About the

European Hansemuseum

About the

As a young museum in a traditional location, the EHM merges the old castle monastery with a modern museum complex. This is the first address for Hanse history worldwide since 27 May 2015. As a pioneer of our modern understanding of economics, the Hanse still shapes the politics, economy and society of the European continent. In cooperation with the ‘Research Centre for the History of the Hanse and the Baltic Sea Region’ we make the latest findings of Hanse research accessible. As an economic museum, the museum also deals with current issues of trade and economy. With our excellent gastronomy and plenty of space for events, the EHM is an ideal place to reflect on the future and the past. You can not only understand the present here, but also enjoy it.

The International Advisory Board was founded in 2018 and advises and supports the EHM in economic, operational and conceptual matters. The focus is on the development of the EHM with special attention to strategic and conceptual positioning as well as national and international cooperation and networking. It usually meets twice a year.

From the left side: Dr. Felicia Sternfeld, Klaus Dittko, Mag. Christian Prucher, Prof. Klaus-Peter Wolf-Regett, Max Schön, Linda Mol, Jan Kobernuß (Foto: Olaf Malzahn)


  • Max Schön, Chairman of the Board of the Possehl Foundation
  • Prof. Klaus-Peter Wolf-Regett, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Possehl-Foundation
  • Jan Kobernuß (D), Managing Director of ift Freizeit- und Tourismusberatung GmbH Cologne
  • Linda Mol (NL), museum consultant and (interim) manager, Mol Museums and Heritage, NL-Amsterdam
  • Mag. Christian Prucher (A),Province of Salzburg, Department 8, Finance and Asset Management, responsible for the investment management of the Province of Salzburg, previously: Commercial Director, Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg
  • Klaus Dittko (D), Member of the Board of Directors of Scholz & Friends Group and Managing Director of Scholz & Friends Agenda, Scholz & Friends Corporate Communications
  • Dr. Jette Linaa (DK), Kuratorin, Moesgaard Museum, DK-Højbjerg (Aarhus)

The Hansevolk, a colorful mixed society, has been around for 20 years and enjoys authentically depicting the life of Lübeck’s urban population in the late Middle Ages. We fill numerous roles with life, for example: merchants, clergy, council pharmacist, surgeon, scribe, blacksmith, tinsmiths, cooks, braid makers, seamstresses, city soldiers, innkeeper, minstrels and beggars. www.hansevolk.de

The non-profit association Geschichtserlebnisraum Roter Hahn is active in the area of open child and youth work as well as in the youth welfare service for the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. On a stimulating playground and adjacent forest, pasture and pond areas, children and young people become active together with educational specialists. In their daily work, experiential education, leisure education, environmental education, cultural education or forest education approaches are holistically interlinked – this is how a unique historical experience space has developed since 1999. www.geschichtserlebnisraum.de

The project “European Hanse Ensemble”, founded in 2019, is aimed at talented young musicians, especially in the field of early music. It is formed annually and is made up of musicians who have proven themselves in the master classes of the previous year. With a new program each year, the ensemble goes on a concert tour through different Hanse cities. Works by composers who have worked in the Hanse cities are worked on. www.hanse-ensemble.eu


For all concerns regarding your visit, please contact our service desk during opening hours, or send us an e-mail.

Dr. Felicia Sternfeld
Managing Director
+49 451 . 80 90 99 11

Kristin Fechner
Executive Assistant
+49 451 . 80 90 99 11

Inga Waldeck
+49 451 . 80 90 99 43

Petra Schröder
Head of Administration
+49 451 . 80 90 99 12

Patrick Hoffmann
Head of Technical Team/Maintenance
+49 451 . 80 90 99 20

Astrid Wippich
Head of Cleaning Services
+49 451 80 90 99 27

Susanne Erdmann
+49 451 . 80 90 99 30

Anna-Marie Querfurth
+49 451.80 90 99 41

Barbara Gnaegi Möhle
Human Resources
+49 451 . 80 90 99 36

Franziska Evers
Exhibition and Project Manager
T +49 451 . 80 90 99 55

Mareike Runge
Scientific Project Assistant
T +49 451 . 80 90 99 56

Vanessa Pape
Trainee Science
T +49 451 . 80 90 99 49

André Dubisch
Exhibition- and Project Manager
T +49 451 . 80 90 99 54

Carsten Siebenbürgen
Scientific Project Assistant
T +49 451 . 80 90 99 95


Sören Affeldt
Head of Communication
+49 451 . 80 90 99 58


Timo Knoth
+49 451 . 80 90 99 57

Frida Santelmann
Trainee Education
+49 451 . 80 90 99 82


Nelly Birgmeier
Press Officer
+49 451 . 80 90 99 18

Marilena Meyer
+49 451 . 80 90 99 15


Uta Lange
+49 451 . 80 90 99 17

Sigmar von Blanckenburg
Digital Media Officer
+49 451 . 80 90 99 29


Alexandra Madeleine Schönfisch
Head of Sales
+49 451 . 80 90 99 31

Saskia Pommer
Group Coordination
+49 451 . 80 90 99 13

Nadine Thijs
+49 451 . 80 90 99 14

Susanne Lentföhr
+49 451 . 80 90 99 34

Birgit Röder
Head of Museum Shop/Ticketing
+49 451 . 80 90 99 33

Mathias Piper
Head of Museum Guides
+49 451 . 80 90 99 32

Vitalia Steudte
+49 451 . 80 90 99 46


Anna-Lena Lüdtke
+49 451 . 80 90 99 42


The European Hansemuseum conveys the historical significance of the Hanse and an understanding of the current relevance of its ideas. As a place where people meet and where people think about the future against the background of the Hanse, the EHM is more than a museum. The museum is dependent on additional funds in order to do justice to the goal of conveying historical and scientific content in all its diversity. For this we need your support!

Any amount is welcome. You can make your donation tax deductible. For the tax office, a proof of payment (e.g. copy of bank statement) is sufficient for donations up to 200 € according to § 50 Abs. 2 EStDV.
For amounts over 200 € we will gladly issue a donation receipt, please provide the complete postal address.


Bank details
IBAN: DE42 2305 0101 0162 9636 31
Sparkasse zu Lübeck



Research Center for Hanse and Baltic History

The research center, which has been in existence since 1993, was heavily involved in the conception of the content of the European Hansemuseum and has been at home here since its opening in 2015. The cooperation with the museum is one of the FGHO’s fields of work – it represents ›current Hanse research‹ in the museum.

The FGHO also plans and coordinates historical and interdisciplinary research in the former Hanse economic area from Portugal to Russia. Special emphasis is placed on the ›internationalization‹ of Hanse research. The FGHO also develops its own scientific and popular science publications, organizes lectures, and supports media presentations for the public.

Several research projects are carried out at the FGHO itself, such as the digital mapping of pre-modern land trade routes in the Hanse region and the further processing of sources of Hanse history. With these and other projects the FGHO wants to create important foundations for future research.

The FGHO also has a small academic library on the history of the Hanse and related topics of economic, social, urban and political history. It has a book stock of about 3500 volumes and about 10 running journals. The holdings can be researched online. As a reference library there is no possibility to borrow books from outside the library. Guests can use the library by appointment. Please make an appointment before your visit: info@fgho.eu


Situated at the foot of the Castle Hill on Lübeck’s old town island, the European Hansemuseum skilfully combines old and new architecture: the new museum building with its roof terrace, inner courtyard and old church square complements the old Castle Friary with a modern setting. Inspired by the historical buildings around it, the façade is reminiscent of a medieval city wall as well as the gabled town houses so typical of our image of the Hanse.

The long flight of stairs from the museum forecourt leads visitors up to the main entrance, as well as to the Castle Friary and outdoor area above. From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the river Trave and the Castle Friary. The latter is considered one of the most important medieval convents in Northern Germany. It has been carefully restored and included as a monument in the European Hansemuseum with its 7,405 square metres. As part of the old town of Lübeck, the Castle Friary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The design of the new building – created by the studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers – has already been awarded the iF Design Award in Gold, the Museum Award of the hbs Kulturfonds, the RIBA International Award for Excellence and the BDA Prize Schleswig Holstein 2019 and other prizes:

  • BDA Prize Schleswig-Holstein, 2019

  • DAM Prize for Architektur, 2017

  • European Museum of the Year – Nominee, 2017

  • iF Design Award Gold, 2016

  • AIT Award, 2016

  • Museum Award of the hbs Kulturfonds, 2016

  • RIBA Award for International Excellence, 2016