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.
Lubeck is renowned for its marzipan industry and wine trade, dating back to old times. Although it is still much obscured by the country's larger cities in terms of tourist activity, lately it has become a discovery for many sightseeing lovers. Those who roamed its quiet narrow streets and alleyways and admired its unique medieval architecture at least once, usually look forward to the day they come here again. Lubeck is a place where tradition and modernity make up a single harmonic whole.
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