buddenbrook House, an extraordinary museum of literature at the back of St. Mary's. Access to all floors via lift. From the "Breite Straße", turn right into "Pfaffenstraße" - the museum church of St. Catherine's is directly in front, inside can be found a monumental painting by Tintoretto. From "Glockengießerstraße" you can reach Füchtingshof – built in 1639 by the city's Master Builder Andreas Jäger and probably the most beautiful social institution in the city. Back in "Königstraße", the Willy-Brandt-House is close by. Multimedia and interactive services are used with dramatic staging to bring the fascinating history to life. For example, in the German-German living room West and East German television provide conflicting news reports on divided Germany. The various levels in the building can be negotiated using a wheelchair stair climber. The Museum Behnhouse/Drägerhouse is right next door. Lübeck's art collection dating from the 19th and 20th centuries are housed in the magnificent merchant’s houses. Two or three steps need to be negotiated to enter the building and the different levels. The Zimberei restaurant at "Königstraße 5–7" is nearby – the perfect way to round off your sightseeing tour is with a delicious meal. The lunch and evening menus have savoury or fine food on offer.