• Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Cruises to Travemunde (Lubeck)

Travemunde (Lubeck) (Photo:Scanrail1/Shutterstock)

About Travemunde (Lubeck)

There's one word that springs to mind when you visit Travemunde -- delightful.

This pretty little German beach resort is set between the Baltic Sea and fragrant pine forests and is bordered by shimmering blonde (and gloriously empty) beaches. It was the 19th century's version of St. Tropez, a place where the beautiful people of the Belle Epoque -- including the writers Thomas Mann and Dostoevsky -- came to enjoy a restorative whiff of sea air and play the tables at the stylish casino.

Travemunde is perhaps best known to cruise passengers simply as the gateway to medieval Lubeck, only 18 km and a 25-minute drive away. The great Hanseatic League city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lubeck is, indeed, close by and tremendously inviting if you love medieval architecture. Its Old Town is home to more than 1,800 listed buildings and a lovely riverfront.

But Travemunde is actually well worth getting to know in its own right, as it's a lovely spot for a lazy day at the beach, a little gentle shopping and an excellent lunch. The cruise ships that call there, mainly small to medium-sized vessels, visit during the summer months as part of Baltic and Northern Europe itineraries.

If simple relaxation is high on your agenda, this charming town with its lovely and stylish seafront shops, elegant hotels and quaint fishermen's cottages could well suffice as the perfect setting for a stroll and a swim.

  • More about Travemunde (Lubeck)

  • Why go to Travemunde (Lubeck)?

  • Travemunde (Lubeck) Cruise Port Facilities?

Loading...
Loading...

We found you 10 cruises

Loading...
Loading...
Nautica
Nautica

10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

356 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jul 13, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Nautica
Nautica

19 Night
World CruiseDetails

356 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jul 4, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Sirena
Sirena

12 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

240 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 6, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Star Legend
Star  Breeze pool lighting

10 Night
Comprehensive Germany & The Kiel Canal 10d Cph-amsDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 14, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Sponsored

The Dreamy Getaway w/ Virgin Voyages

  • Book by 10/4 and your partner will get 50% off their voyage
  • Receive an extra $100 toward your prepaid Bar Tab
  • Cruise Critic Editor's Choice for Best New Ship in the US for 2021
  • Over $600 in value always included - 20+ Eateries, Tips, WiFi, & more

Virgin Voyages

85 Night
*new Collector Grand European Bucket List Adventu...Details

121 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jul 9, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

22 Night
World CruiseDetails

240 Reviews
Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Sep 26, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite

33 Night
Iberia & Europe’s Coastal Splendors Via The Kiel C...Details

121 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Aug 14, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite

11 Night
North Sea Voyage: Northern Europe And The Normandy...Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Lindblad Expeditions
Jun 6, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

8 Night
Baltic Sea CruiseDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Ponant
Aug 2, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

10 Night
Baltic Sea CruiseDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Ponant
Aug 18, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

More about Travemunde (Lubeck)

Why go to Travemunde (Lubeck)?

Pros:

Discover gorgeous beaches and seaside cafes, and don't miss the close-by city of Lubeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cons:

It's a 25-minute bus ride to Lubeck, but occasional heavy traffic can make the ride twice as long

Bottom Line:

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!

Getting Around?

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.

Language?

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.

Where You're Docked?

Travemunde's small cruise terminal is well located for getting to the heart of the action. It's near the bus station (where you can pick up transport to Lubeck) and within walking distance of the main town and the beach.


Travemunde (Lubeck) Cruise Reviews
What a welcome we had here as the ship sailed in. A very nice port indeed with an opportunity to visit Hamburg if we come again.Read More
User Avatar
happyhappygirly
lovely townRead More
User Avatar
Cherries 1
Took the local bus to Lubeck, tourist information came onboard after docking with maps and train and bus timetables so it was easy to get to Lubeck and very cheap 3.40 Euros Lubeck is stunning and well worth a visitRead More
User Avatar
Canberra forever !
Five minute walk from shuttle to local rail station and then 20 minutes on local train to Lubeck. Easy to walk around and discover. Some lovely old buildings. Took coffee and the famous Hazlenut Marzipan Cake at tRead More
User Avatar
Britboys

Related Cruises

Cruises to Galveston

Cruises to Galveston

764 Reviews
Cruises to Amsterdam

Cruises to Amsterdam

944 Reviews
Cruises to Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Cruises to Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

212 Reviews
Cruises to Athens

Cruises to Athens

1,401 Reviews
Cruises to Kauai

Cruises to Kauai

611 Reviews
Cruises to Santiago (Valparaiso)

Cruises to Santiago (Valparaiso)

119 Reviews
Cruises to Portland (Maine)

Cruises to Portland (Maine)

379 Reviews
Cruises to Osaka

Cruises to Osaka

46 Reviews
Cruises to Vienna

Cruises to Vienna

401 Reviews
Cruises to Sydney (Nova Scotia)

Cruises to Sydney (Nova Scotia)

209 Reviews
Cruises to Walvis Bay

Cruises to Walvis Bay

5 Reviews
Cruises to Durban

Cruises to Durban

94 Reviews
Cruises to Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Cruises to Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

123 Reviews
Cruises to Iles des Saintes

Cruises to Iles des Saintes

13 Reviews
Cruises to Picton

Cruises to Picton

161 Reviews
Cruises to Punta del Este

Cruises to Punta del Este

49 Reviews
Cruises to Toulon

Cruises to Toulon

358 Reviews
Cruises to Baie-Comeau

Cruises to Baie-Comeau

11 Reviews
Cruises to Banana Coast (Trujillo)

Cruises to Banana Coast (Trujillo)

44 Reviews
Cruises to Argostoli (Kefalonia)

Cruises to Argostoli (Kefalonia)

134 Reviews
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.
About UsCruise DestinationsFirst Time CruisersFind A Cruise

Share your feedback

International Sites

© 1995—2022, The Independent Traveler, Inc.

  • Privacy and Cookies Statement

  • Terms of Use

  • Site Map

  • Cookie Consent