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Lübeck (Travemünde), Germany

Rarely will you find mention of Lübeck without reference to brick Gothic architecture, and you’ll understand why the moment you pass through the round towers of the city’s huge brick gate punctuated by soaring conical spires. Lübeck is the birthplace of the Hanseatic League, a powerful alliance of merchants founded in the 12th century that left great cultural and architectural heritage in its wake. Learn about its history at the European Hansemuseum and its cultural impact in the cathedrals and historic houses that tell the story of a city that was home to three Nobel laureates – Thomas Mann, Günter Grass and beloved statesman Willy Brandt.