Gale winds are blowing, seagulls are screaming above and the soft sound of sea waves gently intrudes your mind. Time and again hefty gusts whip up the Baltic Sea, then the sun breaks through the thick blanket of clouds and the whole coastline starts glowing in a supernatural amber light. That’s Holstein, the Northern German place of yearning and with centuries of holiday tradition.
What could be better than an extended hike in this ever-changing weather? One day you’re exploring the gorgeous hinterland full of forests and large sweetwater lakes and the next day you’re climbing steep dunes only to stand glued to the spot at the first sight of the marvellous glassy sea in front of you. Sitting in quaint harbours you watch those fishermen return to their home port while munching on a juicy fish sandwich, then you’re following tiny paths along a rugged cliff to a majestic lighthouse from which you enjoy a breathtaking view over the glassy water that stretches out in front of you. No matter if you’re walking the long pilgrimage trails in Denmark or short day hikes in Germany - you will certainly not forget this holiday.
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Between the Baltic Sea and the lake Hemmelsdorfer extend the Aalbeek lowlands, a beautiful and adventurous nature reserve. There is a lot to explore on the 14km long route. The rustic Hemmelsdorfer Fischereihof with its glass smokehouse, the Hermann Löns tower with a panoramic view, which in good weather even reaches Lübeck and the Niendorf harbor are indispensable on this hiking route.
There are two ways to explore the Brodtener shore. The trail above the Brodtener steep bank is rich by its easy accessibility, bicycle fitness and the beautiful panoramic views of the sea and in the Schleswig-Holstein hill country. Follow the path described here: Behind the Niendorf indoor pool on the beach in the direction of Travemünde. After 200 meters, a path leads up to the cliff path. Past the Hermannshöhe, the memorial stone for castaways and the golf course to Travemünde to the Trave estuary. Following along the Trave, the old lighthouse and the Überseekai over to the fishing port of Travemünde, from which a bus back to Niendorf. The Brodtener Steep Coast Trail covers 10km. Another way to explore the Brodtener shore offers the difficult walkable trail below the steep bank, which runs directly to the surf. It is characterized by the sound of the sea, shores, fallen trees, driftwood, flotsam, seaweed, shells and stones of all sizes and colors.
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On the tour, you will be able to enjoy the lakeshore, the shady forests and the magnificent manor houses. You start at the Fissauer Fährhaus and then make a detour from Sielbeck Kellersee to enchanted Ukleisee. Returning to the Kellersee, the path always leads you as close as possible along the shore, so that you can see many different views of the huge body of water with white excursion boats, colorful paddle boats and quacking ducks.Abbreviation: Switching to the ferry of the "Kellersee Fahrt" can save about one third of the distance kilometers.
You start at the station forecourt in Neustadt, then you go through the Bahnhofstraße to Lienaustraße, with a short detour to the right to the small harbor with historic yachtsmen. Info boards mark very interesting places there. On the way to the Gutshof Sierhagen you have a nice view back to the silhouette with Pagoda store and city church. On a path lined with pastures and fields, after a short rest on the Gutshof Sierhagen, you will reach Gömnitz. Here you make a short detour to Gömnitzer Berg, on which stands a large brick tower - there your gaze sweeps far over the flat hills of the moraine landscape. Then it goes further north, in the forest of Holstein Switzerland. After several well-marked changes of direction, you will reach the Kolksee surrounded by large beeches. The small bathing area is also a nice resting place. In the constant ups and downs of the way now winds through a wonderful deciduous forest until you can catch a first glimpse of the Great Eutin Lake. Somewhat later, an imposing beech with branches growing together attracts your attention. The path now remains close to the lake. A narrow bridge takes you to the Eutiner Seepark and on the lakeside promenade you continue to the moated castle. Your destination is now not far away: the historic market square of Eutin.
The island Fehmarn lies in front of the peninsula Wagrien in Schleswig-Holstein. Recreation, space and freshness - that's what makes Fehmarn. The nature, the sea and the fresh sea air contribute to one of the most beautiful hiking experiences in Northern Germany.In the north-west of Fehmarn is the water bird reserve Wallnau, which you cross with cautious steps on your tour. Here live up to 250 different species of birds in their natural habitat. In addition to the birds, many other animals can be discovered in this nature reserve.
This round tour leads you over wide forest and field paths, partly also over paved or paved ways - in each case without noteworthy slope. From Strande over the estate Alt-Bülk you reach the Baltic Sea and then follow the steep coast back to the lighthouse Bülk, from where you get back to Strande.
On this approximately 200-kilometer long-distance path across the delightful island of Lolland, you will see more than 50 different monastic sites! Here you will learn about the church, art, history and nature of Denmark. The path is not signposted, but follows other signposted paths and connects them. Here, however, you can easily get it in full length, so you can concentrate on your main goal: switch off and enjoy a vacation that you will never forget!
On the beautiful island of Als, this fabulous long-distance hiking trail leads you over the east coast of the island in about two days. You walk over picturesque pebble beaches and walk through enchanted forests. Here you can explore some archaeological sites that reveal the secrets of ancient stone-age barrows. Almost all the time you have the soothing Baltic Sea in view. Is not that wonderful?