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Lübeck: 1-Hour Splash Bus City Tour

1. Lübeck: 1-Hour Splash Bus City Tour

Enjoy a unique attraction in Lübeck: Splashtour, a bus that transforms into a boat.  The captain will greet you at the bus stop and take you on a journey through his hometown, mixing personal stories with historical facts to make this a truly special experience. This ride will give you a completely different view of the city. On this 1-hour tour, you'll see the most interesting and beautiful corners of the Hanseatic city. The highlight is the spectacular splash, when this bus suddenly becomes a ship and drives you along the Trave, past the picturesque skyline of Lübeck. Enjoy the live commentary in German, giving you insights on Lübeck's history, glory days, and most famous inhabitants. Travel through the Lübeck harbor and around the historic old town. From the water, you can see all main sights including the 7 towers of Lübeck, the Holsten Gate, countless bridges, the romantic garden district, and the historic houses of the old town. From the road, glimpse into everyday live in Lübeck, passing unique little shops, historic houses, and countless sights.

Lübeck: 1-Hour City Cruise in German

2. Lübeck: 1-Hour City Cruise in German

Experience the most beautiful sights in Lübeck, and admire the city's mesmerizing skyline on this sightseeing cruise. Relax onboard the comfortable boat, equipped with a minibar and a bathroom, while enjoying fascinating live commentary in German. Learn about the glory days of Lübeck, explore its history, and hear stories about the city's most famous inhabitants.  This 1-hour cruise takes you through the harbor and around the historic old town. See Lübeck's main sights from the water, including the seven towers of the city, Holsten Gate, the romantic garden district, and the houses of old town. Your captain will take you on a journey through his home-town, mixing personal stories with historical facts to make this a truly special experience.

Kiel: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Kiel: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Experience the maritime atmosphere of Kiel from a different perspective with a 24-hour ticket for the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Marvel at the boats in the port from the open-top bus, and travel to the extreme end of the North Sea-Baltic Canal to visit the former fishing village of Kiel-Holtenau. Look at the many sailboats, ferries and freighters in the Kiel Fjord. Due to the natural seawater harbor, the imposing offshore ferries and cruise ships can be seen directly in the city. An informative and live audio commentary will provide you with information about Kiel's history and monuments, as well as interesting facts about the vibrant city along the way. See the distinctive towers of the shipyards and submarine memorial at Laboe from the eastern shore. Journey through the locks of the Kiel Canal, before driving through the former fishing village of Holtenau. Admire the Holtenauer Lighthouse, and get panoramic views of City Hall Tower in the distance. See the tower of the Kiel Opera House and the ruins of Kiel Castle. Return to the city center to walk among the fountains of Hiroshima Park, and discover a former estuary at the Kleinen Kiel. Route: Stop 1 - Hauptbahnhof Stop 2 - Schwedenkai Stop 3 - Ostseekai  Stop 4 - Reventloubrucke Stop 5 - HerthastraBe Stop 6 - NOK Schleuse Stop 7 - NOK Kanalfahre Stop 8 - RankestraBe  Stop 9 - Holtenauer StraBe

Sylt: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour by Bus

4. Sylt: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Explore the island of Sylt onboard a comfortable bus and learn about the island on a guided tour. Travel from Trift to stunning locations like the seaside resort area of Braderup, the quaint villages of Keitum and Tinnum, and the lake and mud flats of Rantum. Hop aboard the spacious bus in Trift and relax on the scenic drive to through Wenningstedt to the shifting sand dune area of Kampen. Stop for a short break at the Königshafen restaurant in List. Visit the northernmost Gosch fish shop in List. Continue to the Hörnumer Odde nature preserve where you can purchase a boat trip with an Adler ship and admire the lush Hörnumer Odde preserve. Soak up the local small town charm as you pass through Braderup, Keitum, Munkmarsch, and Tinnum. Head back to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Lübeck: 10-City-Highlights Scavenger Hunt

5. Lübeck: 10-City-Highlights Scavenger Hunt

A modern city rally awaits you, during which you will tackle tricky puzzles whilst uncovering interesting information. From the very first task, you will be already immersed in a world full of hidden clues and mysterious hints. You'll actively communicate with each other, getting closer to each other as you enrich your peers with your knowledge. You decide when you start and finish your adventure, completely independent of travel guides and groups. To participate, you only require a smartphone with an active internet connection. After you redeem your voucher for this city quest on the homepage, your guides will immediately send you a start link via mail. From there you can start the scavenger hunt by accessing the link through your smartphone. You will follow the route that takes you from one showplace to the next, answering clever questions and solving tricky puzzles on the way. During this tour, you will visit sights such as Puppenbrücke, Holsten Gate, Love Bridge, the Slums-quarter, Lübeck Cathedral, the St. Petri Church, the St. Maria church, and Town Hall. If you have trouble solving a task, you can use the system to get multiple clues and even display the correct answer. Of course, you are free to use the internet as a source of knowledge. At the end of each task you will receive exciting information and entertaining stories about the relevant sight.

Lübeck: Backyards and Town Houses Private Guided Tour

6. Lübeck: Backyards and Town Houses Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Holsten Gate then head out onto the streets of Lübeck for your private, guided tour. Appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site, the city is renowned for its Gothic brick architecture and centuries-old buildings. Stroll through the narrow streets, past romantic houses, and local craft stalls as you discover the beautiful old town of Lübeck. Admire the typical architecture of this Hanseatic city displayed through the array of house signs and gables. Follow your guide through small courtyards, alleyways, secluded spots, and low passages, listening to fascinating insight into the living conditions of the citizens along the way. Learn about the historical ‘angel pit’, and why it has nothing to do with so-called heavenly messengers, and discover what’s so special about the street lamps in the city. Finally, stroll past the pilgrim church of St. Jakobi before ending the tour at Heiligen-Geist-Hospital to admire its striking little turrets.

Lübeck: Historical Tour in the Footsteps of the Hansa

7. Lübeck: Historical Tour in the Footsteps of the Hansa

Immerse yourself in the history of the Hanseatic League in beautiful Lübeck and discover the old town with its narrow alleys and typical stepped gables. Learn how the Hanseatic League grew from a connection of merchant guilds to a confederation of cities, which in its heyday included about 300 maritime and inland cities in Northern Europe from Riga to Bruges.  Start at the historic Holstentor, one of four city fortification gates at this wall passage alone. Stroll past the salt storehouses and the Trave Harbour. Go through the Große Petersgrube, one of Lübeck's oldest streets with beautiful old brick and stepped-gable buildings. See St. Mary's Church, which was the model for numerous churches in the Hanseatic cities in the Baltic region. Passing by the Buddenbrook House of the Mann family, you'll finally reach the venerable Schiffergesellschaft guild hall, where the sailors of the Hanseatic League used to stop by. The tour ends at the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, one of the oldest social institutions of Lübeck, where you can take a look into one or two romantic backyards.

Lübeck: Classic Tour of the Hanseatic City

8. Lübeck: Classic Tour of the Hanseatic City

Discover the Hanseatic city of Lübeck with its unparalleled architecture, especially significant to its appointment as the first German UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. See the unique skyline of Lübeck, decorated with the 5 main churches, the world-famous "Holstentor" (Holsten Gate) and the brick "Kaufmannshäuser" (merchants' houses), all signifiers of the hundred-year-long history of this Baltic Sea city. Hear interesting stories about the history of the city. Begin at the famous Holsten Gate and continue to the "Salzspeicherhäusern," past the former industrial heart of the city, the Port of Lübeck. Continue to the famous town hall with its traditional Hanseatic architecture and history, then to the sweet "Teufelchen" and St. Mary's Church. Conclude the tour with a stroll through the famous streets and the decorated houses at Buddenbrook-Haus.

Kiel: Harbor Scavenger Hunt with GPS and Radio

9. Kiel: Harbor Scavenger Hunt with GPS and Radio

Discover the Port of Kiel with a modern scavenger hunt and enjoy the maritime flair of the city. You will start your tour at the Bahnhof Kiel, from where you will enjoy an exciting tour by foot and ferry in small teams of at least 2 people. With your GPS device you'll come across many local sights, such as the cruise terminal, the freight terminals, and the beautiful Kieler Förde. With luck you'll even find geocaches. You'll always have contact to the organizer and the other teams (in the event of multiple groups), with certain tasks only possible to be completed with the help of the organizer or other teams. As you will be using public radio frequencies don't be surprised when harbor workers or crews use the same frequency. You can choose from 2 different routes. The routes travel through the most beautiful parts of the harbor, which guarantee beautiful photographs and some peace away from the crowds.

Lübeck: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

10. Lübeck: Architecture and Local Craft Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Holstentor then head out onto the streets of Lübeck for your private, guided tour. Appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site, the city is renowned for its Gothic brick architecture and centuries-old buildings. With your local guide, discover the wonders of Lübeck as you wander through the city’s quaint streets, admiring magnificent church buildings, playfully decorated townhouses, and more. During the tour, learn about Lübeck’s original street system, the artificial expansion of the construction areas in the Middle Ages, sagging houses, modern gable alterations, and Lübeck’s world-famous churches. One of the many highlights of the tour includes a stroll through the town market place, where you can marvel at the town hall and the famous Ratskirche St. Marienchurch. Then, pass through the Baroque Buddenbrockhaus until you reach the Glockengießerstraße, where you can see several passages and courtyards and learn about their history and construction. Visit a local merchant’s house too, and listen to fascinating insight about brick-making and why mastering this craft was so important to Lübeck and it's inhabitants. Last but certainly not least, enjoy a trip to the mighty Holstentor, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

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I had a lot of fun with my 14 and 16 year old daughters searching, tinkering, solving and enjoying background information. It's great that you can determine the pace and the breaks yourself. We only couldn't solve 1 puzzle, but that wasn't bad. Highly recommend it. A wonderful, beautiful, successful day !!!

The tour was in German . The tour guide was extremely funny and well informed. If you don’t speak German, this tour isn‘t for you. You can order drinks on board. Beer/Beer/mix oder soft drinks. We enjoyed the cruise very much!!

The bus driver was able to give us a tip on where to get off, namely the ferry stop to cross over there.

Very interesting and detailed. Beautiful details and insights into Lübeck.

Thanks for the nice tour guide. All questions were answered very well.