Plan to take a train from Hamburg to Lübeck in early May and stay overnight. How far is Lübeck from Hamburg? Any interesting centrally located places to stay overnight?
The trains Hamburg--> Lübeck are hourly. The trip is 47min long. During rush hours there are half an hour trains...
Yes, it usually only takes an hour at most between the two. If you are into literature, the Buddenbrookhaus is pretty neat. I never stayed in Luebeck but took a few day trips there when I lived in Hamburg.
This March I spent four days in Luebeck (with an excursion to Schwerin). I flew in to Bremen and took the train to Luebeck via Hamburg. The journey from Hamburg to Luebeck was simple and quick i.e. no problem. Luebeck was a fine city to stroll around. I stayed at the 'Hotel Stadt Luebeck' on 'Am Bahnhof'. It was cheapish - perhaps because it's not in the most elegant of locations, near the railway and bus stations - but it was only 10 minutes walk in to the Altstadt via the Holstentor, my single room was clean and perfectly adequate, and there was an excellent breakfast included in the room price. For info, I ended up drinking and eating very well at a 'Kneipenrestaurant' called Kurbis on Mühlenstraße. Also - because I had never seen the Baltic sea, or dipped a toe in it, I made the excursion to the coastal resort of Travemunde - which was no problem either, just half an hour by train from Luebeck. Hoping some of this helps.