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Schleswig-Holstein is the most nothern of the 16 federal states (Bundesländer) that make up Germany.
To the north Schleswig-Holstein borders to Denmark, where it was once a part of. In the south it borders Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. To the east and the west is the sea. On one site the Baltic Sea, on the other one the Wadden Sea, which is connected to the Northsea.
The city of Lübeck was the chief town of the Hanseatic League, and the look of the old city hasn't changed a lot since those days. The most famous icon of the city is the Holstentor (Holsten Gate), which was one of the four gates where the city could be entered. The old centre is dominated by seven church steeples. The oldest is are the Lübecker Dom (Lübecker Cathedral) which dates from the 13th Century.
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