Port Travemunde (cargo, ferry and cruise port for Lubeck, Germany) is located at the mouth of Trave River. It was established in the 12th century by Henry the Lion (Duke of Saxony) as a fortress guarding the river. It received town status in 1317. The fortifications were demolished in 1807.
- Travemunde has been a seaside resort since 1802. It is Germany's largest ferry port on Baltic Sea, with regularly scheduled connections to Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden and Finland.
- The lighthouse is the oldest on Germany's Baltic coast, dating from 1539. Another attraction is the Flying P-Liner Passat - museum ship anchored in the mouth of Trave River.
- The annual Travemunder Woche is a sailing race week in Northern Europe. The Sand festival in is known as Sand World. Travemunde was evoked by Thomas Mann in Buddenbrooks. It is depicted as a place of freedom, happiness and love, in contrast with the problems of everyday life.
Lubeck is a Trave River cruise port in northern Germany. The city has population around 215,000, and is in the Schleswig-Holstein state. Lubeck is one of Germany's largest cargo ports. The city's old part is on an island enclosed by the river. The Elbe–Lubeck Canal connects both rivers (Trave and Elbe). Travemunde is Lubeck's seaport and ferry port on Baltic Sea.
- Among Lubeck's landmarks and attractions are the Old Town's medieval architecture and narrow streets, Lübecker Dom (cathedral)), Marienkirche (St Mary's church), Lubecker Rathaus (Town Hall), Katharineum, the houses of Thomas Mann and Gunter Grass, churches (Petrikirche, Jakobikirche, Propsteikirche Herz Jesu, Aegidienkirche), Salzspeicher (warehouses).
- Lubeck is also among the best Christmas Market river travel destinations in Germany, with its handicrafts market inside the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital (Konigstrasse). The city is also known worldwide for its marzipan industry, with Niederegger being the best known local marzipan producer.
Port Lubeck provides shore-to-ship power capabilities. The technology (by Nidec Corporation, Japan) enables docked vessels to receive electricity from the city's power grid. From the berth, vessels can plug in directly to the grid which allows full onboard operations without using the diesel engines (being shut down right after docking). The Japanese company has installed such shore-power systems in the US ports Los Angeles CA, San Francisco CA, Juneau AK, as well as in other European ports (Goteborg, Livorno, Genoa).
In 2017, Port Lubeck had scheduled 14 cruise ship calls (9 different vessels), including 2 roundtrips. In 2018, both ports (Lubeck and Travemunde) handled 22 ship calls, which in 2019 dropped to 14.
Travemunde cruise terminal
Next photo shows Port Travemunde's ferry and cruise terminal Ostpreussenkai. Terminal's berth can handle ships with max LOA length 200 m (656 ft) and width 25 m (82 ft). There are plans for building a dedicated cruise terminal with 1 berth (length 300 m / 984 ft) to allow docking of bigger cruise liners.
In 2019 started renovation works on Travemunde port's Skandinavienkai terminal.