The Holsten Gate is the most famous landmark of the city and is one of the last well-preserved medieval city gates in the whole of Germany. It was built between 1464 and 1478 and served at that time for defense, as well as for the representation of the Hanseatic city. A visit to St. Mary's Church is definitely part of a visit to Lübeck. The "mother church of brick Gothic", as it is still called today, is an impressive brick church from the 13th century and is still considered one of the most important buildings of the North German brick Gothic. Lübeck Cathedral is also another impressive church in the city. The foundation stone of this church was laid by Henry the Lion in the 12th century. The Buddenbrook House is a museum dedicated to the life and work of Thomas Mann and his family. The building itself is a beautiful example of the architecture of Lübeck's old town. The salt warehouses are historic warehouses built along the river Traber. They are an important testimony to the economic importance of Lübeck in the Middle Ages. The Gängeviertel is a historic district with narrow streets and winding houses dating back to the 16th century. It is a unique example of the city's construction and way of life and invites you to take a pleasant walk.