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Schleswig-Holstein e.V.

Maritime impressions in Northern Germany ­ adventure by the sea

At the very top of the map of Germany lies Schleswig-Holstein. Sandwiched between the North Sea and the Baltic, this is a region which is shaped by harbours and tides, by ancient tree-lined avenues and fens and by sea-faring traditions. The proximity to Denmark is tangible: it can be seen in the style of the buildings and heard in the dialect of the people who live here.


Besides the regional capital of Kiel, and the Hanseatic town of Lübeck whose Holsten Gate has now been designated UNESCO World Heritage, Schleswig-Holstein has a number of towns which all have their own distinctive appearance. Take Husum, for example: holidaymakers love to visit this town on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea. The sea and the mudflats can be explored on walks along the dykes, and tours led by expert guides who can tell you all about the local wildlife. The North Sea Museum documents the traditions of dyke-building and the reclamation of land and examines the way the people on the coast have learned to live with the forces of nature and the storm tides. The exhibition also explores life on the Hallig islands, the small undyked islands in the North Frisian Wadden Sea. Husum's most famous son is Theodor Storm whose novella Der Schimmelreiter about the dyked area on the North Sea coast has long been a classic of the literary canon. Storm is commemorated with a bust in the grounds of Husum Palace, where more than four million crocuses transform the park into a riot of colour every spring.


Swoop out like a bird out over the Baltic at Hansa-Park, Germany's only adventure park by the sea, where a new giant rollercoaster is breaking all sorts of records. Ride the cataplector on a spectacular, thrilling adventure, unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Journey through time or a round-theworld trip? Now you don't have to choose: another new Hansa-Park attraction is its themed land on the rise of the Hanseatic League. The park is open from the beginning of April to the end of October.


Based on the pattern of a chessboard, the layout of Friedrichstadt is one of the unusual features that makes this Dutch-influenced town so special. Two canals run through the older part of the town, earning it the nickname of the `Venice of the North'. Visit the Fürstenburggraben canal in the south as well as the Mittelburggraben canal, and admire the old buildings whose red brick facades are typical of the Dutch Renaissance style. The medieval houses with their stepped gables and the historical pump on the market square give Friedrichstadt a special charm all of its own, making a stroll through the old quarter a real treat. If you're looking for a place to relax and unwind, head out to the beautiful unspoilt countryside of the Eider-Treene-Sorge river landscape.

Monks' Trail

Cyclists prepared to tackle a fair bit of gentle climbing on the Monks' Trail will be rewarded with views across the Baltic as far as Denmark. This 340km route meanders its way across the region known as Holstein's "Switzerland", tracing an arc from Glückstadt on the River Elbe to the island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea. The trail links the routes followed by the first Christian missionaries in Holstein with the towns and villages visited by Ansgar, Apostle of the North.

Bad Segeberg

One of Bad Segeberg's biggest attractions is a limestone hill which provides the largest natural winter roosting place for bats in Central and Northern Europe. In winter, the caves of the Kalkberg are home to around 20,000 bats. You can get up close to some of them in the Noctalis visitor centre. Bad Segeberg is also known as the venue of the annual Karl May theatre festival, while its architectural gems include the triple-naved, brick-built St. Mary's basilica, widely held to be one of northern Germany's foremost examples of Romanesque architecture. You should also make time for a visit to the Otto Flath art gallery, and a trip to the Great Segeberg Lake to stroll along the lakeside promenade or, in the summer, to hire a boat.

Culinary delights fresh from the sea

Schleswig-Holstein is known for its fish rolls and North Sea prawns. Begin your culinary tour at Glückstadt harbour where you can enjoy a stroll along one of Germany's most attractive promenades while sampling a matjes roll. Only very young herring which have not yet spawned are used to make matjes. The name comes from the local word for girl, meisje. Another favourite of the region is the Kiel sprat, a small herring smoked over beech or alder wood. Those with a sweeter tooth will love the traditional Lübeck marzipan. Made from almonds, sugar and rosewater, this delicacy has been a speciality of the Hanseatic town for almost 500 years.

Romance and charm

Husum Palace is a delightful venue for a wedding. The special charm of the palace is enhanced by the beautiful gardens in which it is set. The palace itself is separated from the rest of the grounds by a small moat.

Food and drink

Café Valentin in Bad Segeberg's pedestrian precinct is wonderfully furnished with a number of antiques. Guests can sample the delicious homemade cakes and gateaux, speciality teas and coffees and seasonal dishes.

History and tradition

Heinrich Rantzau, humanist, European diplomat and governor to the Danish king, had a chapel and an obelisk built in Bad Segeberg to show off the wealth and importance of his monarch. These can still be seen today.

Nature and scenery

The village of Bergenhausen, famous for its storks, is located on the doorstep of Friedrichstadt within the Stapelholmer Landschaft countryside. Up to 14 pairs of storks come to this village every year to raise their young.