About Travemunde

Cruises to Travemunde bring you into an attractive beach resort set against a backdrop of dense pine forests, also your gateway to one of the country's most fascinating cities, Hamburg.

On the banks of the Elbe River, the once-Hanseatic League Hamburg is intriguing because of the contrast between its legendary louche nightlife centred around the notorious Reeperbahn and its more sober side reflected in the impressive array of historical buildings and cultural centres.

The 19th century neo-Renaissance-style Rathaus (town hall) with its tall clock tower, the Bismarck monument, 12th century St Petri Church and 17th century Lutheran St Michaelis are among many sights worth seeking when you embark on one of our cruises to Travemunde. A suitably ultra-modern building houses the contemporary art wing of one of the world's finest art museums, the Kunsthalle. And for those Travemunde cruise passengers who want to spend time simply soaking up the atmosphere, some of the best bars and restaurants are around the port area.


Shore excursions in Travemunde

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Fairytale Schwerin

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 8 hours

Discover the delightful lakeside city of Schwerin, with its fairytale castle and stunning Cathedral.

Surrounded by lakes and waterways in the middle of Germany’s most beautiful lake districts is a city with a delightful combination of nature, culture and exquisite architecture. Enjoy a guided walk around the Old Town Schwerin passing some of the City’s main highlights, including the Mecklenburg State Theatre and Schwerin Cathedral, with its imposing Romanesque-Gothic red-brick exterior.

No visit to Schwerin is complete without exploring the magnificent 19th century fairytale Castle with its impressive towers and turrets. Its interior is certainly fit for a princess – the rooms are sumptuously decorated with silk wallpaper, richly gilded objects d’art and a treasure-trove of pictures and furniture. Wander through the staterooms including the Dining Room, the Red Audience Chamber, the Winter Hall and the Sylvester Gallery with your guide and listen to tales from a bygone era.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic views onboard a sightseeing boat for a cruise on the ‘Schweriner See’ lasting around 30 minutes. Afterwards tuck into a traditional German lunch at one of Schwerin’s most popular restaurants.

Before leaving this delightful city, enjoy some time at leisure.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2 hours’ walking, several steps at the Castle and cobble-stoned streets. The drive from Travemünde to Schwerin takes approximately 1½ hours. Lunch includes a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. The boat ride is non-exclusive to P&O Cruises.

Lübeck and Niederegger

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Explore the beautiful, medieval town of Lübeck and discover the delights of Germany’s finest marzipan at Niederegger.

The old town of Lübeck, on its oval island, is one of the most impressive intact examples of medieval Gothic architecture. The city’s old patrician houses and red brick churches are now included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Enjoy the ambience of the old town with its well-known Holsten Gate – the landmark of the city and one of the few relics of the city fortress. Pay an inside visit to St Mary’s Church, the model for many other brick-built churches in the Baltic area. Pass by the City Hall, known to be one of the oldest in Germany, the Heiligen-Geist Hospital and the Buddenbrook House. Another fascinating attraction you’ll see is one of the 82 quaint Wohngänge (alleyways), which the town is renowned for.

One of the most popular ‘institutions’ in Lübeck is the Niederegger Café. Relax over a cup of tea or coffee and taste the town’s famous marzipan-nut gateau.

At the end of your tour, you’ll have approximately 30 minutes of free time to explore the shops of Lübeck.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Journey time to Lübeck is estimated at 30 minutes each way. There is approximately 1½ hour’s walking on this tour, including steps at the refreshment venue. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. An inside visit to St Mary’s will not be possible if a service is taking place.

Lübeck On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

This tour is designed for those who wish to explore lovely Lübeck on their own.

Your escorted coach will drop you at the coach park at the ‘Musikhalle’, Lübeck. From there, it is approximately a 10 minute walk over the Trave River into Lübeck’s Old Town.

The heart of Lübeck is its Old Town, surrounded by the Trave River in the west and by the River Wakenitz in the east. The many narrow lanes and alleys are lined by old town houses with red brick façades and impressive stepped and other artistic gables.

All the main churches can be found in the Old Town; St Marien, the Dom (cathedral), St Petri, St Aegidien, St Jakobi. Their 7 naves represented Lübeck’s wealth in the early Middle Ages and still dominate the city´s skyline.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. An English speaking Escort will accompany you on the journey to/from Lübeck. This tour is un-guided and exclusive of entrances fees or refreshments.

Promenades and Piers

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

A great way to explore and enjoy Travemünde.

After a short bus transfer into the town, with your local guide, you’ll set off on a walk around one of the most popular holiday resorts in Germany. Originally a fishing village, today the tradition still lives on and you’ll see many fishermen’s houses lining the narrow cobble-stoned streets.

Travemünde derives its name from the mouth of the Trave River and is the largest European port for passenger ferries in the Baltic Sea. Take a stroll along the beach promenade, past the shops on the Vorderreihe and continue exploring the old part of the village. You’ll visit the single nave church of St Lorenz, built in the middle of the 16th century, and which has a baroque pulpit as well as an altar dating back to 1729. Wander past some of the many rickety, half-timbered houses with their fascinating doorways that will take you back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

There will also be the opportunity to visit Travemünde’s lighthouse, and, if you are feeling energetic, you may climb the stairs to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of the area.

Relax over some tea or coffee and traditional German cake in one of the popular and quaint cafés or restaurants, before the short transfer back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. The tour duration will be from 2 ½ to 3 hours and will involve walking and standing throughout. At the end of the tour, you may return to the ship with your guide by bus, or remain in Travemünde and make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.

Snapshot of Hamburg

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

This trip presents an ideal insight into Hamburg, the ‘Free and Hanseatic City’ and Germany’s second largest city after Berlin.

A moving panorama of sights includes the City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange, the Speicherstadt, as well as the Jungfernstieg, one of the elegant and upmarket shopping streets. Your tour will also introduce you to the Aussenalster, one of the top addresses in Hamburg. You’ll drive past the St Pauli Landungsbrücken, where the old sailing vessels used to dock, before continuing your journey along the world famous ‘Reeperbahn’. At the beginning of the 17th century, this is the place where the ‘Reepers’ made rigs. Nowadays this street, together with the Grosse Freiheit and Herbert Strasse, are referred to as ‘the mile of sin’, and are a well-known attraction worldwide. Tea or coffee and German cake will be served at a café in Hamburg.

Pause for photos outside St Michael’s Church also known as the ‘Michel’ by the locals. This is northern Germany’s largest baroque church and Hamburg’s main landmark. You’ll walk across to the ‘Krameramtsstuben’, which was an earlier form of widow housing, for a leisurely stroll through this small district.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. . The transfer to/from Hamburg is approximately 1½ hours. This tour is mainly panoramic, with only an estimated 30 minutes’ walking including a few steps at the refreshment venue.

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