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.
Noore - from the Danish word "Nor" - are waters that are completely separated from the sea except for a small access. Accordingly, the coastal lakes have a special blend of fresh and salt water - a unique habitat for waterfowl. The most beautiful Noore around the Schlei are the Haddebyer Noor and the Selker Noor. On this tour, you will walk around beautiful lakeside paths around both Noore - and of course you should not miss a visit to the Viking village of Haithabu.From the starting point Niederselk you walk counterclockwise along the Nooren - sometimes very close to the water and sometimes a few meters from the shore through small forests and wide reed belts. Very worthwhile is a detour to the Noor bridge, which leads over the narrow connection of the two waters, because from the top you have a beautiful view over the vast landscape. On the north shore, the Haddebyer Noor meets the loop and your gaze wanders over the wide water.A few steps later you reach Haddeby, where you can plan a comfortable break in the "Odins". Now you walk south to the Viking Museum Haithabu. Only a few minutes later, you can see the reconstructed village from the former wall of the Viking City - it is part of the museum and can also be visited. From here you follow our route back to the starting point of the hike.
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.Starting point of your hike is the small village Dannewerk. From here it is only a few steps to Waldemarsmauer. Under Danish king Waldemar, the wall was reinforced by a two-meter-wide brick wall, which was uncovered at this point. Shortly thereafter, it passes the Danewerk Museum and up to the broad mound.With beautiful views of the vast fields and meadows you walk past the Thyraburg - an old castle hill - and continue to Busdorf. Here you finally stand on the ancient ring wall of the famous Viking settlement Haithabu. A visit to the replica Viking village in the center of the ring is not only worthwhile for medieval fans. Afterwards you follow the wall back to the starting point of the hike.
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The decline of Haithabu followed the rise of Schleswig to the northern European trading metropolis. Only in the High Middle Ages Schleswig was replaced by Lübeck and Flensburg - the loop was no longer navigable for the large merchant ships. We take you on this city tour through the city harbor, into the fishing settlement Holm, through the romantic old town and along the banks of the Schlei - including a first-class view of the city. The highlight is the ferry ride "Hein" from Haddeby to the city harbor.The starting point of your round trip is the city harbor. Here you can watch the hustle and bustle and stroll along the jetty. A little later, you stroll past old houses through the fishing settlement Holm and then along the Holmer Noor. The trail leads you across meadows in the old town of Schleswig.After you have walked through the old town, you cross the Schlei at the Gottofer dam and look at the impressive Schloss Gottorf. The road will eventually take you along the banks of the Schlei to the ferry pier in Haddeby. With the historic ferry "Hein" you then set back to the city harbor. The timetables can be found at hein-haddeby.de.
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 of the lake and across the vast meadows and fields of the area. It also goes to the neighboring Idstedter See - if the tour with almost 23 kilometers is too long, you can simply skip the second lake. On warm summer days, you should definitely bring your swimwear, because at both lakes lure cozy bathing spots.The starting point of your round trip is on the edge of Süderfahrenstedt. From here you stroll to the lakeshore and in the shade of pines and beech trees along the water. In several places you can hop right into the cool water. On the east bank the Wellspranger Au flows into the lake and here the path leads you out onto wide meadows and fields.With a wonderful view you walk in a loop to Böklund - various restaurants invite you to take a break. No less idyllic you follow the route back to the Langsee and through beech forests on to the neighboring Idstedter See. The can be completely surrounded and several wooden bridges lead through the reed belt to the water. At the end, you stroll through the forest back to the starting point of the hike.
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 of the Schlei beckons.At the starting point of the tour you first learn the story of the giant of Ulsnis. He once lived on the banks of the Schlei. In a quarrel with his son, who lived on the opposite bank, both threw themselves with huge stones, until both mortally wounded fell to the ground. The old man plunged his head into the loop leaving behind the Gunnebyer Noor - on a map you can see the imprint of his head well. In memory of the giant today stands a statue in the village.From here you can wander across wide meadows to the shore of the Schlei. From Hagab beach, a hiking trail follows the reedy banks until the route heads back inland. On the way back to Ulsnis worth a visit to the Church of St. Wilhadi.
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 we will guide you on varied paths to the most beautiful places around Habernis.The hike starts right on the picturesque beach Norgaardholz - the perfect place for a dip in the water. Walk along the shore and head north. On barely traveled roads you follow the tour through fields to the coastline at Habernis. The pebble beach is wonderfully lonely and offers great views of the sea.Immediately afterwards, you will hike on wooden footbridges through a natural bog. Hobby botanists can discover a number of rare flowers in the lush wet meadows. After a rest on the benches at the Artesian spring Wolsroi it goes through small forest pieces back to the start of the circular walk.
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 this tour for you: Between the villages Hasselberg and Kronsgaard we lead you on this leisurely hike along the sea, through small enchanted woodland and across open meadows.The tour starts at the campsite Hasselberg and thus directly on the Baltic Sea beach. With a nice view of the waves, you head northwards until the Danish road branches off the beach promenade. You follow the quiet street on the edge of small fields and meadows. In a cozy loop you walk past corner mountain and Pugholz. After a small section of forest you finally reach Hasselberg, where you can finish your hike in the beach restaurant.
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 Kappeln and chug with pleasure over the Schlei to Maasholm. From there you wander around the Wormshöfter Noor and on beautiful country lanes back to Kappeln.First, it's on the promenade through the fishing port and the marina of Kappeln - if you like to eat fresh fish, you can stock up here with provisions. After a look at the nostalgic bascule you jump onto the paddle steamer and glide leisurely over the loop to Maasholm. Timetables can be found at schleiraddampfer.de/fahrplan.html.Here you can admire the Aalstecher and the old Kahn places at the harbor, before you leave the small town and wander around the Wormshöfter Noor. On wide dirt roads we lead you past the Gut Buckhagen back to Kappeln.
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.Your walk begins in the village of Rabel. From here you can stroll over dirt roads and hardly busy roads. Soon you will reach the shore of the Schlei, which presents itself here as a small cliff - so beautiful is the view of the opposite shore.You follow the coastal path to Rabelsund, where you can enjoy the beautiful view on the secluded bank. Back to Rabel you walk across wide fields, on which the rapeseed flowers sway back and forth in the summer.
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 few kilometers and over rapeseed fields and along small forests back to the starting point.Let's go on the edge of the village Langholz. From here the coastal path leads you directly up to the cliffs. At the top you wander across wide meadows, which abruptly break off to the sea - the view on the water is in any case great. After a few kilometers, the path swings inland and leads you around a large campsite around back to the water.Here you will find another cliff section, which you follow to the beach snack "fish turret". After a break you walk inland and over fields and at the edge of the forest back to Langholz.
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 hike. From the Langsee near Weseby we lead you in a wide circle over gently undulating meadows and through quiet forests to the Schlei shore.Your round starts on the shores of Lake Langhe near Weseby. From there you follow a round Alleeweg to the nature reserve Bültsee - a bath place invites here to a cooling. Then it goes through the village Kosel northward until the Ornumer Weg branches off to the left. It then leads you across wide fields and meadows - wonderful views are guaranteed here.At Missunde you hit the loop. At its reedy shore you walk along and on the edge of the Missunder forest to Weseby. From here it is only a short distance to the starting point of the hike.
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.Our route leads you right into the wet meadows and reed areas of the moor. After crossing the Große Hüttener Au on a narrow pedestrian bridge, you will reach the Schleiufer and thus the harbor of Fleckeby. With beautiful views of the water you continue hiking to Louisenlund.The old mansion was used from 1949 as a country school home and is now the seat of the prestigious elite boarding Louisenlund - accordingly, you can look at the immaculate building only from the outside. Pass the sports field of the boarding school and enter the forest. You pass the forest chapel Louisenlund and reach the starting point of the hike shortly afterwards.
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 hiking is not enough for you, you can also set sail with an excursion boat.It starts in Arnis, the smallest city in Germany with only around 300 inhabitants. Where cozy fish restaurants and boats bustle, the first thing you take is the ferry in the harbor and cross over from the peninsula to Schwansen. You walk through cute sounding places like Kopperby, Rückeberg and Lüttfeld and always come very close to the loop. You cross it again, but this time over the handsome bascule bridge in Kappeln. From here you also have a great view of another landmark of the port city next to the bridge: the herring fences.In the museum harbor you can marvel at some hundred-year-old ships with a delicious fish sandwich and learn more about the old ship types via small information boards. On the western bank of the Schlei the path leads you back to Arnis. At the entrance to the town, you can take a look at the pretty 17th century boatman's church.
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 original St. Andreas church in beautiful Brodersby and follow the path towards the Schleiufer. On the way you can stop at the Café Kuchenhaus and treat yourself to a delicious piece of cake. When you arrive at the Missunder ferry, you stand at the narrowest point of the loop, the so-called "Missunder Narrowness".Through the quiet town of Burg you hike to the widest point of the Schlei, the "Great Latitude" and the idyllic "Klein Westerland" beach. Let the waves slosh over your feet a few times before you head back inland and on the way back to Brodersby.
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 Schönhagen.You walk north along the gorgeous white sandy beach and breathe in the salty sea air. On the beach in Weidefeld just before the mouth of the slime, the beach restaurant with its wonderful sea view not only invites you for a portion of lobster. Here you can eat your fill at the daily matjes buffet.Then you turn inland and hike across the vast fields near Brodersby. From now on it's back to the lake. A tiny detour with a walk around the Schönhagen Castle from 1711 is worthwhile. South of Schönhagen you come to the Schwansener See nature reserve, a former Baltic Sea bay that today has the shape of a headland.You will reach the absolute highlight on the way back. The impressive cliffs of Schönhagen drop 18 meters at the highest point. When the weather is nice, you can see as far as the Danish islands. A successful conclusion!
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 point is the Ostsee Resort Damp between Eckernförde and Kappeln. Here you start with a special sight: the steamer Albatros is firmly on land and is now a museum ship. It has a lot of history to tell, because the passenger and cargo steamer had been on the sea since 1912.You walk north along the beach and turn inland at the small village of Schubystrand. You wind your way along the edge of the forest and across fields to Gut Damp, where you can stop off at the upscale restaurant. The thatched houses of the Friedwald take you for a moment into a bygone era.When you get back to Damp, you can relax in the Mare Mara wellness oasis and enjoy the Baltic Sea view to the full, if you want.
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 the small town of Exhöft you start towards the coast and after a mile and a half you have reached the Schleimünde nature reserve with the pilot island. The unique landscape with its beaches, dunes and ramparts has developed naturally over the centuries and is a retreat for numerous bird species.Before you move further north on the beach section, you can take a short detour to the nature experience center with its impressive Celtic tree horoscope. With a view of the sea, you follow the coastal section to Landhaus Gut Oehe, a good opportunity to stop off.At Exhöft, the picturesque landscape of the Wormshöfter Noors captivates you completely. It is particularly beautiful here at sunset. So just stay a little longer.
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 Noor mainly on asphalt paths.On your way through the beautiful Schlei landscape, you follow the historic Osterwall, a testimony from the Viking Age, between Kochendorf and Windebyer Noor. An information board tells you more about the historical background. On the banks of the Windebyer Noors you stand at a large inland lake that was once connected to the Baltic Sea. We continue via Gammelby to Kosel with its ancient St. Laurentius church from the 12th century.With a small detour you have the opportunity to pay a visit to the Bültsee and, if you like, to bathe in it. When you have arrived at the loop again in Weseby, it is not far to your starting point.
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 then your feet can get wet.Your special nature experience begins at a parking lot on the edge of the nature reserve. On unpaved paths, you dive into the pike bog, where peat was previously cut in order to use it as fuel. Today it is a valuable habitat for dragonflies and the moor lily. There used to be pikes in the peat stitches, from where the bog got its name.If you would like to continue hiking after this wet and happy round, then head in the direction of the Rehberger enclosure. The enclosure is a species-rich beech forest and home for various bat species. On the way back to the parking lot you pass the grave of a robber captain, a long bed typical of the region.
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.In the port of Kappeln you hike past the Angel steam train. Between May and September you can take her to Süderbrarup. You continue to stroll at the lovely harbor and with luck you can watch the spectacle when the famous bascule bridge opens to let large ships pass. If you like to set sail yourself, the paddle steamer Schlei Princess is ready for you.In the fishing port and the traditional fish smokehouse Föh there is excellent smoked fish that you can pack up as provisions. The tour takes you around Kappeln until you see the first boats rocking in the harbor.
On this tour, hike in the varied landscape around Lindaunis with the Lindauer Noor and visit the backdrop of the television series "The Country Doctor". It starts shortly after Lindau, where after a few hundred meters you cross the Lindauer Noor and stand in front of the Lindaunis Bridge which is worth seeing.You turn left and walk along the Schleiufer to Lindaunis. In a small curve you meander through the wood and then hike across fields to Lindau with its romantic windmill. The windmill was built in 1837, renovated around 40 years ago and can now be booked as a holiday apartment.On the Lindaunishof estate you have now arrived at the site of the “country doctor”. In the small café you can enjoy the scenery a little longer. Before you end the round trip, we recommend that you take the dangling with you to the tailor's hook and pack a towel. There you will find a great bathing beach.
Good culture meets the Baltic Sea beach - you can breathe in salty sea air, enjoy wonderful views over the Schlei and visit magnificent manor houses on around eleven kilometers.The beautiful circular tour begins at the parking lot of Langholzer See and leads you across vast field landscapes into the hinterland. You walk past the Kummerteich and pass the Sophienhof manor. Here you can spend the night in a hay hostel on a bed of hay or try swing golf or soccer.Just a little later until you arrive at the Ludwigsburg estate, which is one of the largest and most important goods of the Baroque period in Schleswig-Holstein. Today you can stop for coffee and cake here. At the long bed, a huge burial mound, you turn again towards the Baltic Sea. The beach at Karlsminde invites you to take off your shoes and continue walking barefoot in the sand. The coast accompanies you back to your starting point.
First-class views of the Baltic Sea, Schleimünde and the Wormshöfter Noor await you on this relaxed circular hike, which you can also use as a family outing.It starts at the parking lot outside of Maasholm. You start directly at the idyllic Wormshöfter Noor and follow the coastline. Passing the typical barge sites of the Schleikähne, which are now listed as historical monuments, you circle the picturesque fishing village in the south. In front of you is the Schleimünde nature reserve with its beaches, ramparts and dunes.The foothills of the nature reserve take you to the Baltic Sea coast with a wonderful view of the wide sea. You can stop off at Gut Oehe, which is only a few meters away from the tour. Then the route swings back towards Wormshöfter Noor, which you will reach after passing Maasholm-Bad.
The refreshingly short circular walk to the nature and culture trail, which is four kilometers long, is ideal for a short afternoon stroll or a trip with the family.The starting point is Sterup on a moraine ridge. Before you set off on a route through the cultural landscape shaped by the Ice Age, you can take a look at the late Romanesque St. Laurentius church, which is one of the most imposing churches in the region.The nature and culture trail leads you into the idyllic Lippingau tunnel valley and past the picturesque Schönungsteich, where you can watch the hustle and bustle in the biotope from a picnic bench. If you are lucky, you will spot one of the bright blue kingfishers that build their nests in the breakaway edges of water.We continue through the typical beech forest and the wild and romantic Steruper Bachschluchten. If you are curious, you will be happy about the numerous information boards that are set up along the path. There is something new for everyone to learn.