What to do and see in Luneburg, Germany: The Best Places and Tips

March 26, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Lüneburg (officially the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg, German: Hansestadt Lüneburg, pronounced [ˈhanzəʃtat ˈlyːnəbʊɐ̯k], Low German Lümborg, Latin Luneburgum or Lunaburgum, Old High German Luneburc, Old Saxon Hliuni, Polabian Glain), also called Lunenburg in English, is a town in the German state of Lower Saxony. It is located about 50 km (31 mi) southeast of another Hanseatic city, Hamburg, and belongs to that city's wider metropolitan region. The capital of the district which bears its name, it is home to roughly 77,000 people. Lüneburg's urban area, which includes the surrounding communities of Adendorf, Bardowick, Bleckede, Amelinghausen and Reppenstedt, has a population of around 103,000. Lüneburg has been allowed to use the title "Hansestadt" (Hanseatic Town) in its name since 2007, in recognition of its membership in the former Hanseatic League. Lüneburg is also home to Leuphana University.
Restaurants in Luneburg

1. Historisches Lueneburger Rathaus

Am Ochsenmarkt 1, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4131 2076620
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Historisches Lueneburger Rathaus

Reviewed By Roberts69 - Northampton, United Kingdom

Whilst in Luneburg on a business trip I was fortunate to get to see the 'Rathaus' (town hall) both by night and by day and even though I didn't get chance to go inside it is a very attractive building indeed and one that is a must to witness. When I visited it on a Wednesday morning at about 9am there was a market in full swing that was selling some superb fresh produce.

Bei der Ratsmuhle 19, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4131 7895919
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4.5 based on 252 reviews

Wasserturm Luneburg

Reviewed By sir_meeshoo - Gdynia, Poland

Frankly, the views are not so good. Both the angle and very packed architecture are the reasons that virtually no landmark is clearly visible. One can appreciate a coherent town plan and selection of building materials. It is the fact that one might learn a thing or two about historic water storage and study the tank, valves etc. in detail make it more attractive site than the Panorama itself.

3. Alter Kran

An der Illmenau, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany 104575374054
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Alter Kran

Reviewed By sir_meeshoo - Gdynia, Poland

The surroundings of the crane make it arguably the most charming place in Lüneburg. Great for strolling, eating, taking pictures and relaxing - provided the weather is fine. The crane itself is backed up by history and age, so I would definitely recommend.

4. German Salt Museum

Suelfmeisterstr. 1 | Industrial Monument Saltworks, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4131 7206513
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

German Salt Museum

Reviewed By Fotos82 - Budapest, Hungary

A museum worth of visit if you would like to understand the rise (and fall) of Lüneburg while you do learn basicly everything you need to know about salt.

5. St. John's Church

Bei der St. Johanniskirche 2, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4941 3144542
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

St. John's Church

Reviewed By van_blog - Luneburg, Germany

Nothing spectacular inside, would not recommend to claustrophobic people, entrance is possible only with a tourist guide for a small fee and only on Saturdays (not in winter). The guide is telling interesting things, but the church tower itself is not very spectacular inside. But the main reason to go there is of course the fantastic view of the main Square. This view is much more beautiful if you want to see the Am Sande square as compared to the view from the Water tower (which i would, however, also recommend due to the 360 degree Panorama of the town).

6. Michaeliskirche (St. Michaelis) Lueneburg

Auf dem Michaeliskloster 2b, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Michaeliskirche (St. Michaelis) Lueneburg

Reviewed By Rosie S - Ontario, California, United States

We loved visiting this church. The inside is beautiful and jam packed with amazing art. Definitely worth your time to visit if you're in the area.

7. Kloster Lune

Am Domanenhof, 21339, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4131 52318
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Kloster Lune

Reviewed By Souvik M - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

You don't get many opportunities to see a monastery that is still in action. The nuns in Kloster Lune still work on their tapestries and perform monastic duties - just like they did for over five centuries. The Kloster can only be visited as part of a guided tour. There are two tours - at 2:30 and at 3:30 p.m on all days except Sundays and holidays. Tours are in German but the lady who took us around was really kind and spoke very clearly and slowly so that I could follow with my limited knowledge of the language.
The tour started in the nuns' refectory and we were told about the history of the abbey, the famous abbesses and how the abbey coped with the changes of the Reformation. From the refectory, we visited the beautifully painted kitchen (the colours have their respective significance) with its baroque furniture depicting the saints and the virtues. The abbey has a herb garden that is still in use and an extremely beautiful chapel that possesses a painting by Lucas Cranach. We also got to see the ornate organ and were told how to ring the bells. Then we visited the dark and small cells of the nuns. The richer nuns had better cells by the way. After the tour of the abbey, I visited the tapestry museum and this was a very beautiful experience as I have never seen such beautiful tapestry before.
The Kloster is a good 20-minute walk from downtown Luneburg but the walk through the forest is a very calming experience that kind of prepares you for the serenity of the abbey. There is a cafeteria that serves local food and beer. The garden outside is quite beautiful and I loved the roses. As this is still a functional monastery, you might see people working in the workshops attached to the place. The visit (both the monastery and the tapestry museum) costs 8 euros. Some of the stairs can be difficult to climb. The ceilings were low and we were advised 'demut' or 'humility' as befitting a cloister and so as not to bump our heads!
I am unsure why this placed has not been reviewed here - one doesn't get a chance to visit a fully functioning medieval monastery all that often.

8. Kurpark

Soltauer Str. 11, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Kurpark

Reviewed By Chileaficionada - Hamburg, Germany

Kurpark Lüneburg is a wonderful facility. Since 1907 the park is a place for relaxation and contemplation. It is designed in the tradition of English landscape parks.
Because in Lüneburg there was extracted salt they built a brine concentrating house in the park. The salt water is dripping thru a large framework of blackthorn. So the brine is concentrated and thru wind you can breathe the salt drip air which is very good for the breathing apparatus.
In the park you find a great variety of interesting trees, himalaya birches, catalpa, different species of maples, oaks, beeches, larches and many more. In a sheltered place you find an herb garden with an insects' hotel.
You can lie or play on the lawns or sit on many benches, in the sun, in the shade, at a lake, or play boccia or chess on special places.
There is a stage for Concerts with a nice covered round to sit and an open auditorium. Even a café you find there.
It is always worth to visit for health and relaxation.

9. St. Nicolai Kirche

Luener Str. 15, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4131 2430770
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

St. Nicolai Kirche

Reviewed By sjpo - Darmstadt, Germany

One of the old, traditional churches of Lüneburg, St Nikolai is a massive gothic church, built in the style of many other Hanseatic churches, but with its own special touches, given that it was the church for sailors and merchants who at one time lived in the neighbourhood and later also known as the church of the patron saint of children.

10. Am Sande

Stadtzentrum, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Am Sande

Reviewed By cw f - Brasschaat, Belgium

Many old houses with stepped and voluted gables border the square. Several restaurants, also in the adjacent streets. Tourists like to come here. The place is dominated by the clock tower of the nearby St. John's church.

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