The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchants and their market towns. The League dominated Baltic maritime trade from 1400-1800.

The Hanseatic cities had their own legal system, and furnished their own armies for mutual protection and aid, and could be found across Northern Europe, from the Baltic to the North Sea.

King’s Lynn, in Norfolk, whilst not a full Hanseatic city, was a trade outpost until 1751 and traces of this heritage can be seen today. Today, its Hanseatic roots remain: from England’s only remaining Hanseatic warehouse, to the annual Hanse Festival which takes place in May each year.

To learn more about Hanseatic King’s Lynn, head to Visit West Norfolk.

Walk in the footsteps of the league, and explore other Hanse locations in the region (including Great Yarmouth) at Visit Norfolk.

Photo: Adam Bowie