Kiel (Hamburg), Germany
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Approximately 6 Hours
A 90-minute journey by coach brings you to the Old Town of Lübeck, once known as the Queen of the Hanseatic League. Today, the Free Imperial & Hanseatic City of Lübeck is steeped in history and tradition. An English-speaking escort will accompany you during the coach ride from Kiel to Lübeck, where you will meet your local guide.
Start your walking tour in the Old Town. Located on an oval-shaped island, this is one of the world's most impressive, intact collections of medieval Gothic architecture. Enjoy the medieval ambience of the Altstadt and its well-known Holsten Gate -- a landmark of the city and one of the few relics of the original fortress.
Lübeck's proud old patrician houses and redbrick churches are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pass the Gothic Rathaus (City Hall), among the oldest in Germany, and one of the first old-age homes in Germany -- the Heiligen Geist Hospital.
See Buddenbrooks House -- home of the famous writers Heinrich and Thomas Mann, and your guide will point out some of the city's 82 quaint alleyways.
Visit the Niederegger Café to sample coffee or tea and Niederegger's popular marzipan gateau.
Enjoy some free time to explore the shops in Lübeck or visit St Mary's Church on your own before returning to the ship.
Travel time to Lübeck is approximately 90 minutes each way. An escort will accompany your coach transfer to/from Lübeck and your guide will join you in the city. Tour requires approximately two hours of walking over uneven and cobblestoned surfaces. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Tour operates rain or shine, but may be cancelled by the operator in the event of extremely bad weather or unsuitable conditions. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50 cents - €1 cash. Shops are closed on Sundays and holidays; a few souvenir shops may be open.