|Population:||211,213 (31 Dec 2006)|
Lübeck is a very nice old city in the north of Germany.
South, West towards Hamburg
Getting out of Lübeck to the Hamburg you usually wait less then 5 minutes. To get there from the city center, walk through the Holstentor, cross the next bridge (that one marked as Puppet bridge) and keep right at the roundabout to get to the Fackenburger Allee. Just walk this street for about 10 minutes, then turn right into Bei der Lohmühle. You can also take the buses #19 or #9 from the center, direction Bad Schwartau and get out at Ibishotel.in the direction of Hamburg is terrible easy! There is a very good hitching spot in the street Bei der Lohmühle – Coming from the main street Fackenburger Allee stay on the right side and choose a point about 200 meters after the big crossing, in front of the roundabout. There is a bicycle lane, so just beware of bicycles while standing there. With a sign
Like in most German cities, you can get "hitches" at the main train station too, sharing group tickets. At the weekend you can ask people if they travel with the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket (Nice-weekend-ticket) to get to Hamburg or other cities (sometimes you're asked to contribute some money to the ticket prices, which is 33 Euros). From Monday till Friday you can ask peope for a Schleswig-Holstein-Ticket für Gruppen (group ticket in the land Schleswig-Holstein) if you want to go to a city in the area of Schleswig-Holstein (Kiel, Neumünster, Heide, Rendsburg etc.).
There are two hostels, both located near to the important sightseeing spots in the old center of the city. In addition Lübeck has a lot of members in the couchsurfing community and the hospitality club, it's easy to find a place to sleep for free if you're member there. If you don't know a cheap or good place to sleep, ask at the information-desk at the trainstation. They are friendly over there and have a book with prices from (cheap) hotels and hostels in the town.