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Following in the footsteps of the Vikings – hiking around Schleswig

Following in the footsteps of the Vikings – hiking around Schleswig

Hiking Collection by OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

5

Tours

22:50 h

51.9 mi

1,550 ft

Even the Vikings recognised the uniqueness of the Baltic Sea fjord Schlei, a narrow inlet off the German coast. Back then, the estuary was known for its strategic location at the centre of former trade networks between Northern and Western Europe. Today, the Schlei is defined by its beautiful landscapes, history and abundance of water. That’s why this area in the hilly region of Schleswig-Holstein is a great place for adventures. In this Collection, we present six particularly beautiful hikes that showcase Baltic Sea charm a little inland. The Tours are located around Schleswig, a town which lies at the end of the 42-kilometre (26 mi) long waterway.

Schleswig is also known as the ‘town of the Vikings’, who strongly influenced the region around the Baltic Sea fjord. The best place to start your hiking holiday is therefore the Viking Museum Haithabu, one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany. On your hikes, you will learn a lot about the region’s history and immerse yourself in its rich nature. All of the hikes in this Collection are circular trips through flat landscapes, as is typical in the north, but they are still very varied. This makes them ideal for family day trips. If you plan to spend several days in the region, you can find accommodation in Schleswig. With a city harbour, old town and the wonderfully green Königswiesen meadows on the north shore of the Schlei, the town is the perfect starting point for your hikes.

Experience the Baltic Sea breeze, explore the Schlei's diverse landscapes and get to know Schleswig on your hikes. Top tips: Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit in your rucksack. There’s so much water here that taking a dip is almost obligatory. The Vikings certainly did the same in the past.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    02:41
    6.43 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Noore - from the Danish word “Nor” - are bodies of water that are completely separated from the sea with the exception of a small entrance. Accordingly, there is a …

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  • Intermediate
    03:22
    8.06 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Danewerk - Danish Danevirke - is an ancient rampart on the former German-Danish border. The wall was expanded and developed over centuries and to this day you can clearly see its traces in the wide landscape. On this round tour we will take you to the most impressive remains of the Danewerk. You can also round off your hike with a visit to the Danewerk Museum or the Viking village Haithabu.

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  • Intermediate
    03:32
    8.42 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour, embark on a journey into the age of the nobles and dukes around Schleswig's zoo. Since game was previously kept in enclosures and sometimes hunted here, the …

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    14.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Like the Schlei fjord itself, the Langsee was created as a glacier channel during the last Ice Age. Our hike takes you through the beech forests on the shore of …

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  • Difficult
    07:24
    14.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This extended tour over 24 kilometers offers you a unique and varied natural backdrop peppered with churches worth seeing and lots of idyllic Schlei. If 24 kilometers are too long …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    51.9 mi
  • Duration
    22:50 h
  • Elevation
    1,550 ft
OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

Following in the footsteps of the Vikings – hiking around Schleswig