Discover Schleswig-Holstein – explore sights and enjoy the Baltic Sea coast

Leuchtturm, zwei Häuser und grüne Wiese

Discover Schleswig-Holstein and the breathtaking coastal landscape of the Baltic Sea. For an unforgettable time on the coast, we would like to help you to find the most beautiful sights and cultural treasures of this federal state and to get to know the rich history of Schleswig-Holstein. Let us take you on a journey of discovery through the many natural and cultural beauties of Schleswig-Holstein!

  • Sightseeing features
  • nature experiences
  • activities
  • gastronomy

Sights in Schleswig Holstein

If you are on tour in Schleswig-Holstein, you should definitely not miss the numerous sights. The region has a lot to offer and is known for its historic towns, impressive castles and churches and picturesque countryside. 

An absolute highlight is the Hanseatic city of Lübeck with its old town , which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can stroll through narrow streets, enjoy the view of the Holsten Gate or try the famous marzipan.

Kiel , the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein, also has a lot to offer. The castle and the port of Kiel with its numerous ships are particularly worth seeing .

If you are interested in history, you should definitely make a detour to Glücksburg . Here is the castle of the same name, which was built in the 16th century and now serves as a museum.

Not to be forgotten are the numerous churches in the region. The St. Petri Church in Lübeck and the St. Nikolai Church in Kiel are particularly impressive .

And of course a trip to the Baltic Sea coast should not be missing. Here you can enjoy miles of sandy beaches or take a walk along the cliffs. 


So that you don’t forget anything on your next holiday on the coast, we have put together a checklist for you: 

Checklist for your holiday on the Baltic Sea


Discover nature experiences in and around Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein is not only known for its coasts and beaches, but also for its beautiful nature. There are numerous ways to discover and experience nature in Schleswig-Holstein.

A highlight are the forests inland. Here you can enjoy the tranquility and beauty of nature on long hikes. The Hüttener Berge nature park , which stretches over 20 kilometers and offers numerous hiking trails, is particularly recommended .

The lake landscape in Schleswig-Holstein is also impressive. The largest lake in the country is the Plöner See, which is surrounded by numerous smaller lakes. Here you can not only swim and boat, but also wonderful fishing.

For animal lovers, a visit to the wildlife park Eekholt is recommended . Here you can experience native animals such as wolves, lynxes and beavers up close and learn a lot about their way of life.

Another natural highlight are the 46,000 hectares of salt marshes on the North Sea coast. This unique landscape is home to numerous rare plant and animal species and is a paradise for bird watchers. 

If you like something a little more action-packed, you should take a trip to the Eckernförde climbing forest . Here you can climb between the treetops and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Baltic Sea.

All in all, Schleswig-Holstein offers a variety of opportunities to experience and enjoy nature. Whether you want to hike, swim, fish or climb – there is something for everyone here. Take a look at our discover page. There you will find a large number of sights and attractions summarized. 


If you want to discover Schleswig-Holstein, you should definitely try out the many activities that the state has to offer. Whether you like hiking, cycling or water sports, you’re guaranteed to find something you like here.

One of the best-known outdoor activities in Schleswig-Holstein is sailing. The coast of the federal state offers ideal conditions for this water sport and there are numerous possibilities to rent a boat or take part in a sailing course. Surfing and kite surfing are also popular activities on the coast. All swimming pools or water sports activities can be found here .

If you prefer to be out in the country, you should take a bike tour through Schleswig-Holstein. There are many well-developed cycle paths along the rivers and through the countryside. The Baltic Coast Cycle Route, which takes you along the coast from Flensburg to Lübeck, is particularly recommended. You can find an overview of various bike rentals here

Hikers also get their money’s worth in Schleswig-Holstein. There are numerous hiking trails through the nature parks and along the coast. The Wadden Sea National Park is particularly impressive, where you can experience the unique nature on a guided mudflat hike.

For families with children, amusement parks such as Hansa-Park or Legoland Billund Resort are a great way to spend a day of fun and adventure.

No matter which activity you choose – there is a lot to discover in Schleswig-Holstein. So pack your bags and discover the many sights and activities this beautiful state has to offer.


Schleswig-Holstein also has a lot to offer in culinary terms. North German cuisine is characterized by fresh local ingredients and hearty dishes. An absolute highlight are the famous fish rolls, which can be found on almost every corner. Whether with herring, Bismarck herring or salmon – every fish lover will get their money’s worth here. Crabs from the North Sea are also a delicacy and should definitely be tried.

In addition to fish, there are also many meat dishes in Schleswig-Holstein, such as Labskaus or kale with pee. This is often served with a cool beer or a schnapps, such as the popular caraway liqueur Korn.

If you like it sweet, you should definitely try the famous Rote Grütze – a berry mix with vanilla sauce. The traditional butter cake or marzipan cake from Lübeck are also highly recommended.

As a little insider tip, we can recommend the wine shop Wine & Friends . Here you will find really good and high-quality wine from Germany, Italy, Spain or France. Of course you can taste each wine in advance. Most of the products come from regional, Italian and Spanish producers. You will find delicious sauces, pesto, pasta, special oils, Italian sweets or spices to go with the wine. Come by and let yourself be convinced of the special quality of the wines. 

In Schleswig-Holstein there are also many farm shops and farmers’ markets where regional products such as fruit, vegetables and cheese are offered. Here you can convince yourself of the quality and freshness.

Culinary journey of discovery along the Schlei: Top gastronomy tips summarized for you

If you travel to Schleswig-Holstein, you should definitely get to know the North German cuisine and try the different specialties. A visit to a farmer’s market or a farm shop is also worthwhile to discover regional products.

Vacation in Schleswig Holstein

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