Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The Brodtener steep bank is an approximately 4 km long coastal strip on the Bay of Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, which is bounded by the Baltic Sea Niendorf (municipality Timmendorfer beach) and the Baltic Sea resort of Travemünde Lübeck.
The hiking trail that runs there is part of the approximately 7,980 km of the Baltic Coast Cycle Route (EV10), the Hansa Route. This international cycle route leads around completely around the Baltic Sea.
The rugged, sometimes towering cliff of the steep bank has z.T. bizarrely shaped slopes. In the Middle Ages beach pirates drove here mischief by lighting beacons to lure ships on the offshore sandbars and plunder. From the 19th century, the summer guests of the up-and-coming spa discovered the Hermannshöhe as an ideal destination.
There are two ways to explore the Brodtener shore. The trail above the Brodtener steep bank is easily accessible, suitable for cyclists and offers panoramic views of the sea and the Schleswig-Holstein hill country.
The Strandweg below the steep bank, right on the surf, is harder to walk through the banks of the river, fallen trees, driftwood, flotsam, seaweed, shells and stones. The only staircase is located near the youth house Seeblick (Wieskoppel / Brodten), about 1 km from the Baltic Sea resort Niendorf.
Particularly impressive is the active cliff in the north of the steep bank: Even today, the sea eats every year by an average of one meter into the country.
As a European bird sanctuary large parts of the Brodtener steep bank and the approximately 20 km2 large shallow water zone are indicated in front of the steep bank. The area is of international importance as a resting and wintering area for migratory or overwintering waterfowl. The shore accommodates with up to 2600 Brhröhren the largest bank swallow colony Schleswig-Holstein.
The sea area has been a popular fishing destination for centuries. The fishing boats usually come from the authentically preserved fishing village Gothmund or the Niendorf harbor, 4km west.
The agricultural hinterland, called Brodtener Winkel, has a large variety of landscape structures and species of plants and animals worthy of protection. The only still undeveloped coastal section of the Lübeck Bay in Schleswig-Holsteiner side is completely under protection of the landscape.
(Sources: travemuende.de, brodtener-ufer.de)
January 30, 2017
On the edge above the steep coast runs the hiking and cycling path. The historic excursion Hermannshöhe, originally built before the First World War, was replaced in May 2012 by a new building. The popular among hikers and excursionists parking is now closed by a barrier system and the use of charge.
There are two memorial stones on the way between the Brodtener Ufer and Travemünde: The older stone has a bible verse (Ps. 93,4 LUT), the younger one serves as a memorial for maritime visitors. The latter had to be moved inland because of crashes of the steep bank inland and was also rotated, so now the inscription points to the sea.
The access from the hiking trail to the beach is only allowed in Niendorf / Baltic Sea, Travemünde and by the stairs near the Jugendhaus Seeblick north of Brodten. Otherwise, ascent and descent on the cliffs and entering the strip at the demolition edge are life-threatening.
On the beach of the Brodtener shore - which is sometimes quite stony - can be bathed and looking for fossils, by bank breaks after storms, the access is partially disabled. There are diving areas off the Brodtener Ufer, but ammunition was sunk off the coast - near the Brodtener reef - after the end of the Second World War.
Large parts of the Brodtener shore are under nature conservation (European bird sanctuary). Since the living conditions on steep banks are unique and form an irreplaceable landscape element for numerous animal and plant species, the steep slopes must not be artificially secured.
On the steep bank is located with about 2600 Brhröhren one of the largest swallows colonies in Europe.
April 12, 2019
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