60 attractions you should visit in Schleswig-Holstein - With photos & details

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Top 60 attractions to explore in Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein is a northwestern state of Germany. The state is known for its history, culture, and architecture. There is a river called Eider which forms the historic border between Schleswig and Holstein.

Ahrensburg PalaceLübecker Str. 1, 22926 Ahrensburg, Germany
Iconic Buildings

This exquisite white castle is the former home to noble families. Open to the public since 1955, visitors have an unparalleled experience and are able to get up close to the history of the castle. It was set amongst extensive grassy parks, and although the moat is now filled, that doesn't stop the surrounding area from impressive. The castle is even the perfect place for your event and has the facilities for weddings, parties and birthdays.

BilleBille, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Bille is a small, slow-flowing German river in Stormarn, which was a right tributary of the Elbe. It is one of three rivers which flow through the city of Hamburg, the other two being the Elbe and the Alster. Its natural beauty and the pure water attract a lot of tourists here and a lot of old estates and tasteful parks are laid out along its riverbank. Its total length is 65 km.

Bird Park NiendorfAn der Aalbeek, 23669 Timmendorfer Strand, Germany
Bird Sanctuaries

The Niendorf bird park in Niendorf in the municipality of Timmendorfer Strand is a bird park with numerous domestic and exotic bird species.  With over 1000 birds from over 250 different species and an area of ​​7  hectares, it is one of the largest bird parks in Germany.  The bird park is also active in the offspring and rearing of young animals.

BuddenbrookhausMengstraße 4, 23552 Lübeck, Germany
Museums
Memorials

The Buddenbrookhaus in Lübeck has been a memorial since 1993 sponsored by the Kulturstiftung Hansestadt Lübeck . It houses the Friends of Buddenbrookhaus , the German Thomas Mann Society , the Heinrich Mann Society , the Golo Mann Society and the Erich Mühsam Society . Birte Lipinski has been the manager of the Buddenbrookhaus since April 2014. In the house there is a museum with two permanent exhibitions: "The Buddenbrooks - A novel of the century" and "The Manns - a family of writers". There i

BungsbergBungsberg, 23744 Schönwalde am Bungsberg, Germany
Mountain Peaks

The Bungsberg is 167.4 m above sea level. NHN the highest elevation in Schleswig-Holstein. It is located in Holstein Switzerland in the area of ​​the municipality of Schönwalde am Bungsberg in the Ostholstein district; the municipality of Kasseedorf and the municipality of Kirchnüchel in the Plön district are located near the elevation in the same district.

BurgtorGroße Burgstraße, 23552 Lübeck, Germany
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Burgtor is a magnificent introduction to the architectural heritage of Luebeck. It is a great place to start a walking tour of the well-preserved Gothic landmarks in the UNESCO-protected Luebeck Old Town. Admire the intimidating presence of Burgtor, discover its artistic features and browse exhibits that explain its historical importance.

Eider Barrage25764 Wesselburenerkoog, Germany
Dams

The Eider Barrage is located at the mouth of the Eider River near Tönning on the German North Sea coast. Its main objective is protection against storm surges in the North Seas. It is the largest coastal protection structure in Germany. It was also intended to contribute to economic recovery in the districts of Norderdithmarschen.

Eiderstedt25836 Eiderstedt, Germany
Outdoors- Other

Eiderstedt is a peninsula on the North Sea coast in the district of North Friesland in Schleswig-Holstein . It is about 30 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide and was created around 1200 through land reclamation with dikes and dikes made up of two islands and a peninsula. In 2010, 22,356 people lived in the 24 cities and towns of the peninsula.

Elbe-Lübeck CanalElbe-Lübeck Canal, Germany
Man-made Structures- Other

Elbe-Lübeck Canal is a German waterway connecting the Elbe River at Lauenberg with the Baltic Sea at Lübeck. The waterway, 64 km (40 miles) long, was built in 1895–1900 to replace the medieval Stecknitz Canal. The modern canal was built in the 1890s to replace the Stecknitz Canal, a medieval watercourse linking the same two rivers.

Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten SyltHafenstraße 37, 25992 List, Germany
Iconic Buildings

The Adventure Center Naturgewalten Sylt is an exhibition and event center in List on Sylt, which aims to represent and convey the diversity, beauty, and dynamism of the seas and coasts as well as the experience of the forces of nature. There is an exhibition on 1500 square meters that introduces various adventure areas of the Wadden Sea . In addition, the exhibition provides information on weather events, coastal protection and renewable energies.

Falckensteiner StrandFalckensteiner Strand, 24159 Kiel, Germany
Lighthouses

The lighthouse Friedrichsort is a 31.7 meter high round reinforced concrete lighthouse with a diameter in the central area of ​​3.5 meters in the colors green and white. It stands on a small island directly on the beach, on the northwest side in the Kiel Fjord in front of Friedrichsort, north of the Kiel Canal at the point where the fjord has its narrowest point. It serves as a guide, cross-mark, and orientation light for entry into the port of Kiel and the locks of the Kiel Canal and marks the

Fehmarn Sound BridgeB207, 23775 Großenbrode, Germany
Bridges

The Fehmarn Sound Bridge connects the German island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea with the German mainland near Großenbrode. It was declared a historic monument in 1999 by the State Office for Protection of Historical Monuments of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, and has since become a symbol of both Fehmarn and Schleswig-Holstein.

Geltinger BirkGoldhöftberg, 24395 Nieby, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Forests

The Geltinger Birk has been a nature reserve on the Schleswig-Holstein Baltic Sea since 1986. It is located - northeast of Gelting - mainly in the area of ​​the municipality of Nieby on the Geltinger Bucht at the exit of the Flensburg Fjord. With an area of ​​around 773 hectares, the nature reserve in the Geltinger Bay and on a peninsula is the largest in the Schleswig-Flensburg district. The area belongs to the Schleswig-Holstein Nature Conservation Foundation.

German submarine U-995Strandstraße 92, 24235 Laboe, Germany
Museums

German submarine U-995 is a Type VIIC/41 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. It has found its final destination at the Ostsee beach just a few kilometers from Kiel.  It was one of the most important submarine types of the Second World War. From 1943 till 1945 the U 995 fulfilled several missions against allied convoys heading for Murmansk.

Glücksburg Castle24960 Glücksburg, Germany
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Glücksburg Castle is one of the most important castles in North Germany - rested on the water, it is built on an old monastery and once housed important dukes and nobility. The castle is now a museum and is no longer inhabited by the ducal family. It is owned by a foundation. The original furnishing means that visitors get a real experience of the castle as it was once used.

Gottorf CastleSchloßinsel 1, 24837 Schleswig, Germany
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Gottorf Castle was built by the Bishop of Schleswig on an island at the end of the Schlei Fiord just outside the city of Schleswig. In 1268 it was taken over by Duke Erik I of Schleswig and it remained in the possession of the Dukes until 1713. One of the oldest iconic buildings in this area which is beautifully carved and also maintaining its beauty today.  It is situated on an island in the Schlei, about 40 km from the Baltic Sea.

Großer Plöner SeeGroßer Plöner See, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds

The Große Plöner See, also just Plöner See, is the largest lake in Schleswig-Holstein and the tenth-largest lake in Germany with a good 28 km². It extends southwest of the city of Plön, which lies on its bank. With a lake area of ​​28 km² and a depth of up to 56 m, the lake, which lies entirely in the Holstein Switzerland Nature Park, is the largest and deepest in Schleswig-Holstein.

Outdoors- Other

The Green Brink is a 134-hectare nature reserve on the north coast of Fehmarn, which has been under protection since 1938.  It consists of a 2.5 km long and up to 180 meters wide strip of land between the dike built in 1872 and the Baltic Sea. The construction of the dyke, on the other hand, was the first to create the Green Brink. Due to changed flow conditions, spit hooks formed, which later created small, slowly silting inland lakes. Only when there is a strong flood does salty Baltic Sea wat

Hansa-ParkAm Fahrenkrog 1, 23730 Sierksdorf, Germany
Theme Parks

The Hansa-Park is a seasonal amusement park in Schleswig-Holstein on the Baltic Sea. The park is run by Christoph Andreas Leicht. The park today covers 460,000 m² with - according to its own statements - more than 125 attractions and welcomed 1.4 million guests in 2016. This makes it one of the five largest German amusement parks. From 1973 to 1976, the site was home to the first German Legoland.

Heiligen-Geist-HospitalKoberg 11, 23552 Lübeck, Germany
Iconic Buildings

The Heiligen-Geist-Hospital am Koberg in Lübeck, completed in 1286, is one of the oldest existing social institutions in the world and one of the most important buildings in the city. It is in the tradition of the Holy Spirit hospitals based on the model of Santo Spirito in Sassia in Rome. The hospitals were looked after by the brothers from the Order of the Holy Spirit.

Map of attractions in Schleswig-Holstein