Travemünde (German: [tʁaːvəˈmʏndə] ) is a borough of Lübeck, Germany, located at the mouth of the river Trave in Lübeck Bay. It began life as a fortress built by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, in the 12th century to guard the mouth of the Trave, and the Danes subsequently strengthened it. It became a town in 1317 and in 1329 passed into the possession of the free city of Lübeck, to which it has since belonged. Its fortifications were demolished in 1807.[1]

Travemünde beach, showing its characteristic roofed wicker beach chairs (Strandkorb in German)
Barque Passat in Travemünde

Travemünde has been a seaside resort since 1802, and is Germany's largest ferry port on the Baltic Sea with connections to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia and Estonia. The lighthouse is the oldest on the German Baltic coast, dating from 1539. Another attraction of Travemünde is the Flying P-Liner Passat, a museum ship anchored in the mouth of the Trave.

The annual Travemünder Woche is a traditional sailing race week in Northern Europe. The annual Sand festival in Travemünde is known as the Sand World.

Literature edit

The 19th century seaside resort was evoked by Thomas Mann in Buddenbrooks. In Part II/5-12 the vacation of Antonie Buddenbrook is told, while in Part X/3 one summer of little Hanno. Travemünde is depicted by Mann as a place of freedom, happiness and – in the case of Antonie – love, in contrast with the problems of everyday life.

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Notable people edit

Ida Boy-Ed
  • Ida Boy-Ed (1852–1928 in Travemünde) a German writer, supporter of women's issues, she wrote widely-read books and newspaper articles
  • Friedrich Naumann (1860–1919 in Travemünde) a German liberal politician and Protestant parish pastor
  • Otto Ciliax (1891–1964 in Travemünde) an admiral during WW2, served in the navies of the German Empire, the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany
  • Lilo Peters (1913–2001 in Travemünde) a North German painter and sculptor.
  • Peter Nogly (born 1947 in Travemünde) a German football coach and a former player
  • Rötger Feldmann (born 1950 in Travemünde) a German comic book artist, created the character Werner
  • Torsten Wohlert (born 1965 in Travemünde) a German former footballer

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  1. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Travemünde". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 216.

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