Lübeck: business development corp

A location with more

60.000 companies with 2,6 million employees generating an annual revenue of more than € 150 billion - that is the German logistics industry. With the move of Europe's geographic distribution centre from the Benelux states to Germany after the latest EU accession round, the German logistics and distribution industry got an additional boost making it the largest single market within Europe. In Western Europe Germany now accounts for 25% of all revenues in this segment.


The backbone to this success is a state-of-the art infrastructure with Europe's largest railway, highway and inland waterway network at its core, the application of the latest ICT to enhance and support the goods flows and above all customers requiring sophisticated logistic services.

Lübeck - handling 40% of Germany's Baltic port cargo

Lübeck's two main distinguishing factors as a location are its unique position as Europe's most southwestern Baltic Sea port, in close proximity to Hamburg, and the trilateral land, sea and air infrastructure.


The A 1 autobahn is the most direct road link between western Europe and Scandinavia, with a travel time of 30 minutes between Lübeck and Hamburg. The A 20 Baltic Sea autobahn is the direct route to Stettin in Poland following part of the Baikal Amur Mainline, which continues east as far as St. Petersburg. Even destinations in the neighboring countries to the south are reachable within a day. It is only 40 miles (65 km) from Lübeck to Hamburg.


Lübeck's railway system links the rail network of the German rail operator, Deutsche Bahn AG, with a large industrial and docks network, integrating the city's industrial and business parks. Lübeck is the only Baltic Sea port to have docks directly on the autobahn, railway and Europe's inland waterway network (via the Elbe-Lübeck Canal). Between 1995 and 2010, a total of 560 million euros will be invested in dock extensions (primarily at Skandinavienkai quay), the most up to date equipment, storage, and dockside business parks.


Last but not least, Lübeck Blankensee is the largest international airport in Schleswig-Holstein. And the Airport Business Park, for companies needing close proximity to an airport, is a technology oriented business and logistics center directly on the A 20 autobahn.

And above all: We offer more.

A major port and transport hub on the Baltic coast, Lübeck has more to offer logistics companies. Above all, a brighter future. This is a busy and expanding Baltic Sea port - the most southwestern in Europe. With outstanding infrastructure and geographical position, and 130 hectares of available - and affordable - land for business, trade and industry. Not forgetting a catchment area with a population of 6.5 million. Lübeck's basis for the future is further underpinned by its unique, multimodal - land, water and air - transportation situation as well as the presence of a multitude of leading companies in the growing areas of medicine & biotechnology, the media & IT and trade & logistics. It is a city with a long history, proud of its tradition. Above all, it is a city which looks to the future, and which continually breaks new ground. Ensuring that Lübeck companies will continue to prosper, well into the future. Welcome.  


Logistics Real Estate 2012
Trade guide logistics 2010
Logistics Brochure
Automotive Logistics Brochure

Case Story Spedition Bode
Case Story Dräger Interservices
Case Story Michael Gröning/LHG
Case Story Hans Lehmann KG

Case Story Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft

Statistics: Cargo Volume
Statistics: Passengers (Port)


Largest ferry port in Europe : Multimodal transport : 27 million tonnes annual dock turnover : 400.000 tonnes annual inland waterway turnover : 150 sailings per week to 25 Baltic ports : 35 block train connections per week : largest airport in Schleswig-Holstein with more than 500,000 passengers : 6,5 million people within catchment area (radius 120 minutes)