Hanseatic City of Lübeck - World Cultural Heritage and Gate to the Baltic
Lübeck is the hub of an extremely lively, major city with roughly 215,000 inhabitants. UNESCO declared the water-enclosed Old Town to be a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987. It is a 10-15 minute walk to the Old town from the conference venue.
After 1800 Lübeck’s reputation as “marzipan city” emerged, you can buy now marzipan treats in the city centre. The city is twinned with five partner cities from the Baltic Sea region including Kotka (Finland), the port city of Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Visby (Sweden).
City of Nobel Prize Winners
Lübeck is proud to claim three Nobel Prize winners among its residents:
- Thomas Mann (1875-1955 / Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929), the writer was born here and called the city at the river Trave his home for 18 years.
- Willy Brandt (1913-1992 / Nobel Peace Prize in 1971), the politician was also born in Lübeck and spent his formative years here as well.
- Günter Grass (born in Danzig in 1927 / Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999), the writer moved to Lübeck at the age of 68. Günter Grass mentioned three reasons for his attachment to the city of Lübeck, where he has lived for years: "Thomas Mann, Danzig and Willy Brandt."
Living on the waterfront
The Old Town of Lübeck is enclosed by rivers and canals. There are 210 bridges to connect the Old Town Island with the rest of Lübeck. Many historic bridges remind inhabitants and tourists of “Little Venice”.
Lübeck may have an old history but, at the same time, it is a young and modern city! The city port and also Euroope’s largest ferry port in Lübeck-Travemünde pay testimony to the fact that time has not stood still.