Founded in 1134, the Hanseatic City of Lübeck is situated near the Baltic Sea. With its approximately 210.000 inhabitants, it is a center of commerce, industry, and higher education that is playing an increasingly important role in bringing together the people of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the Baltic States and Poland. Much of its architecture, dating back to the Middle Ages, is still intact in the older portion of town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its many restaurants, cinemas, theaters, and clubs, the city offers a variety of recreation opportunities for young people. Lübeck offers a lively art scene, plays host to Northern Film Days and is the main venue for the world-famous Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. From Lübeck, it is just 35 miles to the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and just 10 miles to seaside resort of Travemünde.