The Hanseatic City of L�beck is the second-largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It was for several centuries the "capital" of the Hanseatic League ("Queen of the Hanse") and, because of its Brick Gothic architectural heritage, is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In 2005 it had a population of 213,983.
Situated on the river Trave, L�beck is the largest German port on the Baltic Sea. The old part of the town is an island enclosed by the Trave. The Elbe�L�beck Canal connects the Trave with the Elbe River. Another important river near the town centre is the Wakenitz. The Autobahn 1 connects L�beck with Hamburg and Denmark (Vogelfluglinie). The borough of Travem�nde is a sea resort and ferry port on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Its central station links L�beck to a number of lines, notably the line to Hamburg