I’m sure most of you have heard about the enchanting Hanseatic city of Hamburg, and if not, head over to my post 6 Free things to do in Hamburg to find out more about it. As much as I love this city, I must also say you can also find beautiful day trips close by. Each one of them has a different charm and are definitely worth a visit, even if it’s just a short one.
Less than 2 hours by bus (I always use Flixbus when moving around Europe) is this beautiful city with an almost intact Old Town after World War II, unlike many places around Europe. Germany was one of the most affected by this conflict, but it’s still good to see how human stupidity didn’t take everything away from us.
The main attraction is the romantic Castle which you can find on a little island on the Schwerin lake. It was originally house of Dukes, and nowadays it’s used as the State parliament. There is a fee to go inside but it’s free to visit the gardens in the back, which are blooming in spring time and have great views to the lake.
More than half of the city is surrounded by lakes. You can relax next to them or even go swimming in the summer.
After visiting it two times, I can firmly say my favorite part of it is the Schnoor. A neighborhood in Bremen preserving its medieval character, full of colorful houses, narrow streets and wonderful objects everywhere.
At the Marktplatz you will find the most iconic buildings like the Rathaus (Town Hall) and Sankt Petri Cathedral (worth a visit inside if you find it open). Another landmark in the city is the statue of the town musicians: a donkey, a dog, a cat and a farm cock one on top of another and you have several versions of it around the city. If you ask around to the locals you’ll surely find someone who tells you the interesting story behind it.
It only takes 1 hour and a half to get there by bus from Hamburg.
As I always say, when visiting a new city what I like to do most is walk around and discover the city’s secrets, and Lübeck is full of them! Little alleys and courtyards, beautiful houses and churches. The city is called “City of the Seven Spires” because of the towers of the churches that are characteristic of its landscape, and also beautiful if you go inside.
The most famous sight is the Holsten gate at the entrance of the old town and if you go in the towers you can find a lot of information about it.
The shortest way to get to Lübeck is by train, the DB only takes about 45 minutes to get there.
Have you been to these places? What other places close to Hamburg would you recommend?