Lübeck really deserves the status of cultural capital of the north of Germany. In 1987, the UNESCO listed its unique townscape as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Lubeck used to be termed 'The Queen of Hanseatic League.'
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.
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