The city is placed on the Baltic coast, being one of Germany's major ports and the second largest city in the Schleswig-Holstein state. Its current population is about 214,000 inhabitants.
The city is situated at the Trave River, which bends around its old-town area (the Altstadt), abounding in medieval buildings and churches. The city's architectural ensemble is much defined by the steeples of its churches. Much of its old-time architecture was wiped out during WWII, but later it was successfully reconstructed, bringing back the city's unique enchanting old-day atmosphere.
Lubeck has several museums, such as the St. Annen Museum, the Behnhaus, the Holstentor. Lübeck Museum of Theatre Puppets, etc. With three universities, Lubeck has become a significant education center.
: guide to Lubeck with maps, photos and weather conditions
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