Florian Bartonek

Discover the „real north" of Germany with your friends

Summer, sun, weekend – it’s time for a trip into the wide landscape of Schleswig-Holstein. As it fun is best when shared, why not invite your friends along for an active weekend break. In the „real north", as the Schleswig-Holsteiners call their homeland, you can discover a lot – either on foot or by bike. In this Collection, we have put together eight varied tours in the north, just waiting for you and your friends to discover. Let yourself be enchanted by how green, diverse and utterly beautiful is the northernmost state in Germany.

Experience typical North Sea idyll in Eiderstedt, enjoy the fine Baltic Sea beach in the Bay of Lübeck, get to know the green side of Flensburg and forget the stress of everyday life on a hike through the Katinger Watt. You are guaranteed to find variety here – whether rough North Sea, hilly inland scenery or the calm Baltic Sea, every region has its own and very special charm. Find out where you like it best.

Thanks to the well-developed network of DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein you can reach all routes comfortably and stress-free by train. For example, with the small group ticket, you can travel all day on a specific route by bus and train. If you want to make your start and finish more flexible, then the Schleswig-Holstein ticket will be a better fit. Unlike the small group ticket you can’t use this on the bus. For both tickets, however, the more friends you have, the cheaper it will be. Up to five people can share a ticket.

The next weekend is coming, so what are you waiting for? Call friends, buy a ticket and head off on an action-packed summer weekend. The beaches, forests and lakes at Waterkant await.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    06:58
    17.2 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Green meadows, shady forests and the North Sea right in front of your nose: The former wadden and salt marshes Katinger Watt at the river mouth of the Eider was diked about 50 years ago for flood protection reasons. In time, a unique sanctuary for plants and animals has developed here, which you can walk through on this 18-kilometer hike.Start of the tour is in the tranquil village Vollerwiek. From there it goes straight to the water and up to the Eider barrier on the dike along. Let the salty air of the North Sea blow your nose and enjoy the wide view over Eiderstedt. After a good six kilometers you have reached the impressive barrage.Now the route turns left and leads you into the Katinger Watt. Observe meadow birds such as the avocet and the lapwing in their habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for the gray geese and white-tailed eagles. Breathe the scent of the orchids and watch the cattle graze on the salt marsh.At the end of your tour of this gem, the nature center Katinger Watt of the NABU is on your way. Here you can get exciting information about the Watt and the uniqueness of this nature. From here it is not far to your starting point, where you can end the day with a fruity piece of fruit cake in the Glücks-Café.Arrival and departure: Garding is reached by train every hour from Husum. If the whole route is too long for you, you can also take the callBus to Vollerwiek from the station in Garding - this will shorten the route to around 17 kilometers. In the end, the RufBus also brings you back. Important: Small group card to solve immediately after Vollerwiek and then the Rufbus costs nothing extra. Simply call at least two hours before the ride and arrange the time. More infos under 04862/1000788 or under rufbus-eiderstedt.de.

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  • Intermediate
    04:02
    40.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Dikes, sheep and flat land - North Sea idyll pure. On this 65-kilometer bike ride you dive into the characteristic landscape of North Frisia. From Husum it goes by bus to Hattstedt. From there you cycle over the 2.5 kilometer long dam and leave your daily stress behind. Because on the peninsula Nordstrand the clocks tick more slowly.On the dike, you circle the peninsula and can enjoy the tranquility, the wind and the view of the sea. You will be accompanied by the bleating of the sheep, which keep the grass on the dikes short and thus contribute to the care. Every now and then you have to dismount and push your bike through a gate. But you have a fantastic view of the mudflats and later on the Halligen. On the way you come to enough great places for a break over.After about 30 kilometers you leave Nordstrand and continue on the narrow dike, which brings you to the Lüttmoorsiel and from there to the Hamburger Hallig. In Lüttmoorsiel there is a swimming area and a café. If you take a break here, you might see the Halligbahn, which runs from Beltringharder Koog to Hallig Nordstrandischmoor.Once you reach the Hamburger Hallig, you follow the only path across the small marching island to the top. There you can stop in the restaurant Hallig Kroog and enjoy the view of this very special landscape. The last few kilometers you cycle at the nature reserve Beltringharder Koog back to Hattstedt.Arrival and departure: Husum can be reached every hour from Kiel, Hamburg and Westerland. After Hattstedt and back brings you the bus 1020th In Hattstedt you can borrow a wheel at the gas station in town, with or without electric motor (open daily from 5.30 bis 21 clock clock).

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  • Difficult
    05:17
    12.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    475 ft
    550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Off to the beach - but not without exploring some parts of Flensburg and the nature reserve Twedter Feld. This 21-kilometer walk shows you the third largest city in Schleswig-Holstein from its green side. Start is at the station.From there, you will walk through the beautiful center and look at the ships from the top of the harbor, in order to lock you down just in time. Then the St. Jürgen-Stair brings you up to the district Jürgensby. A considerable part of the 140 vertical meters you have actually already behind you.Soon you will see the tower of the Church of St. John Adelby in front of you. A look into the stone church is worthwhile. You leave the houses of the city behind you and wander across field and forest paths into the Twedter field. The once lush beech forest still has 90 hectares - a fantastic recreational area on the outskirts of the city. The path leads you through the beautiful landscape, under shady trees and past the Roikier Lake. Pure hiking pleasure!After 15 kilometers it is time for a long break. Hiking boots off and feet in the sand. On the beach of Glücksburg you can let your eyes wander to Denmark, eat a fish sandwich and hop into the water for refreshment.The next six kilometers you have the Flensburg Fjord almost always in sight. A beautiful path will take you along the water until you reach the beach in the Solitüde district. Here you have once again earned an extended bath break. Back to the center brings you then the bus.Arrival and departure: To Flensburg train station you come quite relaxed with the trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Kiel or Hamburg via Neumünster. From Solitüde the bus line 3 goes back to the center.

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    29.9 mi
    8.8 mph
    850 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this nearly 50-kilometer bike tour you discover the beautiful inland of Schleswig-Holstein with its lakes, forests and hills. Start of the tour is at the train station in Neustadt. Along the harbor you cycle over a narrow bridge out of the city into nature.You continue through the idyllic villages and into the hilly landscape of Holstein Switzerland. After about 15 kilometers you will see the glittering waters of the Great Eutin Lake. The path leads you right along the shore, several nice rest areas invite you to take a break.A particularly beautiful rest you can insert after 20 kilometers in the Eutiner castle - including historical treasures, English garden art and tasty castle kitchen. If you have time left, make a round through the beautiful old town before continuing on the lakeshore and out of the city.The path now rises slightly, somewhere the name Holsteinische Schweiz has to come. After 34 kilometers, you can still make a short detour to Gömnitzer tower and enjoy a great view of the Bay of Lübeck from the lookout tower.Ready for a coffee break? Then the Palmencafé in Sierhagen is just right. In the palm house of the farm house you can enjoy homemade cakes and relax on the spacious terrace. To the starting point, you cycle almost downhill.Arrival and departure: Neustadt in Holstein you reach quite relaxed with the trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from direction Puttgarden and Lübeck. Tip: Rent a bike directly in Neustadt.

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

    Fresh sea air around the nose, fine sand under your feet and to top it all off with a fish roll - nothing more is needed for a perfect day on the Baltic Sea. On this 13 kilometer hike, you can enjoy all that and even more. Start of the tour is at the train station in Timmendorf-Strand.The beach is only later, in advance you roam the nature reserve Aalbeek lowland. The area forms a counterpoint to the bustling beach promenade. Here you can enjoy the lush green nature and may also discover a few animals. From the Hermann Löns tower you have the perfect overview of the swamp and forest area.You can already smell the sea air? Not far, then you see the blue waters of the Baltic Sea. In Niendorf you reach the sea and can make a stop at the fish smokehouse Rühmlings. Strengthened, it continues along the coast. At the end of the village begins the four kilometers long Brodtener cliff. You can explore these in two different ways: either you walk along the top along the edge or you choose the Strandweg directly at the surf. You can also take turns, the (only) staircase is located near the youth house Seeblick, about one kilometer from the Baltic Sea resort Niendorf.The path continues along the beach until the stretch of sand widens and you reach the pier of Travemünde. Here you can relax in a café on the promenade or in a beach chair before hopping back on the train.Arrival and departure: Both Timmendorfer beach and Travemünde you reach quite relaxed from Lübeck with the trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein.

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    8.48 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 14-kilometer hike will show you Kiel from a different angle: Instead of shopping streets and along the harbor, you will walk past lakes and up the Cuckoo Mountain. Arrived at the central station Kiel it goes by bus to the start of the tour in Kiel district Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf.At the beginning, the trail leads you along the banks of the Schwentine. You can watch the river on the last meters of its journey to the mouth into the Kiel Fjord. Then you turn right, walk on field and meadow paths past some homes until you reach the nature reserve Tröndelsee. The waters are surrounded by wet meadows, alder-rupture forests and some pastureland that are grazed for the care of cattle. A wooden path leads you through the swampy landscape. The wet meadows are popular with the waterfowl as well as the orchids.Right next door is the Langsee, which is surrounded by shrubs and trees. At the southern end of the lake rises the cuckoo's mountain. A varied path leads you over the wooded hill.Gradually, you leave the green oases behind you and dive back into the lively city life. Once in the center, you can have a good time with coffee and cake in the "Blue Angel" right on the quay wall. The train station is only a stone's throw away.Arrival and departure: After Kiel it is super comfortable from all directions - Lübeck, Flensburg, Hamburg and Husum - with the trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein. From the central station in Kiel you can get to Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf in about 20 minutes by bus 60S. Get off at Schwentinestraße.

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    27.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Typical for Schleswig-Holstein are the mudflats, the dikes and the sheep. In the interior of the most northerly state, you can expect a lot of dense forests and lush meadows. For example, on this 45-kilometer bike ride from Neumünster.From the train station you cycle through the city forest and past the airfield into the green. The path leads you through several idyllic villages, over small rivers and through a beautiful nature. Altitude difference you have to master hardly, so it is particularly relaxed.After 26 kilometers, take a break at the farm museum "Dat ole Hus". In the thatched house you can see how people used to live in the area. From the museum café smell the freshly baked waffles, especially delicious with red porridge and cream.Well-fortified, it continues through the forests of the north. After 40 kilometers, the trail leads you past the animal park Neumünster. Here you can observe more than 100 animal species, from alpaca to dwarf otters. Through the city forest, it is then not far, until you reach the station again.Arrival and departure: Neumünster is centrally located in Schleswig-Holstein and can be easily reached with the trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Hamburg, Kiel and Flensburg.

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    4.37 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The city of Lübeck is surrounded by the Trave and the Elbe-Lübeck Canal like an island. While in the center the shopping streets are animated by residents and guests, you will find a beautiful, natural walking route all around - in the middle of the city.Let's start the seven-kilometer tour at the train station in Lübeck. From there you cross the moat and walk to the famous Holstentor - the landmark of the Hanseatic city. You see the Trave flowing in front of you, cross the bridge and continue walking in the direction of the river.You follow the riverbank, make a detour to the cathedral and walk past the mill pond. If you hit the riverbank again, you're standing on the Elbe-Lübeck-Canal. It represents a connection for inland navigation between the Elbe and the Baltic Sea. Passing the Kaisertor and over the Prahlswall, you continue along the canal bank and enjoy the idyllic waterfront to the fullest.After just under five kilometers you reach the castle gate and shortly thereafter again the well-known Trave. You continue on the Untertrave, cross a bridge again and shortly before the end of the tour you pass the museum harbor. Before you go back to the station, it is worth a detour to the city center. If only to snack on some marzipan.Arrival and departure: After Lübeck you come by train from Hamburg, Kiel, Lüneburg or Puttgarden.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    149 mi
  • Duration
    31:11 h
  • Elevation
    2,375 ft
Discover the „real north" of Germany with your friends
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DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein