Brick and water characterize the cityscape of the picturesque old town of Lübeck. Founded as early as 1143, the port city enchants its visitors with its impressive town houses, winding medieval alleys, residential corridors and collegiate courtyards. Among the well-known landmarks of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are the Holsten Gate with its two fortified towers and the city skyline with its total of seven towers. The Buddenbrookhaus is also famous far beyond the city limits. The grandparents of the writer Thomas Mann once lived in the classicist building in Mengestraße. Some scenes of his famous work “The Buddenbrooks” are set here. Today, the Buddenbrookhaus is a museum about the writer’s family.