Lubeck, near the Baltic coast in the north of Germany, is a charming and historical town with a welcoming atmosphere. A Hamburg flight is the most convenient option to explore the area.
EasyJet (easyjet.com) flies direct to Hamburg from London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester. Outward fares start at £20.99 and inward flights start from £17.97. These fares include taxes, but there are additional charges for baggage and credit card payments.
Ryanair's advertised flights from London Stansted to Hamburg actually land at Lubeck airport. Fares start at their headline rate of £9 including all charges for one way flights, although you'll need to do a lot of searching on the website to find this fare. On average expect to pay around £80 for a round trip, including all the sundry charges.
With the Ryanair flight, you can take the number 6 bus (stadtverkehr-luebeck.de) direct to the town centre for €2.5, or use the new airport railway station to take a train to the town.
Buses run regularly from Hamburg airport to Lubeck in just an hour (vhhpvg.de) for €10, and there is a regular train service between Hamburg and Lubeck (bahn.com) taking around 40 minutes, with fares starting at €15.50.
Lubeck's old town, or Aldstadt, is an elegant area ringed by canals, its grid of streets lined with 6-storey gabled townhouses, in red and black striped brickwork.
The town claims to be the inventor of marzipan, and the Niederegger café on Breite Strasse offers a lavish array of confectionery and artistic creations in crushed almond paste.
Once you've bought your sweet sounvenirs to carry backto the UK on your Hamburg flight, there's plenty of time to sample the local beer, admire the spectacular churches, and visit the museum devoted to the local author Gunter Grass. Take the opportunity to fill up on the hearty fare on offer in the town's unpretentious bierkellers, where the menus leaven the usual German meat and sauerkraut with some Baltic fish dishes.