Localized in the south of Hamburg, Lüneburg counts more than 72,000 residents. The small town is situated between Elbe Valley and Lüneburg Heath and the river Ilmenau flows nearby. The city is characterized by its historical center, which was built during the Hanseatic Period. Back in the Middle Ages Lüneburg had a salt monopoly through which it has become one of the wealthiest and most important towns in the Hanseatic League. Nowadays, people can still feel the atmosphere of these days merged with modern traditions, well represented in museums and throughout the city. Therefore the „Stint“, an old harbor with a treadwheel crane, the old “Am Sande” and the new market places attract many tourists during the year. Within walking distance you will find several objects of interest ranging from the old but well preserved churches St. Michaelis, St. Johannis, and St. Nicolai to the magnificent water tower and various parks.
The Water Tower was built to secure Lüneburg's water supply in the last century. Nowadays it is used as an observation tower, from which tourists have an impressive view over the historic center of Lüneburg and the surrounding landscape.
Lüneburgs townhall is the largest medieval town hall in northern Germany. It has a baroque facade as well as a few gothic and late gothic elements. The big market place in front of the town hall is used for a weekly farmer's market and Lüneburg's famous Christmas market in winter.
St. Johannis / Am Sande
The St. Johannis Church is the biggest and oldest church in Lüneburg. Its church spire is 108m high and therefore the most common emblem of the old hanseatic city. It represents former richness and wealthiness of the city. It is located next to the place “Am Sande“, where lots of beautiful old buildings are located. Most of these were built during the economic salt boom in the 16th century.
The “Lüneburger Kalkberg” is the cap rock of a salt dome in the western part of Lüneburg. The Kalkberg was a gypsum mine during the middle ages, but is a nature reserve today, housing more than 300 plant species. Moreover it is a common meeting place for city residents.
Stint and St. Nicholas' Church in the Waterside Quarter
The romantic water side quarter with its old harbour and the St. Nicholas' Church is one of the most favorite tourist spots. Lots of small restaurants and pubs are located here and welcome tourists as well as townsfolk to enjoy the peaceful and beautiful atmosphere.
The Stint represents the old harbor and is the heart of the historical center of Lüneburg. With the help of a treadwheel crane, salt was loaded on ships which carried it to the whole northern European area.
The abbey of Lüneburg was founded in 1170, built for Benedictine nuns, and houses a museum and a café today.
The Lüneburg Heath
The Lüneburg Heath is one of Germany´s oldest and most beautiful cultural landscapes. It is a nature reserve and enjoyes special protection. In late summer when the heath blossoms, lots of visitors come to experience it by bike, horse or carriage or by hiking. The small villages located in the Lüneburg Heath also have a special historical flair with their old farm houses.
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Founded in 1946 the Leuphana University Lüneburg has undergone fundamental structural changes in 2007, which has led to the establishment of the four faculties: culture, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and education. The university aims to fulfill the idea of a humanistic, sustainable, and proactive university for the civil society of the 21st century. The four faculties host over 7,000 students, 160 professors and many research assistants. They foster a close collaboration and exchange inbetween students, the research body and across disciplines. For example, during the first term, all undergraduate students will study together, visiting the same seminars, regardless of their bachelor programs.
The main campus is located close to the center of Lüneburg in an area formerly used as army barracks. The effort to become a more sustainable university is noticeable throughout the campus -ranging from organic food served in the cafeteria to the use of 100% renewable energy and car sharing possibilities. There are several student initiatives that foster the sustainable transformation of the university such as the "Lunatic festival" (a sustainable music festival), the "Lünebohne e.V." (fair trade coffee), or the student organisation "oikos Lüneburg" (students for sustainable economics and management). Furthermore the campus is one of the first operating climate neutral and already three sustainability reports have been published by the university.