Lubeck is unique among the larger cities of Germany in that most of its architectural heritage survived the war intact.
Many streetscapes have retained their centuries-old appearance.
While other major cities suffered an average of 75%-95% destruction, Lubeck lost only 6% of its buildings, while around 39% suffered minor damage.

A. C. Grayling in his book 'Among the Dead Cities' makes the point that as the Area bombing directive issued to the RAF on 14 February 1942, focused on the "morale of the enemy civil population", Lübeck, with its many timbered medieval buildings, was chosen because the RAF "Air Staff were eager to experiment with a bombing technique using a high proportion of incendiaries" to help them carry out the directive.
Basically, Lubeck was used as a testing ground in order to study the effectiveness of firestorms as a way to demoralize the citizenry of the larger cities. By the time they destroyed Dresden the technique had been perfected.

Here follows a few images of what you will find in this amazing city, giving just a hint of its treasures: