The landmark of the City of the 7 Spires! Beside the Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady in Munich, the Holsten Gate is the most famous German building in the world.
The Holsten Gate became the proud symbol of Lübeck as a free imperial city. But it's not just the exterior that's a popular subject for photos. The "Holsten Gate Museum" is housed within the famous monument displaying the history of the Hanseatic League, trade, power and wealth. Ultimately, this is what formed the basis of the Lübeck merchants' success, which, in turn, influenced the importance of the medieval city. Visitors can discover the exhibition «The Power of Trade» together with historic ship models, suits of armour, weapons, legal instruments and articles of merchandise inside the building.
Built according to Dutch models between 1464 and 1478 by Hinrich Helmstede from Lübeck, the council's master builder, the Holsten Gate served both as a form of defence and as a form of prestige.
The imposing building is a twin-towered construction with a round-arched gateway entrance. Above the arch is an inscription CONCORDIA DOMI FORIS PAX (unity at home, peace abroad) in golden letters.
Most visitors are amazed by the extreme way it leans and the sunken south tower. The reason for this lies in the foundation work dating from the 15th century. As only the towers are standing on a "gridiron" with the heavy middle tract resting on them, the towers unevenly subsided into the marshy ground.
In 1863, the Gate looked an appalling sight. With a majority of just one single vote, the city parliament decided to restore the gate and began extensive restoration efforts. It wasn't until 1933/34 that this movement could be stopped. Most recent work was carried out between 2004 and 2006. Here, the slate roof, terracotta frieze and parts of the brickwork were replaced.
Two majestic lions stand in front of the Holsten Gate guarding the city.
Permanent Exhibition The Power of Trade
Jan - March: Tues - Sun 11 am - 5 pm
April - Dec: Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Adults € 8.00
Reduced € 4.00
Children € 2.50
You will find a complete price list here.
Holsten Gate Museum
Holstentorplatz, 23552 Lübeck
Tel.: +49 (0) 4 51/1 22 41 29
Tip: Tourist Information terrace with views of the Holsten Gate