Holstentor (Holsten Gate) is the most well-know symbol of Lübeck. The city gate was built between 1464 and 1478 along the lines of Dutch models. Its purpose served both as a form of defence and as a form of prestige. Above the round-arched gateway entrance of the twin-towered construction, the inscription CONCORDIA DOMI FORIS PAX (unity at home, peace abroad) can clearly be seen in golden letters.

Nearly every visitor is astonished by its odd leaning angle and its sunken south tower. But, during the 15th century people weren"t quite as knowledgeable on 'foundation work' as they are today. As only the towers are standing on a 'gridiron' with the heavy middle tract resting upon them, the towers unevenly subsided into the marshy ground.

In 1863, the Gate looked an appalling sight. With a majority of just one single vote, the city parliament decided to restore the gate and began extensive restoration efforts. It wasn"t until 70 years later that the subsidence could be stopped. Most recent renovations were carried out between 2004 and 2006. Here, the slate roof, terracotta frieze and parts of the brickwork were replaced. Inside the gate historic ship models, suits of armour, weapons, legal instruments and merchandise give a brief glimpse into the time of the Hanseatic League. Two majestic lions stand guarding the city in front of the Holsten Gate.



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Founded: 1464-1478
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Mirka Mendez (16 months ago)
Great museum! Completely worth the price. Entrance is on the back side of the gate. If you visit Lübeck, I highly recommend a visit to this museum to learn about the city's business, military and political history.
Omar Prieto Santana (17 months ago)
This monument is magnificent, I think that it is the iconic place of the city. This place has to be visit and great photos can be taken.
Sakesh Shetty (18 months ago)
A welcome gate for beautiful city of Lübeck. Built in 1464 still staying as symbol of brick gothic construction. It is UNESCO world heritage center. A nice garden in front of the gate is worth spending some relaxing time. Highly recommended city for tourist who love architectural marvels.
Mohammad Ashraf Ali (18 months ago)
Nice historical Gate. Very good looking with a pleasant surroundings.
JS (20 months ago)
One will not / shall not miss this spot in Lübeck, it's a must. Interesting museum to explore. Few benches at the garden, sit and indulge this beauty.
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