Known as the "Venice of the Baltic," the lovely UNESCO-listed Lübeck in northern Germany is one of the prettiest cities in the region. More than a thousand historical buildings, many in the medieval style, give Lubeck an old-world charm. And with its prime location right along the Trave river, it has long been one of the country's most important ports.
If you have a sweet tooth and you're doing a road trip in Germany or a day trip from Hamburg (which is only an hour away), it's definitely worth making a stop in Lubeck, the alleged birthplace of marzipan. You'll find lots of cafes and sweets shops serving up the sugary treat in all its many varieties.
To get the full picture of Lubeck's picturesque medieval and Gothic architecture, take a cruise along the River Trave, which surrounds the old town (Altstadt). From the water, you'll be able to see well-preserved 12th-century buildings and the fairy tale-esque spires of the city's many churches including the red brick Holstentor (the Holsten Gate) and St Mary's Church.
You can also spend some time walking through the narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards that dominate this part of the city. M ake your way to the An der Obertrave, a promenade on the waterfront lined with outdoor cafes and hop-on hop-off bus tours.