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Coat of arms of Lüneburg
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Lüneburg
Subdivisions 24 districts
17 m (56 ft)
 • Total 75,711
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 04131
Vehicle registration LG

Lüneburg is a city in Lower Saxony in north Germany. It is about 50km southeast of Hamburg. It is the capital of the District of Lüneburg. About 102,660 people live there.

The Ilmenau River, a tributary of the Elbe, flows through Lüneburg.

In medieval times the town was very rich due to the salt trade. Salt used to be transported along the Old Salt Route to the Baltic Sea from where it was sent by ship to other countries. There were salt mines near the town for a thousand years. Salt mining stopped in 1980. The salt mining caused a lot of deforestation. The countryside changed into heathland which is called the Lüneburger Heide (Lüneburg Heath).

Lüneburg is twinned with Scunthorpe, England.

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