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 Hanse and Baltic History’ 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 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: Dr. Felicia Sternfeld, Max Schön, Dr. Jette Linaa, Klaus Dittko, Dr. Antonia Napp, Mervyn Millar, Linda Mol, Mag. Christian Prucher, Jan Kobernuß, Prof. Klaus-Peter Wolf-Regett (Photo: EHM)


  • 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), Curator, Moesgaard Museum, DK-Højbjerg (Aarhus)
  • Mervyn Millar (GB), Director, puppet designer and director of “Significant Object”, London

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

What moved us in 2023? In our annual review, we present not only our latest projects, but also some of the 80 or so people behind them. We invite you to pick up on the themes of the year and engage in a dialogue with us. We welcome your questions, suggestions and ideas!


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
Chief Executive Assistant
+49 451 . 80 90 99 11

Inga Waldeck
Fundraising Officer
+49 451 . 80 90 99 43

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

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

Anna-Marie Querfurth
+49 451 . 80 90 99 41

Claudia Lassen
Human Resources
+49 451 . 80 90 99 37

Mate Radovcic
Human Resources
+49 451 . 80 90 99 36

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

Carla Schäffler
Trainee Science
+49 451 . 80 90 99 56

Carolin Alff
Exhibition and Project Manager
+49 451 . 80 90 99 54

Frida Santelmann
Scientific Project Member
+49 451 . 80 90 99 82

Finn Schwarz
Head of Museum Shop/Ticketing
+49 451 . 80 90 99 84


Learning from the past for the future. We believe strongly that the history of the Hanse gives us plenty of pointers on how to ensure that trade, cooperation and general co-existence today are successful and sustainable. So at the European Hansemuseum we do everything we can to present the Hanse in an exciting way for all our target groups, with many references to the present day and to the future.

With your donation you will help us to host attractive educational activities and realise special exhibitions on topics that are currently of interest to society. Whether you give €10, €50 or €100 – every donation is an important financial and symbolic contribution.

Your support is greatly appreciated and patrons can deduct their donations as expenses for the purposes of calculating income tax, corporation tax and trade tax. Naturally we will provide you with a tax-deductible receipt if you give us your full postal address. Thank you!

Do you have any questions or suggestions about donations? We would be delighted to hear from you!

Inga Waldeck
Fundraising Officer
+49 451 8090 9943

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

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