city in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany
The title of this article contains the character ü. Where it is unavailable or not wanted, the name may be written as Luebeck.

Lübeck (Low German: Lübęk, Lübeek; adjective: lübsch, lübisch, at the latest since the 19th century also Lübeck, Latin: Lubeca) is a city in the North of Germany, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. About 210,000 people live there. There is a university there.

Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Hansestadt Lübeck
Holstentor, emblem of the city
Holstentor, emblem of the city
Flag of Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Coat of arms of Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Location of Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Hanseatic City of Lübeck is located in Germany
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Hanseatic City of Lübeck is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Coordinates: 53°52′11″N 10°41′11″E / 53.86972°N 10.68639°E / 53.86972; 10.68639
DistrictUrban districts of Germany
Subdivisions35 Stadtbezirke
 • MayorBernd Saxe (SPD)
 • Governing partiesCDU
 • Total214.13 km2 (82.68 sq mi)
13 m (43 ft)
 • Total215,846
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0451, 04502
Vehicle registrationHL (1906–1937; since 1956)[2]
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Aerial view of the old town
CriteriaCultural: iv
Inscription1987 (11th Session)
Area81.1 ha
Buffer zone693.8 ha

The city's full name is Hansestadt Lübeck (Hanseatic city of Lubeck) in memory of its history. It was an important part in the Hanseatic League. The architecture of the city and the region as well is influenced by this historic period. As the Free City of Lübeck, the city was a state of the Weimar Republic. Other Hanseatic cities today are: Hamburg, Rostock, Wismar, Stralsund, Bremen, Greifswald and Demmin.

The most famous citizen is the author Günter Grass. He won the Nobel Prize in literature.

Luebeck has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Koeppen climate classification).


  1. "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2020 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. Vehicles registered between 1937 and 1956 were given prefixes valid for all of Schleswig-Holstein: "I P" (1937–1945), "S" (1945–1947), "SH" (1947 only), "BS" (1948–1956).

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