Day trip from Hamburg: picturesque Lüneburg

This middle-age city is located 30min from Hamburg. Take a train from Hamburg Central Station (around 15 euros) and go explore Lüneburg! Dated from the year of 956, this city is an open-air museum: one of the few towns in Northern Germany whose historic Centre was not destroyed by the WWII. Gothic style, red bricks and an enchanting architecture are waiting for you there.


Start at the Old Crane (Alter Kran)

Postcard of Lüneburg, the Alter Kran was used in the past to (un-)load boats with goods such as salt (which made Lüneburg one of the richest and most influential cities in northern Germany for a long time).

The Water District

At the Water District you will also find the industrial mill built in 1908, called Abtsmühle. The building is now part of a hotel complex and on the ground floor you can find an Italian bistro. If you cross the bridge at the Abtswasserturm, you will see the Lüner Mill from 1576. The views are romantic and people put their love locks on the bridge.

The old Crane

Water District view – opposite side of the old Crane

View from the Old Crane

Love locks at the Water District

Dancing Children – Life is Beautiful. One of the many sculptures around the city



Go to the St. Nicholas Church

A gothic basilica from 1407, rich in details and history. It was the church for the sailors and salt barrel coopers (a cooper is a person trained to make wooden casks or barrels, for example) from the harbour area. It is located at the Lüner Street.

The huge tower

Inside St. Nicholas Church

View from the back of the church

Stained glass detail



Explore the Am Sande street

Another postcard of the city, Am Sande (in English “on the sand”) was first mentioned in history in 1229. The name Am Sande was given because the place wasn’t fortified when built and as a result, some buildings are crooked.




Visit Pliniana – a lovely antiquary shop

As an antiquary markets lover, Pliniana Antiquariat store was a happy discovery. It is a small, cozy place with a very kind gentleman ready to tell you curious stories. You will need to ring the bell to get in.

Old gems

Paradise for antique books lovers

They have a huge variety of books



Wander through the city

To conclude, allow yourself to appreciate this city’s beauty and details. There’s a water tower (Lüneburg Wasserturm) from 1906 where you can go up (stairs or elevator) to have a nice panoramic view of the city for only 4 Euros. If you have more time, you can visit the Salt Museum and see the Salt Route, a bit far from the city centre.

The busy Grosse Backerstrasse – shopping area

Lovely facades

Salzstraße Am Wasser

The Water Tower with Christmas lights at the top



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