- The Hanseatic Brick Gothic was a style initially taken directly from France, then rejected and transformed into a regionally distinct style.
- The Renaissance styles in the Baltic came largely from Flanders and Antwerp, and by comparison, slowly evolved into a unique style.
- Connections to Denmark, though few in number, such as the town of Glückstadt, represent the core history of the region.
Holstein is an ancient Duchy that sits between the Eider and Elbe Rivers. Historically it was part of both Denmark and the Holy Roman Empire. Only the Imperial Cities of Lübeck and Hamburg escaped the authority of the Danish Crown. The region is not quite a borderland, as attempts by the Danish crown to more forcibly integrate the region into the Kingdom failed. By the end of the Thirty Years War, Holstein achieved a degree of independence that it would retain until the Schleswig-Holstein Crisis in the late 19th century.
Most of the region was devastated by WWII, and there are few places that escaped its impact. Both Hamburg and Kiel were wiped off the earth, and though Lübeck suffered less, the war destroyed some of its most important architectural landmarks.
The region, therefore, has much to offer in its idyllic pastoral landscapes, famous for its milk and break. The city of Lübeck is by far the most spectacular destination in the region, though Hamburg offers enough to keep you occupied for a day or two.
- Accommodation: 10
- Transportation: 10
- Volume/Capacity: 10
- Infrastructure: 9
- Interactivity: 8
- Context: 5
- Monuments: 8
- Quality: 7
- Abstraction: 8
- Tradition: 5