Pack your swimming pants – beach walks in Schleswig-Holstein

One country, two seas. If you are traveling in Schleswig-Holstein, you can choose whether you are more the North Sea type or the Baltic. Both coasts have their own charm and are simply beautiful. In this Collection, we have put together seven beach walks in northern Germany which bring you to the most beautiful beaches and can be perfectly combined with a long day at the sea. From sandy beaches to green fields and pebbled crags – the coast offers spectacular varied scenery. While the North Sea welcomes you mostly with a rougher climate, dikes and sheep, walking along Baltic Sea from pier to pier, you will pass miles of sandy beaches.

The routes vary in length, from a relaxed walk to a short hike. Sturdy shoes are recommended, so leave your flip-flops in your beach bag for the time being. All routes are great for children and lead you past beach cafes and beautiful beaches. And best of all: you can leave your car at home and arrive easily by train. The routes always start and end at a station where you can catch a DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein train. The Schleswig-Holstein ticket lets you use the train all day with up to four other people through the country – great for the climate and your wallet.

Do not forget your swimwear and sunscreen to make the most of discovering the northernmost country’s coasts with your friends and family. Whether you choose the North or Baltic Sea, a short break by the sea is always a great idea. And, for that you do not have to drive far, but just get on the regional train.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:00
    9.86 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Westerland on Sylt is known for its miles of sandy beaches, the fish restaurants Gosch and the band Die Ärzte. The main town of Sylt is also a great starting point for various tours across the largest of the North Frisian island. Start of this 16-kilometer round is at the station.You go directly to the beach and stroll along the promenade to the south. Not far, then you reach the so-called Himmelsleiter, the highest beach staircase on the island. If you fancy climbing stairs: from the top you have a great view over the coast.On the fine sand you walk on to the beach oasis. Here you have earned your first break - authentic in a beach chair. Then you continue for a while on the beach, until you turn left into the dunes and get to Rantumbecken. A round around the pool with its beautiful water landscape and variety of birds is almost a must for a Sylt visit. Let the wind blow around your nose and enjoy the peace and idyll. About Tinnum you walk back to Westerland, where you will find a large selection of restaurants and cafes for a successful island conclusion.Arrival and departure: You reach Westerland with the trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Hamburg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    7.79 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You get off the train in Bad St. Peter south and can already smell the salty air - time for a break on the North Sea. St. Peter-Ording is the most popular seaside resort in Schleswig-Holstein. Reason enough to get to know the place better during a walk. The sea can wait a bit, because St. Peter-Ording has more to offer than its miles of sandy beach.From the train station you walk to Bad St. Peter Dorf. This idyllic district offers a relaxed counterpart to the bustling beach promenade. In the district is also the West Coast Park with the Robbarium, the largest seal of the North Sea filled with pure North Sea water. Here you can experience feedings twice a day and in addition to seals also many other animals see, from marabou to Somaliaschafen.After the animal break it is time for the sea. Once at the water, the path leads you through the beautiful dune landscape, then on the beach promenade and finally along the salt marsh. In the distance you can already see the stilt houses of St. Peter Ording, which also includes the beach bar 54 ° North. From now on beach time applies. Enough sun and North Sea air? The nearest station Bad St. Peter-Ording is the fastest way on the beach path.Arrival and departure: Bad St. Peter-Ording and Bad St. Peter Süd can be reached by trains from DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Husum.

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  • Easy
    01:53
    4.52 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From pier to pier. This good seven-kilometer walk brings you from Scharbeutz to Timmendorfer Strand - almost exclusively along the Baltic Sea. Start is at the train station in Scharbeutz.You walk through the village, make a short run through the park and you can see the water in front of you. For the all-round sea feeling worth the 220-meter walk to the top of the pier. Back on land you are heading for Timmendorfer Strand.You stroll along the coast and can take bathing breaks as the mood takes you. The sandy beach accompanies you the whole time. If the seawater is still too cold for you, you can indulge yourself in Timmendorfer Strand in the Baltic Sea spa. Right at the entrance you run past it.Soon you will see the next pier in front of you. With its 275 meters, it takes you a little further into the sea. Left and right of the pier, you can find a place for your towel or you rent a beach chair. At the end of the day you come through the park to the train station in Timmendorfer Strand.Arrival and departure: Scharbeutz and Timmendorfer Strand can be reached by trains from DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from the direction of Puttgarden and Lübeck.

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    7.16 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Although only 800 meters from the mainland, Fehmarn has a relaxed island atmosphere. As soon as you drive over the Fehmarnsund Bridge, you leave the stress of everyday life behind. A long walk on the beach makes the short-stay day perfect.Start of the route is at the station in Puttgarden. From the ferry port you can watch the big ferries that travel to Denmark several times a day. You leave the place to the west and dive into the Baltic Sea beach idyll. After about three kilometers you enter the nature reserve "Grüner Brink". Already since 1938 this 2.5 kilometers long and up to 180 meters wide strip of land is under protection. The area serves as a breeding ground for a number of rare waterfowl.Arriving at the Niobe monument, which commemorates the misfortune of the 1932 sunk training ship of the Imperial Navy, you turn around and walk back through a narrow coastal forest. East of the "Green Brink" you can sit on the beach in a café, watch the kite surfers and jump into the floods.Arrival and departure: You can reach Puttgarden by train from DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Lübeck.

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

    Harbor, lighthouse, beach? Check! This good 13 km long tour offers you a lot of Baltic idyll, peppered with enjoyable breaks - because sea air is known to make you hungry. Start of the short hike is at the train station in Neustadt in Holstein. Only a short distance away is the harbor, a perfect start to your day out to the sea.On the waterfront, you continue on the Lower Jungfernsteig, on the wayside you can discover some works of art. Not far, then you have the Baltic Sea and the beach with the promenade in front of you. You need a cool down? Then off to the cool water. From now on it says: Always along the beach. On the way you will find numerous cafes and restaurants for a refreshment.After six kilometers you can already see the nearly 20 meter high lighthouse in Pelzerhaken. The coast makes a bend, behind which extends the sandy beach of Pelzerhaken. Unlike many other seaside resorts, it still looks quite original. Especially kite- and windsurfers find ideal conditions in the shallow water with sandbanks. The beach is the only one on the Bay of Lübeck with south exposure and therefore ideal for sunbathing.On your way back, you can treat yourself to a slice of cake in Café Südstrand. If you are looking for a hearty hunger, you will find it in Klüvers Brauhaus - just a stone's throw from the train station.Arrival and departure: Neustadt in Holstein can be reached by trains from DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Lübeck and Puttgarden.

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  • Easy
    01:02
    2.52 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This walk is perfect for a bit of exercise before a relaxing beach day. Stroll through the picturesque seaside village of Eckernförde and let your gaze wander over the bay. Start of the good three-kilometer round is at the station.From there you go through the beautiful streets north towards the harbor. Once there, you walk along the quay to the lighthouse. Depending on the time of day you see the fishermen catching their catch. Previously, the port served primarily the grain and fertilizer envelope. Today marinas with sailing and motor yachts dominate the picture.The path leads you on the beach promenade. On the way you will come to beautiful cafes and the tourist information. A detour through the park with its sculptures is still worthwhile, before you finally strip off the shoes and run through the sand towards the pier. You really want to jump into the water now? What are you waiting for!On the way from the beach back to the station, you can treat yourself to a fish sandwich at "Fischzeit" in Kieler Straße. It's part of it somehow.Arrival and departure: You reach Eckernförde with the trains of the DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Flensburg and Kiel.

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  • Easy
    01:11
    2.90 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Since 1802 Travemünde carries the additional title "Ostseebad". The former fishing and Schifferstädtchen became a top address for bathers, but Travemünde has not lost its charm. Let this walk convince you.Start of the tour is at the harbor station in Travemünde. The promenade, which leads you along the harbor, begins two streets ahead. Here you can watch a lot of ships and you might see a big liner that moored at the pier.The path continues along the harbor edge. After one and a half kilometers worth a detour to the oldest lighthouse in Germany. The Old Lighthouse was first mentioned in 1330 in a document. If you climb the 142 steps, you have a wonderful view over Travemünde, the Bay of Lübeck and Mecklenburg.You keep walking along the water until the trail ends. Now you stand on the Nordermole with a magnificent view of the Baltic Sea. You walk back to the mainland and can already see the long sandy beach to your right. So shoes off and feet in the sand. On your way to the pier you can find a place for a swim break. Before you get back on the train in Travemünde beach, it's worth taking a break in one of the numerous fish restaurants.Arrival and departure: The train stations in Travemünde can be reached by trains from DB Regio Schleswig-Holstein from Lübeck.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    42.9 mi
  • Duration
    17:31 h
  • Elevation
    525 ft

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