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Germany’s golden inland – hike marsh, lakes and fjords in autumn

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Germany’s golden inland – hike marsh, lakes and fjords in autumn

Hiking Collection by Binnenland SH

12

Tours

99:34 h

241 mi

5,700 ft

When the leaves change colour in Schleswig-Holstein, the days get shorter and the sunsets become even more magical. Between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, a glorious hiking season begins. The light, the colours and the cool air make experiences in nature more intense and heartbreakingly beautiful. Whether on a short day trip or a challenging hike, it’s a wonderful time of year to reacquaint yourself with the landscape of Germany's northernmost state.

In this Collection, we have selected a colourful mix of hiking trails for autumn. Once you have decided on your favourite trail, the only question that usually remains is how to get there. With the exception of the Jörler Landscape Trail, every hiking trail in this Collection can be reached not only by car, but also by bus and train. The fact that most of the Tours are circular routes makes getting there and back doubly easy. You can quickly find the right connection at the SH local transport association: nah.sh (in German).

In addition to exciting day trips, such as the round trip to the Viking site of Danewerk or the hike to the Karl May plays in Bad Segeberg, we have selected two of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in the north. You can spend 10 days inland on the Nature Park Hiking Trail (komoot.de/collection/1325589) from Brokstedt to Maasholm. The four nature parks along the way offer you a colourful spectacle and great insights into Schleswig-Holstein's wildlife, particularly in autumn. If you're more interested in a pilgrimage trail, check out the four-day Vicelinweg (komoot.de/collection/1331173).

The charm of an autumn hike in the inland is also due to the cosy cafés and restaurants in the region. After all, what could be better than warming up in the afternoon between lakes, rivers and the Baltic Sea fjord with a hot cup of tea and a slice of cake and putting your feet up for a moment?

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    Intermediate
    02:02
    5.01 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On a hike along the Neuendeich cultural and historical hiking trail, you can discover the origins and development of the march on your own. The hike takes you over eight kilometers through the Elbmarsch near Uetersen and even brings you to a special orchard where you can try old apple varieties.The starting point of the hike is a parking …

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    8.79 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The river Krükau not only provides a connection between the two cities of Barmstedt and Elmshorn. It is also the reason why the two cities are surrounded by more picturesque bodies of water. The best way to get to know the entire beautiful water world of the Krükau is on the 14-kilometer Krükau hiking trail.It starts at the Barmstedt …

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  • Easy
    01:31
    3.68 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Schleswig-Holstein is home to a total of eight species of owls and the protection of the animals is particularly important in the north. If you love the feathered animals just as much, then there is a suitable owl hiking trail for you in Tarp in Schleswig-Holstein. Tarp can be reached quickly by train from Hamburg or Flensburg or by bus.

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    6.34 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A hike on the Jörler landscape path will show you how. At several so-called viewing points, you can view the landscape from a cultural and landscape-historical perspective. There is also a lot of exciting information at the various stations.The starting point of the almost ten kilometer hike is near the Paulsgabe petrol station. Either you park your car there, …

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    8.63 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Clear your head for a day, hike on winding coastal paths and listen to the gentle lapping of the waves: You don't have to drive all the way to the Baltic Sea for this. The Schlei has created a unique nature park near Eckernförder, through which this 14.6 kilometer hike takes you.The circular hike begins in Weseby near the …

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    8.00 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Danevirke - in German Danewerk - is a centuries-old Viking rampart where the German-Danish border once ran. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Danes in the 5th and 6th centuries. The reason was probably that the tribe wanted to secure its border, as the system is to be found at the narrowest …

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  • Difficult
    46:53
    113 mi
    2.4 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,925 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Aukrug, Westensee, Hüttener Berge and Schlei: The four nature parks of Schleswig-Holstein combine the uniqueness of the region. They preserve archaeological monuments and historical castles and goods and protect nature in the best possible way. In the heart of Schleswig Holstein, a huge area of renatured heather and moorland areas, old beech forests and a water-rich marshland, which you can get to know on the picturesque nature park hiking trail, is being created.

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    6.24 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can combine great views and the exciting stories of Karl May on this hike around Lake Segeberg on the edge of the Holstein Switzerland National Park. The circular hike is ten kilometers long and takes you on level paths around the lake and then up to the Kalkberg.The starting point is the parking lot on the street “An …

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    5.58 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With its almost nine kilometers and hardly any incline, the hiking trail around the Buckener Autal is a great excursion option for families. On the way there is a lot to see in nature and the romantic riverbeds of the Buckener Au and the Fuhlenau are always an eye-catcher.You can reach the Autal via a parking lot on Claus-Goy-Weg …

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  • Difficult
    25:56
    63.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A historical and scenic pilgrimage route in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein takes you back to the roots of Christianity in Northern Elbe. The Vicelinweg takes you on a journey into the history of the priest Vicelin, who came to the region of today's Neumünster in 1126 to proselytize the Holsati and Slavs. At the time, however, Vicelin encountered difficult conditions …

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    7.30 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A lake and a quiet path through the moor: that's all you need for the perfect weekend excursion. On the outskirts of Neumünster, both are very close together and can be combined into a relaxed tour via a small, fine circular hiking trail.The starting point of the almost 12-kilometer hike is the small Einfeld train station, which you can …

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    5.05 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The environment and its protection play a major role in the fifth largest city in Schleswig-Holstein. For this reason, she has created a hiking trail around the Tarpenbek lowlands on the outskirts of the city, which provides insights into the flora and fauna at 17 nature experience stations.The circular route is a total of eight kilometers long and starts …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    241 mi
  • Duration
    99:34 h
  • Elevation
    5,700 ft

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