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Cruises to Travemunde (Lubeck)

9 Reviews
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About Cruising to Travemunde (Lubeck)

There's one word that springs to mind when you visit Travemunde while on a cruise around Germany -- 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.

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9 Nights

Comprehensive Germany & The Kiel Canal

Port: Amsterdam • Harlingen • Heligoland • Hamburg • Travemunde • Wismar • Binz • Copenhagen

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May 25, 2025
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Port: Amsterdam • Harlingen • Heligoland • Hamburg • Travemunde • Wismar • Binz • Copenhagen +7 more

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Europe - Northern Cruise

Port: Copenhagen • Travemunde • Szcezecin • Helsingborg • Oslo • Cruising • Hamburg +5 more

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Oct 6, 2024
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Le Laperouse
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Port: Copenhagen • Rostock • Travemunde • Kiel Canal • Harlingen • Scheveningen • Amsterdam • Antwerp +2 more

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Aug 20, 2025
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More about Travemunde (Lubeck)

Why Cruise 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. 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
This is a lovely German seaside little town, with many shops and seafood restaurants and a nice beach. If you can read German, there are some interesting museums. Amber is sold in many stores. There is plenty to entRead More
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Catlover54
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
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happyhappygirly
lovely townRead More
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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
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