Germany Trip Plan:
Travemünde and Lübecker Christmas flair "Lübsche Weihnacht"!

Germany trip plan: Travemünde and Lübecker Christmas flair
Travemuende
[ source: www.travemuende.de/]

Travemünde is one of the largest ferry ports in Europe and a seaside resort since 1802. With its cozy old-town lanes and historic facades along the Trave River, it is in fact the pearl of the Baltic. Join in the festive season with its Christmas markets and unique traditions.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 6 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Hamburg Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Travemünde is one of the largest ferry ports in Europe and a seaside resort since 1802. With its cozy old-town lanes and historic facades along the Trave River, it is in fact the pearl of the Baltic. Join in the festive season with its Christmas markets and unique traditions.

The district of Travemünde is fondly referred to as Lübeck\'s fair daughter. A broad white sandy beach, over 200 years of history as a seaside resort and being Germany\'s largest port on the Baltic, give this haven at the mouth of the Trave river its special maritime charm. Despite visible transformations Travemünde retains its unique atmosphere. With the 100-year-old promenade, the large Brügmann gardens directly adjacent to the sea, the sailing docks and the casino, this location has more distinctive character than any newer bathing resorts along the coast.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $440 for 2 persons / 6 days
Admissions: starting at $300 for 2 persons / 6 days
Car Rental: starting at $360 / 6 days
Gas: starting at $200 / 6 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1300 / 6 days
 4 persons, starting at $1575 / 6 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Old town with St.-Lorenz-Church, CC- Fragwuerdig
[ source: Wikipedia]

Your beautiful vacation apartment with views of the Baltic Sea and the beach, only 150 meters away, will set you in the right mood for a beautiful week to come. Make yourself home and discover your new surroundings and give local delicacies your first try.


Day 2: Maritime Travemünde

Day 2: Maritime Travemünde
Maritime Travemuende
[ source: www.travemuende.de/]

Travemünde is a beach resort with history. The town was founded in 1187 by Count Adolf III zu Schauenburg, who recognized the strategic value of its site at the junction of the River Trave and the Baltic Sea. In 1329, Lübeck bought the village and its castle, thereby securing access to the Baltic for international trade. Fishing was the village's main source of income until the late 18th Century, when tourism entered the picture. Stroll through cozy old-town lanes with its numerous cafes, boutiques and historic facades along the Trave River and visit the picturesque lighthouse from 1539, which is the oldest German lighthouse at the Baltic coast. The Maritime tower with itsRestaurant in the Clouds, nearly 120 meters above ground level, offers extended views to the old town and all the way across the bay of Lübeck. Another attraction of Travemünde is the Passat, a four-mast museum sailing ship anchored in the mouth of the Trave River. It is a sister ship to the Peking which is anchored off Manhattan in New York. Do not miss the Oldest House, a fishing cottage from the late 1500s and enjoy a visit to the Seebadmuseum Travemünde, a maritime museum which documents the towns development as a seaside resort and shipyard location, and displays the history for the development of sea planes, including Dornier.


Day 3: Lübsche Wiehnacht, Christmas Markets in Lübeck

Day 3: Lübsche Wiehnacht, Christmas Markets in Lübeck
City hall and market square Luebeck, GNU- Thomas Moeller
[ source: Wikipedia]

Lübeck, the Queen of the Hanseatic League, is a historic city on the Baltic coast, about 12 miles south of Travemünde. Its UNESCO-listed old town has more than half a dozen Christmas markets. Scandinavia draws large numbers of tourists and shoppers who arrive by ferry in Travemünde. If you order a sausage or hot spiced wine in English, the locals will probably assume you're a visiting Swede or Finn. In the city center, you'll find Christmas Markets on the town hall square, along Breite Strasse, and a few short blocks away in the Koberg square, where the Christmas market offers a Ferris Wheel and other amusement rides. Just outside the city center, a Christmas market by the railway station and the Linden arcades is also open during a season that runs from late November until right before Christmas.The St. Petri Church has a handicrafts market inside the church from late November until mid-December. While you're there, allow time for an elevator ride up the church tower to enjoy a magnificent aerial view of the city. Another Christmas Market is held in the town center at the Marien-Church behind Lübeck's medieval city hall with costumed performers enhancing the old-fashioned atmosphere. The German Association for Women and Culture sponsors a handicrafts market inside the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, a charitable institution that was founded in 1286. This market runs for a little over two weeks in late November to early December. This market is worth visiting for the romantic medieval setting alone! Note: Lübeck has a busy calendar of musical performances and other special events during the Advent season, so you can easily find plenty of things to do besides Christmas shopping and sightseeing.


Day 4: Port City Travemünde

Day 4: Port City Travemünde
Ferry in Travemuende
[ source: www.travemuende.de/]

More than any other Baltic resort, shipping has made a lasting mark in Travemünde. The large ferries bound for Scandinavia are visible everywhere as they sail up the Trave. Shipping companies offer inexpensive excursions from Travemünde to Scandinavia. Information about these trips can be obtained direct from the new Hafenhaus. If you just want to sniff a little Baltic Sea air, you can embark from the Trave promenade. One-hour Baltic trips leave every hour in the summer and several times daily during the rest of the year. These tours are very popular, with on-board shopping and dining facilities. The boats make a detour to Scandinavia Quay, giving passengers an impressive view of the two-kilometer quay and the ferries. If you are looking for something more luxurious, cruise ships also tie up directly at the Trave promenade. Baltic cruises on the dreamboat MS Deutschland for example, also depart from Travemünde. The MS Sven Johannsen offers harbor and coastal trips during the season. Another boat, the MS Maritima, has one-hour harbor rides, or you might consider a journey up the River Trave to Lübeck. Special tip for cold days: in winter, a hot punch served on the sea promenade is an unforgettable experience. In the evening you might like to try your luck at the casino, which opened its doors in 1825. Here you can play blackjack or roulette beneath colossal chandeliers. The ground floor also boasts a slot-machine saloon, where one-armed bandits offer the tantalizing prospect of big jackpots.


Day 5: Buddenbrook-House in Travemünde

Day 5: Buddenbrook-House in Travemünde
Buddenbrook-Haus in Travemuende
[ source: Wikipedia]

The Buddenbrooks, the novel of the century, was written by Thomas Mann and published in the year 1900. It portrays the downfall of a wealthy mercantile family of Lübeck over four generations. To learn more about the author and the background of the story, take the opportunity and visit the Museum Buddenbrookhaus.

Then, if you like to try the freshest fish available you should visit Fischermen's Harbour. Stroll along very beautiful and typical former fishermen and sailor cottages at Torstraße, Rose and Kurgartenstraße, turn to your right from Jahrmarktstraße into the street Baggersand and you will reach your destination. There you can buy fresh fish directly from board or satisfy your appetite straight away with one of the delicious fish sandwiches. Many pubs, bars and restaurant offer a great choice of local dishes, drinks and live music for every taste. Herrmannshöhe Restaurant and Cafe is the classic place of excursions in Travemünde, which offers a fantastic view on the Baltic Sea. You have the choice between regional specialties, freshly caught fish and a huge selection of delicious cake!


Day 6: Departure

Day 6: Departure
Old town with Priwall-Ferry, GNU- Godewind
[ source: Wikipedia]

Time passes quickly when you are having fun and today it is time to pack your bags and catch your flight back home. If you have some time left take a seat at Cafe Niederegger. Enjoy a last view of Trave River and indulge your appetite in marzipan cake, marzipan-flavored iced coffee or one of the many freshly prepared breakfast specials.


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Lübeck

Lübeck
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Travemünde

Travemünde
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