City gate of Lübeck.
The capital of the Hanseatic League, this pristine medieval city of brick merchant houses and copper-spired churches enclosed on an island by the Trave has been listed by UNESCO since 1987. Lübeck is still the largest German port on the Baltic Sea.
Home of the Nobel-prize winners Thomas Mann and Günter Grass, Lübeck has top-notch literary museums dedicated to each author.
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