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The title of this article contains the character ü. Where it is unavailable or not wanted, the name may be written as Luebeck.
Hansestadt Lübeck
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Holstentor, emblem of the city
Holstentor, emblem of the city
Coat of arms of Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Map of Germany, Position of Hanseatic City of Lübeck highlighted
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Urban districts of Germany
City subdivisions 35 Stadtbezirke
Mayor Bernd Saxe (SPD)
Governing party CDU
Basic statistics
Area 214.13 km2 (82.68 sq mi)
Elevation 13 m  (43 ft)
Population 218,523  (31 December 2015)
 - Density 1,021 /km2 (2,643 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HL (1906–1937; since 1956)[1]
Postal codes 23501−23570
Area codes 0451, 04502
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lubeck panorama.JPG
Aerial view of the old town
CriteriaCultural: iv
Inscription1987 (11th Session)
Area81.1 ha
Buffer zone693.8 ha

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. It has about 210,000 inhabitants and a university.

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 for literature.

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


  1. 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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