Lübeck, officially the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, is a city in Northern Germany. Lübeck is the second-largest city on the German Baltic coast and in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, and is the 35th largest city in Germany. The city lies in Holstein, north-east of Hamburg, on the mouth of the River Trave, which flows into the Bay of Lübeck in the borough of Travemünde, and on the Trave's tributary Wakenitz. The city is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, and is the south-westernmost city on the Baltic, as well as the closest point of access to the Baltic from Hamburg. The port of Lübeck is the second-largest German Baltic port after the port of Rostock. The city lies in the Northern Low Saxon dialect area of Low German.
Lübeck is famous for having been the cradle and the de facto capital of the Hanseatic League. Its city centre is Germany's most extensive UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the city's symbol is the Holsten Gate, Lübeck's skyline is dominated by the seven towers of its five main churches St Mary's, Lübeck Cathedral, St Jacob's, St Peter's, and St Giles'. Travemünde is a famous seaside resort, and its Maritim high-rise serves as the second-tallest lighthouse in the world at 114 metres (374 ft) high. Lübeck is also known for Lübeck Marzipan.
Travemünde on the Baltic Sea has the city's main port, The Scandinavienkai with ferry routes to Malmö, Sweden; Trelleborg, Sweden; Liepāja, Latvia; Helsinki, Finland and Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is the second-biggest German port on the Baltic Sea. Lübeck Airport is located in the south of Lübeck in the town of Blankensee. It provides regional flights to Munich and Stuttgart and some charter flights to Italy and Croatia.
Lübeck has a population of over 216,253 people. Lübeck also forms part of the wider Hamburg metropolitan area which has a population of over 5,300,000 people. Lübeck is the #185 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.5645 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.
Lübeck is twinned with: Kotka, Finland • La Rochelle, France • Wismar, Germany • Klaipėda, Lithuania • Gotland, Sweden. Lübeck also has friendly relations with: Venice, Italy • Kawasaki, Japan • Shaoxing, China.