Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, Lubeck

#4 of 17 in Historic Sites in Lubeck
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
One of the world's oldest social institutions and a precursor of modern hospitals, Heiligen-Geist-Hospital is one of the major landmarks in the old town center. The city's wealthy merchants designed this hospital to house the sick and poor in the 13th century, and the building still contains a home for the elderly within its walls. Built between 1276 and 1286, the brick building features five spires rising above a complex of structures that include a church and the so-called "long house," which used to be a dormitory. In winter you'll find a Christmas market renowned for selling handcrafted products. But you can visit the site at any time of the year to take pictures or join an informative guided tour. Use our Lubeck planning tool to visit Heiligen-Geist-Hospital on your trip to Lubeck, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • One of the oldest hospitals in the world. An active as such even into the 1960-ies. Well worth seeing bothon the inside and the outside. And if your'e visiting the christmas market in the Koburg...  more »
  • Lovely murals in the foyer and you can see through the gates to the former pensioners' hospital. Worth a quick look if you are in the area.  more »
  • Great History and well preserved. Take the time to view this amazing piece of history
  • Interesting to see, both exterior and interior. Entry is free and place has a magical sensation, speaking in architectonic terms. Nice surprise!
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