The Museum

The European Hansemuseum, the largest museum in the world dedicated to the history of the Hanse, is now open. A combination of staged historical scenes, cabinets with valuable original objects, the latest museum technology and interactive features enable the museum to convey an informative and fascinating impression of the world of the Hanse, whose legacy can still be felt today. Novgorod, Lübeck, Bruges, Bergen and London represent selected stages in the history of the Hanse.

Visitors will discover daring and triumph, a world of riches and power, failure and struggle, deadly dangers and the all-pervasive influence of religion. The myths and legends that began to circulate after the decline of the Hanse are also examined.

With a newly opened archaeological excavation site, which provides information about the earliest colonisation of Lübeck, alongside the fully restored Castle Friary, the Hansemuseum is also able to present remarkable new aspects of urban development and cultural history.

The site of the new Hansemuseum is thus saturated with history, which in this highly condensed form is of inestimable value for the European and local urban narrative.



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It was designed museum by Andreas Heller Architects & Designers from Hamburg

The architecture of the new museum building blends a finely crafted brick texture with elegant modernist lines to form a link between the past and the present. In its monolithic character the new building evokes the medieval city wall that once ran along the foot of the Castle Hill. The texture of the façade emphasises this association by means of jagged, variegated and irregularly laid masonry.

On the roof of the new building is a public terrace, which not only offers a beautiful view over the river Trave, but also offers a Café and Restaurant from NORD.