Along the water – excursions between the North and Baltic Sea

Just let it blow through and take a break from everyday life? Nothing easier than that! In Schleswig-Holstein, the „real north“, there is plenty to discover between the North and Baltic Seas. Clear that the most beautiful tours along the water lead. We have selected seven day trips in this collection, which will take you to different islands, show you the Holstein Switzerland and bring you the unique nature in the northernmost state – be it by bike or on foot.

For all tours you can arrive relaxed by train. It does not matter if you start alone or in a group, there is a suitable leisure ticket for everyone. The trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein bring you comfortably into the respective corner of Schleswig-Holstein, with the bus you can get further if needed. If you do not want to take your bike with you, you can simply rent a bike at the starting points and travel even more independently and relaxed.

Whether for a long vacation or a day trip, alone or with friends, on two legs or two wheels – the possibilities in Schleswig-Holstein are manifold. Find your way along the water and enjoy the unique idyll of Northern Germany.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:49
    27.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A bike, an island, a day's holiday - welcome to Sylt. If you drive across the dike from the mainland by train, you'll leave your daily stress behind. Kilometers of sandy beaches, picturesque heathland and lonely lighthouses await you on the largest North Frisian island. A landscape that you can experience especially intensively by bike. Let the fresh North Sea air blow around your nose and refresh yourself with a jump in the salty sea water.Start of the tour is at the train station in Westerland. You leave the village to the east and cycle the first few kilometers along the Wadden Sea. Watt is a unique landscape, home to more than 10,000 species of animals and plants. You cycle rested to the north, right of you the Watt, left the Braderuper heath. The heathland is typical of Sylt and give the island its typical character.After 20 kilometers you have reached the Lister harbor. How about a break at the northernmost fish stall in Germany? Strengthened you continue cycling along the Mövengrund dike to the elbow - the northernmost state office in Germany. The 330-meter narrow and 1,200-meter-long peninsula is privately owned, but you can use the bike for free on the road. The entire elbow is a vast bird sanctuary and wildlife sanctuary, with a rich biodiversity of birds, sheep and seals. However, bathing is forbidden, as here particularly strong deep currents occur.From the elbow you drive through the Listland back south, past the last dune in Germany. The entire area is protected, so be sure to stay on the designated bike paths. Not for long, then you will see the houses of Westerland again in front of you. Here you can look for a cozy restaurant on the promenade or you just roll out your towel on the fine sandy beach.Arrival and departure: After Westerland you come from the mainland optimally by train. In Westerland you can rent a bike for the tour, then the journey is even more relaxed. Here you can even get a discount with your train ticket: bahn.de/regional/view/regionen/schholst/freizeit/mietrad.shtml

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  • Intermediate
    02:53
    6.91 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around the Great Eutin Lake leads a relaxed hiking trail along the shore. Start of the eleven-kilometer tour through the so-called Holstein Switzerland is at the station in Eutin, which borders the historic city center. The old half-timbered buildings, whose facades are decorated with rose bushes, give the city a special charm.The Holstein Switzerland is characterized by clear lakes, rolling hills and wide meadows. Right at the beginning, you can get an overview of the landscape from the water tower in Eutin. Then the path goes along the northern shore of Lake Eutin. You wander through a beautiful beech forest and see the lake through the trees again and again.After about five kilometers you change from the north to the south bank. From now on the path leads you along the water. Instead of the forest you are accompanied by the green meadow landscape and always have the sparkling sea water in sight. A special highlight awaits you shortly before the end: the Eutin Castle with its stately castle garden.In Eutin you will find several refreshments to complete your hike. If you have not had enough of the scenery yet, you can enjoy the lake from a different perspective and take a boat across the water. In summer, the excursion boats leave from the city bay five times a day.Arrival and departure: Eutin can be reached every half hour very well by train from Kiel or Lübeck.

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    8.88 mi
    2.4 mph
    325 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    More than 200 small and large lakes characterize the glacial landscape of Holstein Switzerland. On this almost 15-kilometer hike, you'll discover several of the waters that make up the Holsteiner Seenplatte. The hike starts at the train station in Bad Malente, the first lake in the immediate vicinity.You walk along the banks of the 386-hectare lake Dieksee and enjoy beautiful views. On flat forest trails, the route continues past the Suhrer and Behler lake towards Plön with its stately castle. The castle itself is home to a whole area that is one of the most beautiful castles in Schleswig-Holstein and just waiting to be discovered by you.Through the castle garden we continue on the peninsula Prinzeninsel. Artificially created in the 19th century, the island is two kilometers long and in places only about 30 meters wide. At the top you can see the jetty, from which you can take the boat back to Plön - or you walk back to the city on foot. Before you get on the train again, it is worth taking a stroll through the old town.Arrival and departure: Plön you reach every half hour very well by train from Kiel or Lübeck coming.

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  • Intermediate
    04:47
    11.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Get out of the train and down to the water - in this almost 18-kilometer hike you always have the sea in sight. The route starts at the station of the tranquil town of Eckernförde. You stroll through the old town with its colorful houses, before you walk on the kilometer-long sandy beach with the typical beach chairs from the city.The beach will accompany you on your way. So do not forget bathing suits in the summer, so that you can hop in the fresh Baltic Sea for cooling off. On relaxed trails you walk along Eckernförde Bay and let your gaze wander over the blue water. With its cliffs, beaches and dunes, the landscape of the bay offers you many natural stretches of coastline in a small space.You come through coastal forests whose gnarled trees give you shade, you can sit in the fine sand, let your eyes wander and enjoy the fresh sea air. Pure relaxation! At the Grönwohld campsite, turn right and walk slightly uphill towards Krusendorf.Arrival and departure: From Krusendorf you can get back to Eckernförde in 20 minutes by bus 3080. At the end of the day you can have a good time in a restaurant on the promenade. Eckernförde itself can be reached by train every hour from Flensburg and every half hour from Kiel.

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    27.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A lighthouse, sheep on the dike and the Wadden Sea: On this nearly 45-kilometer bike tour awaits you pure North Sea idyll. As a partner of the Wadden Sea National Park, DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein is especially pleased to show you this great tour. The journey starts at the station of the popular seaside resort St. Peter-Ording. You cycle along the boardwalk along the beach until you see the 20-meter high Böhler lighthouse in front of you.The path leads you along the dike, where you can watch the sheep graze. You cycle along the Wadden Sea and can let your gaze wander over this unique habitat. The Watt offers thousands of animals a home, especially the birds you can watch well from the dike.After 27 kilometers you have reached the impressive Eider barrier. The main purpose of the largest German coastal protection structure is the protection against storm surges of the North Sea. You cross the building and cycle along the Eider River to your destination Tönning. It is well worth a visit to the Multimar Wattforum, the largest information center for the Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer National Park (open daily from 9 am to 6 pm).Arrival and departure: Both St. Peter-Ording and Tönning are served by the regional train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    25.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Along the steep coast, this 40-kilometer bike ride takes you on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn. Let's start the round at the train station in Puttgarden. From there you cycle eastwards until you reach the Baltic Sea coast at Marienleuchte.For the next few kilometers, you will ride along a spectacular bike path along the steep coast and enjoy the beautiful scenery to the fullest. At Katharinenhof forest, steep coast and lake almost merge. The waves break at the large rock carvings, which form a fantastic backdrop.You can not ride your bike right up to the southern tip in Staberhuk, the route is closed to cyclists. That's why you drive over Staberdorf until you have the Baltic Sea back under your nose. On a beautiful stretch of beach, we continue towards Burgstaaken. How about a swim break?Via Burg and Bisdorf you cycle back to Puttgarden, where you can watch the ships from the harbor as they drive through the Fehmarnbelt, an approximately 18-kilometer waterway between the south coast of Lolland (Denmark) and Fehmarn.Arrival and departure: After Puttgarden you come from Lübeck by train in one hour. You do not need to bring your own bike, but you can borrow one directly on the spot.

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    13.6 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The nature reserve Geltinger Birk is located on the northeastern tip of the peninsula Angelns, at the exit of the Flensburg Fjord. With its almost 800 hectares, it is the largest nature reserve in Schleswig-Holstein. This 20-kilometer hike will take you around the peninsula over which the area stretches, giving you a great insight into the beauty of nature. Keep your eyes open especially for the birds that are in a variety here.Start of the hike is in Geltingen at the stop Nordstraße. You wander east out of the village past Pommerby until you reach the Baltic Sea coast. On a narrow trail you walk along the coast to the north - accompanied by the fantastic blue of the sea.After ten kilometers you reach the lighthouse in Falshöft, a perfect photo opportunity for your trip on the Baltic Sea. The path leads you along the coast and soon you enter the nature reserve. In good weather you can look from here to Denmark.Continue through dunes, swamps and heaths. Here and there you can discover highland cattle grazing in the meadows. You quickly understand why this patch of earth is so worth protecting.In Geltingen you will find some refreshments. Pack some provisions for this hike, as you'll pass several nice rest areas along the way.Arrival and departure: After Geltingen you come by bus from Flensburg. You can reach Flensburg every hour from Kiel or Hamburg (via Neumünster).

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    121 mi
  • Duration
    25:09 h
  • Elevation
    1,800 ft

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Along the water – excursions between the North and Baltic Sea
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