Land ahoy!

On the water around Lübeck

The water will carry you. Always.

Discover the wonderful backdrop of the Old Town from the water on a relaxing boat trip and take time to enjoy the moment. Take a trip around the harbour and the canal with a river cruise ship on the Trave and listen to the captain’s yarns – classically told as of old – over coffee and cake. Or you can take charge yourself and rent an electric boat, canoe or an SUP in order to plot your own course on the peaceful leisure-time waters. What could be more beautiful than to feel the gentle current of the Trave and be your own captain. If you feel like it, you can even go right around the historic Old Town island and discover the town all over again from the water.


Treasures in the Museum Harbour

On your voyage of discovery, you will pass the tranquil Museum Harbour on Untertrave. Lovingly restored, traditional sailing ships are lined up here like a row of pearls, and sometimes in pairs when times are busy. With their proud masts, burnished brass and wooden ship planks, they are real gems at the quayside and genuine witnesses to another era of shipping. These storm-tested oldtimer sailing ships have found their safe haven in Lübeck but still look for the occasional adventure and set out to sea for a group charter or regatta. If you wish to, you can help to sail one too – sailors’ yarns thrown in!

A ship in harbour is safe, but that’s not what it’s built for.


The lightship FEHMARNBELT

You can also admire the historical lightship FEHMARNBELT and a reproduction of the Hanseatic ship LISA VON LÜBECK, in their berths against the picturesque backdrop of the Old Town and go on board when they go out to sea. Tip: you can get the best view of the harbour from Drehbrückenplatz which tempts you to watch the ships and idle the time away.

Lisa von Lübeck

The Lisa von Lübeck is a very special treasure in Lübeck’s harbour. Lübeck patroness Lisa Dräger had the idea for this reconstruction of an old carrack and she also gave it her name. A carrack or caravel was a more modern type of ship than a cog, had more stowage room and was able to sail close to the wind. It took around 5 years to build the 35 m ship. Most of the year, the Lisa lies at anchor in Lübeck harbour. During the season, this proud three-master takes part in numerous maritime events and can also be chartered for events.

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