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Listed under Medieval Towns in Lübeck, Germany.

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Known as the 'Queen of the Hanse', this former Hanseatic port, once the largest in Germany, was heavily damaged during WW2 but has since been meticulously restored. A history of literary culture (notably Gunter Grass and Thomas Mann) gives the city a refined air - a great place to come in summer for open air coffee shop culture and classical music concerts. The Schleswig-Holstein classical music festival runs here throughout August. It's also a great jumping off point for visiting the idyllic Schleswig-Holstein countryside, peppered with fine country estates, castles, and laid back baltic beach resorts such as Hohwacht.

Don't miss a visit to the reconstructed Marienkirche, destroyed in 1942. During the raid by the RAF the huge bells crashed down to the floor, where they remain today where they fell, a mass of twisted metal. Nearby is the famous nail cross of Coventry, made from salvaged metal from Coventry Cathedral, destroyed by the Luftwaffe. A moving twin monument to the war.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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Hanseatic City of Lübeck

Lübeck – the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League – was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. It has remained a centre for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered.

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