Lübeck is one of the prettiest small cities in Germany, with a well-preserved old town that has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. The heart of the city is the market square, surrounded by colourful half-timbered houses, the 13th-century Holstentor gate and a range of lively pubs and restaurants. From here, narrow streets lead to a wealth of churches, museums and other historical attractions, including the former home of the world-famous composer Hans Christian Andersen. There’s also a lively arts and culture scene, with a range of theatres and galleries. And if you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, the city’s shopping streets are the perfect place to indulge.