Plan Your Stay
Travelling gets easier within the era of globalisation. But still: there's some cultural differences to be noted even though our world is globalizing more and more. Did you know? Germans are known to be quite punctual. Furthermore, we close our shops on Sundays and pay cash. Plan your stay with these helpul tips and have a great holiday in Lüneburg!
- Arriving from the north, you reach Lüneburg on the A39 via the motorway junction network. Coming from the south on the A7, take the Soltau-Ost exit and enter the B209 direction Lüneburg. In Lüneburg please follow the parking guidance system that guides you through the city ring to all the city centre parking lots and parking garages.
- From the South: Take the A7 Hannover-Hamburg motorway until the Soltau-Ost exit, from there take route 209 until Lüneburg.
- Parking: Car parking spots in the city are quite expensive. It's cheaper to park close to "Sülzwiesen".
- Hamburg's Fuhlsbüttel airport is an international airport with all major airlines. It is about 70 km from Lüneburg and can be reached via the A39 and A7. Fuhlsbüttel is also easily accessible by public transport.
- The nearest airports to Lüneburg are located in Hamburg (70 km), Hanover (120 km), and Bremen (150 km). All three airports can be easily reached by public transport: In Hamburg, urban trains (S-Bahn) run between Hamburg airport and the main train station every 10 minutes; the ride takes 25 minutes. In Hanover, urban trains (S-Bahn) run between Hanover airport and the main train station every 30 minutes; the ride takes about 20 minutes. In Bremen, the tram line 6 leaves for the main train station every 10 minutes.
- Lüneburg is situated on the main connecting railway route between Hanover and Hamburg. If you take an ICE from Hanover, it takes you about one hour to get to Lüneburg; from Hamburg an IC or ME takes you to Lüneburg within 30 minutes. Further information and schedules are available on deutschebahn.com/en/start-en.
Travelinfos and Tipps
How do I pay in Germany?
- Currency: EURO €
- Cash is king in Germany. Always carry some with you and plan to pay cash almost everywhere. It's also a good idea to set aside a small amount of euros as an emergency stash.
- Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, but it’s best not to assume you’ll be able to use one – ask first. Sometimes a minimum purchase amount applies. Even so, a piece of plastic is vital in emergencies and also useful for phone or internet bookings. Visa and Mastercard are more commonly accepted than American Express or Diners Club.
- Avoid getting cash advances on your credit card via ATMs, as fees are steep and you’ll be charged interest immediately (in other words, there’s no grace period as with purchases).
- Report lost or stolen cards to the central number 116 116 or the following: American Express 069-9797 1000, Mastercard 0800-819 1040, Visa 0800-811 8440
How do I tip in Germany?
- Hotels: €1 per bag is standard. It's nice to leave a little cash for the room cleaners, (€1 or €2 per day).
- Restaurants: If you were satisfied with the service you can add 5% or 10%. If the service was really bad you don’t have to tip.
- Bars: about 5%, rounded to nearest euro. For drinks brought to your table, tip as for restaurants.
- Taxis: about 10%, rounded to the nearest euro.
- Toilet attendants: Loose change
What kind of sockets will I find in Germany?
- Power sockets: type F
- Standard voltage: 230 V
- Standard frequency: 50 Hz
How can I communicate in Germany?
- English is the most common foreign language in Germany. More than half of Germans (about 56%) can speak and understand English. Especially the younger generation.
- A few Germans (about 15%) can speak and understand French.
- In the Lüneburger Tourist Information we speak Englisch, French and Spanish
- Mo.-Fr.: 9:30/10 am – 7 pm
- Sa.: 9:30/10 am – 6 pm
- Sun.: closed!
Please note that Sunday is a rest day in Germany. On a Sunday you only can buy stuff at train stations, gas stations or a mini mart.
Our Farmers Market is open on wednesdays and saturdays from 07:00 am - 01:00 pm.
How is the weather in Lüneburg?
- Our climate is moderate and has generally no longer periods of cold or hot weather. Exceptionally it gets to about 35 degrees in summer and down to -10 in Winter. But something in between is more common for our climate.
Who to call and where to go...
- Germany is a very safe country and Lüneburg is a very safe city. But still we recommend having an eye on your belongings.
- Helpful phone Numbers:
Fire brigade / Ambulance: 112
Hospital: 04131 77-0
Pharmacy service (“Jetzt offen” = now open “Notdienst” = emergency service)
Please call the Property Office
- Main lost property office
Phone: +49 4131 309-3269
Mon./Tue.: 8 am - 12 noon
Thu: 2 pm – 6 pm
Fri: 8 am – 12 noon
- Smoking in public places including bars and restaurants is not permitted. Bars and restaurants sometimes do have a smoking area inside. More common is an outside smoking area. At train stations and airports you will have to find the marked areas for your cigarette break.
- You have to be 16 to be allowed to drink beer, wine or sparkling wine. Not allowed are spirits and other harder alcoholic drinks.
- Once you turn 18, you can drink what you like
- In Germany, the blood-alcohol limit is 0.5 mg of alcohol per mm of blood. For an average sized man, this is only two small beers.
- Public drinking is legal in Germany