Why go to Travemunde (Lubeck)?
Discover gorgeous beaches and seaside cafes, and don't miss the close-by city of Lubeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
It's a 25-minute bus ride to Lubeck, but occasional heavy traffic can make the ride twice as long
Travemunde itself is worth a day's visit, but be sure to include a jaunt to Lubeck
Travemunde (Lubeck) Cruise Port Facilities?
The small but smart passenger terminal at the cruise berth is equipped with a cafe and phone booths. When ships are in, a helpful local volunteer hands out maps of both Travemunde and Lubeck and offers advice on what to do and how to get about.
On your right as you exit the terminal is a pavement cafe, selling light salads and splendid ice creams -- a good place to stop off for a refresher en route back to your ship after a stroll ashore. Go straight ahead, and you'll get into town; head left, and you'll find the bus station for Lubeck. Also to the left are shops, an attractive promenade and some lovely white-sand beaches.
Good to Know?
Enthusiastic locals will line the promenade to wave off your ship as it sails. It's a very friendly place!
If you're happy to spend a day in Travemunde, you'll find it's easily explored on foot. Head left from the passenger terminal, and you'll find an attractive main street that's lined with some unusual china, clothes and knick-knack shops.
Keep going, and you'll stumble across the bus station, where 2.50 euros will buy you a return ticket to Lubeck (bus number 30). It's about a 25-minute ride, but allow up to 45 minutes, as traffic conditions can vary and slow down the journey.
If you prefer to travel the classy way, taxis at the terminal will take you one-way to Lubeck for between 30 and 40 euros. You will need to negotiate the price, but the higher fare is for a multipassenger mini-bus, so it's actually a better value than it sounds.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency is the Euro; see www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for the latest conversion rates. There's an ATM at the Commerzbank, just opposite the passenger terminal.
The official language is German. Travemunde is a traditional German town, and while most of its (very friendly) inhabitants have a reasonable grasp on English, a few German phrases will be a big help in meeting them halfway. Consider stashing a travel phrasebook in your day pack.