OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

The journey is the destination – hikes along the River Schlei in Germany

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The journey is the destination – hikes along the River Schlei in Germany

Hiking Collection by OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

33

Tours

100:48 h

236 mi

5,150 ft

Between the towns of Eckernförde and Flensburg in the northernmost German state, Schleswig-Holstein, a magnificent estuary winds its way into the Baltic Sea. Over 26 miles (42 km) long and 2.5 miles (4 km) wide at its largest point, the Baltic Fjord Schlei is a wonderful stretch of water. On these 12 hikes, we lead you through the gently undulating landscape around the Schlei. Walking through quiet forests, blossoming meadows and along the gentle coastline, you quickly understand why the region is a designated nature reserve.

The Schlei doesn’t just boast cultural landscapes and beautiful riverbanks, its ancient settlements lining the shore offer centuries of history. The most famous settlement is the Viking town of Haithabu which was an important trading center in the early Middle Ages. You can relive this history in various museums in the village. In addition, if you are interested in culture, the small fishing villages and the pretty old town of Schleswig are wonderful places to explore.

In summer, countless beaches along the Schlei, small lakes and, of course, the Baltic Sea are ideal rest spots during your hikes — so don't forget your swimwear! The small villages and towns dotted along the Schlei have various accommodation options to rest up for your hikes. You can also shorten some of the hikes by hopping on a boat and cruising down the fjord.

Let yourself be inspired by the routes and hiking trails through the Schlei Nature Park. Nowhere does the expression “it’s not the destination, but the journey that counts,” ring more true than here.

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    Intermediate
    02:42
    6.44 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Noore - from the Danish word “Nor” - are bodies of water that are completely separated from the sea with the exception of a small entrance. Accordingly, there is a …

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

    The Danewerk - Danish Danevirke - is an ancient rampart on the former German-Danish border. For centuries, the Wall has been extended and expanded and today you can clearly see its traces in the vast landscape. On this round trip we lead you to the most impressive remnants of Danewerk. You can also complete your hike with a visit to the Danewerk Museum or the Viking village of Haithabu.

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    14.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Like the fjord Schlei itself, the Langsee was formed during the last ice age as a glacier gully. Our hike will take you through the beech forests on the shores …

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  • Easy
    01:06
    2.63 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Beautiful paths, short distances, wonderful views and bizarre stories - this combination awaits you on our round trip around Ulsnis. On warm days, the small beach Hagab on the banks …

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    5.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The village of Habernis is picturesquely situated directly on the Baltic Sea - and around it lure wide meadows, picturesque bogs and small woodland for long walks. On our route …

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  • Intermediate
    01:14
    3.00 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The region around the Schlei enchants with wide landscapes - but next to that you should not neglect the coastline of the Baltic Sea. That's exactly what we have prepared …

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    11.3 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this hike, you'll visit the two cozy harbor towns of Kappeln and Maasholm - and you're not just on foot. Instead you take the Schleiraddampfer from the port in …

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  • Easy
    01:17
    3.13 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely walk will take you across wide rape fields to the Schleienge Rabelsund. In the thatched houses on the Schlei shore was until the 1960s, a cozy restaurant, but now there are cottages. Nevertheless, the tranquility and beauty of the place has not changed: At Rabelsund you sit on a bench in the shade of a gnarled tree and look out to the water.

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    10.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike promises particularly impressive views, because at Waabs towers over the Baltic Sea beach, a real, small cliffs on. The trail will take you along the coast for a …

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

    The Baltic Sea fjord Schlei extends far into the interior and spreads between Weseby and Borgwedel once again correctly. Exactly this region is the goal of this nearly 15-kilometer day …

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  • Intermediate
    01:17
    3.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The municipality Fleckeby is located on the southern shore of the Schlei and is separated from the shore only by a small moorland: the Hirschholm Moor. On this tour you will walk through the moor on footbridges and quiet paths, stroll along the Schlei shore and pay a visit to the manor house Louisenlund. From there it goes on forest roads back to the starting point.

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    8.46 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    From the smallest city in Germany to a romantic harbor town - the varied round trip connects Arnis with Kappeln and shows you all kinds of maritime sights. And if …

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  • Easy
    01:25
    3.40 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relaxed five and a half kilometer round tour is ideal for a morning lap before breakfast or a nice walk in the afternoon and evening.You start at the …

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    8.71 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Meter-high cliffs, inviting sandy beaches, deep blue sea water and a castle await you on this relaxing hike on the Schwansen peninsula. Your Baltic Sea discovery tour starts in pretty …

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    9.96 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this approximately 16-kilometer tour, you hike through rural natural and cultural landscapes and past wonderful white beaches. There are a few relics from the past to discover.The starting …

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    5.61 mi
    2.0 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A leisurely nine kilometers along the Schleib bay on the beach and across other fields make this hike a great trip for the whole family.At the parking lot of …

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  • Difficult
    05:40
    13.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this rambling round through the beautiful natural landscape you get to know the villages of Kosel, Gammelby and Kochendorf. The route runs between the "Great Latitude" and the Windebyer …

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  • Easy
    01:49
    4.40 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you are looking for a real insider tip on the Schlei, then this tour through the nature reserve Hechtmoor is just right for you as an adventurer. Now and …

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  • Intermediate
    02:05
    5.04 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The famous fishing town of Kappeln will captivate you on this tour. You won't find more maritime flair of colorful fishing boats, yachts and quaint schooners in any other city. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    6.61 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hike on this tour in the varied landscape around Lindaunis with the Lindauer Noor and visit the backdrop of the television series "Der Landarzt". It starts shortly after Lindau, where …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    33
  • Distance
    236 mi
  • Duration
    100:48 h
  • Elevation
    5,150 ft

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