UNESCO World Heritage Site with Town Hall
Lübeck was once the “Queen of the Hanseatic League” and as the President, the Mayor of Lübeck guided the destinies of the medieval Hanseatic League which was never officially founded nor dissolved. The term Hanse refers to a group of merchants who traded together and enjoyed certain privileges abroad. There were Hanseatic cities not only on the coasts of the North Sea and the Baltic Seas, but also inland. The members met annually to make decisions, and 43 of the 67 Hanseatic Days took place in Lübeck, which was positioned geographically favorable. So Lübeck took the leading role in the Hanseatic League. The hub of power was the Town Hall which today is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. Incidentally, the Hanseatic idea lives on in the Hanseatic League of modern times and the Lübeck mayor is still traditionally its foreman.The Town Hall is located right in the heart of the Old Tow. It is one of the most famous Gothic brickwork structures. With its impressive façade, it resembles a fairytale castle. The shape of the building was defined over three centuries: from 1226, a succession of new elements were added, and there were conversions and extensions such as the sandstone arcade, the raising of the striking façade with its distinctive circular holes for improved wind resistance as well as the bay window and impressive grand staircase. The Hanseatic Hall in which meetings of the Hanseatic League were held and the Danzelhus, scene of lavish banquets and dancing, have disappeared over the course of the centuries. However, much has been preserved and a guided tour of the Town Hall will reveal this historical jewel to you in all its beauty.
Even today, the Town Hall, now nearly 800 years old, still performs its role as an administrative headquarters and venue for meetings of Lübeck’s city parliament. Guests are welcome! The Ratskeller restaurant in the vaulted cellars of the Town Hall is one of the oldest in North Germany and then as now it serves as a place for social gatherings. Tip: You can even say your marriage vows in the Town Hall!