Lüneburg: The Cutest Town to Visit for a Day Trip from Hamburg



I love taking day trips when I travel! I think it’s a great way to get out of a big city and see some smaller towns and get a more local feel. Aarhus has a lot of amazing day trips, and when I was planning my trip to Hamburg, I learned about Lüneburg from Wayfaring with Wagner. It looked like such a cute town, AND it’s only 30 minutes from Hamburg! So if you’re looking for a day trip from Hamburg, you need to visit Lüneburg!

Lüneburg: The Cutest Town to Visit for a Day Trip from Hamburg, Germany

Visiting Lüneburg, Germany

While I was in Hamburg, there was some crazy lightning storm that messed up the train schedule, so I left later for Lüneburg so I didn’t have as much time there as I wanted (and I ended up getting stranded in Hamburg that night after my train back to Aarhus was canceled at the last second, so the trains weren’t on my side that day). Even though I only had a few hours in Lüneburg, I still got to see most of the town! So it’s an easy place to visit if you want to get out of Hamburg for only half a day.

Bridge in Lüneburg

Church in Lüneburg

Biking in Lüneburg

Turquoise door in Germany

Medieval German architecture

Stained glass windows in Lüneburg church

History of Lüneburg

Lüneburg actually dates back to the Neanderthals! They have uncovered tools that are over 100,000 years old in the area. The actual town of Lüneburg dates back to the Medieval Age, and the town is first mentioned in written records in 956. It was known for its salt production, and the city became wealthy from its salt exports.

Lüneburg struggled through wars in the 17th and 18th centuries, but it was actually pretty untouched during the two World Wars. So the majority of the Hanseatic buildings are centuries old, and they are beautiful and well-preserved! The population started increasing in the 1940s, and today there are about 72,000 people living in Lüneburg.

Downtown Luneburg buildings

Luneburg city center

Medieval German architecture

German architecture with statues

Shops in Luneburg

Historic German architecture

Historic German church in Luneburg

Decorative German architecture

Canal in Luneburg

Canal in Luneburg, Germany

Pink German building

Historic German house with blue door

Houses on canal in Luneburg

Houses in river in Luneburg

Historic yellow building in Luneburg

Bridge in Luneburg

Historic church in Luneburg

Historic German architecture

Historic German church in Luneburg

Church tower in Luneburg

Church tower in Luneburg

Things to do in Lüneburg

Since the trains messed up my day a bit, I didn’t have as long to explore Lüneburg as I would have liked, so I mostly just walked around the city to see the sights. If you’re short on time, I definitely recommend just strolling around the town because every street is so pretty!

If you have more time, you can see the German Salt Museum, visit some of the churches and abbeys, or walk through some parks (which I visited very briefly and have pictures at the end). The city hall (pictured below) has a tourism office and gift shop, so you can also stop in there to ask for more recommendations. And you should definitely get some pastries while you’re walking around Lüneburg 🙂

City hall in Luneburg, Germany

Ornate yellow building in Luneburg

Brick building in Luneburg

Churchyard in Luneburg

Churchyard in Luneburg

Church door in Luneburg, Germany

Downtown Luneburg

Red rose bush in Luneburg

Historic German architecture triangle shaped house

Decorative blue German door

Decorative blue door in Germany

Cobblestone street in Luneburg

Yellow house in Luneburg

Yellow house in Luneburg

Rose bush in Luneburg

Red roses with historic German house

Ornate brick house in Luneburg

I loved how ornate and detailed the architecture is!

Ornate brick house in Luneburg

Cobblestone street in Luneburg

Historic brick house in Germany

Historic brick house in Germany

Yellow house in Luneburg

Brick triangle house in Germany

Church tower in Luneburg

Park in Luneburg

I didn’t have much time to explore the parks, but I did walk through one briefly and it was pretty!

Park in Luneburg

If you’re looking for a quick day trip from Hamburg, definitely visit Lüneburg 🙂 It’s just a short train ride from Hamburg (as long as there aren’t any crazy lightning storms), and it’s a beautiful small town you have to see for yourself!

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  1. Great post and Amazing photos. I’ve add hamburg to my list. Thanks

  2. Alex says:

    I spend a few months a year living and working in Hamburg but have never visited Lüneburg. Definitely need to visit now I’ve seen this!

  3. April says:

    What a fairy tale looking town! I’m sad to say that I haven’t heard of Luneburg. But after going through your photos, I would love to visit and just stroll around the place. It looks like there’s so much atmosphere and charm there.

  4. I absolutely adore the cobblestone streets of Europe. I will definitely have to check this city out!

  5. Barbara says:

    I love all of the buildings! I think I would enjoy wandering around. I need to plan a trip to that part of the world.

  6. Kerstin says:

    Dear Julia,
    your post and photos are amazing!
    I also love the beautiful and historical city of Lüneburg.
    It’s near my village – a small heath village. In summer you should come back and see the flowering heath near the salt and hanseatic city of Lüneburg. It’s fantastic!

    Greetings from Amelinghausen

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