Cycling holidays in Schleswig-Holstein
In Germany's northernmost state, between the Baltic and the North Sea, is Schleswig-Holstein where you will find not just salt water, sun and wind but also an excellently signed network of cycle paths. At Schleswig-Holstein's North Sea coast, you can expect flat marshland, the Wadden Sea, the North Frisian islands and a lot of lovely lighthouses. The diversity of the Baltic coast provides you a worthy programme of contrasts. It beckons with cliffs, lively towns, wind and watermills, wonderful views over the Baltic and the chance here and there to in for a dip. No matter which coast you go for, all cyclists will get their money's worth.
Our classic tour takes you from Flensburg to Lübeck along the Schleswig-Holstein coast - the Baltic Coast cycle path. The Baltic Sea almost always to one side, you start your tour at the border to Denmark, in the Fjord town of Flensburg. On your route you will be able to admire the traditional sailing ships in Eckernförder harbour right up close! You'll cross Kiel Firth and on your trip to Neustadt (Holstein) you will stroll along the almost 400 metre long pier in Grömitz. In Lübeck's bay, the fine sandy beaches at Travemünde and Timmendorfer Strand await you! Once you've arrived in Lübeck, it's time to hit the old town and visit the Holsten Gate and St. Mary's Church. There's a lot to discover and see.
If you haven't had enough of the queen of the Hanse yet, we recommend going on a tour starting in Lübeck and taking in the hinterland of the Baltic Coast, to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and then back to Lübeck. Take a break on your route, for example in the town of Mölln - home to Till Eulenspiegel - or in Ratzeburg, which is partly situated on an island.
Do you fancy the somewhat more rugged North Sea coast? Unspoiled saltlands, miles of beach and the Frisian easy-going nature are just some of the characteristics that make the North Sea coast what it is. Experience the wonderful sight of the tides. See the flats that are left exposed at low tide and the small tideways and their residents - small crabs and shells. Ideal for getting to know Schleswig-Holstein from a different perspective. Our star tour around Husum. Cycle to the North Sea healing spa and sulphur town of St. Peter Ording, to Germany's most well-known lighthouse, Westerheversand, the Dutch town of Friedrichstadt and the historic harbour at Tönning.
Holstein's Switzerland, between Kiel, Lübeck and the Baltic enables you to get to know not only the Baltic coast but also the charming hinterland of Schleswig-Holstein. The circular tour from Lübeck takes you through the gently hilly countryside of the nature park of Holstein's Switzerland with its many lakes and small towns. Visit Eutin, the Weimar of the North, and the renaissance castle in Plön. It's worth it!
From Schleswig-Holstein to the South Seas? No problem! From Kiel you can set sail in a traditional sailing ship. Sail the Danish South Seas to the centuries old coastal towns of Marstal and Aerøskøbing on Aerø and to Fünen, Denmark's third largest island. Help hoist the sails and explore the islands by bike, enjoying the maritime flair of the Baltic.
The local dishes of Schleswig-Holstein are influenced by the flavours of Lower Saxony, Denmark and Frisia. The location here between two seas is why lovers of fish are richly supplied with favourite dish. Carp, buttered plaice, Kiel sprats or the classic fish rolls - there's a huge selection to choose from. If you like your food to be more rustic, we can recommend Beer'n, Boh'n un Speck - pears, beans and bacon plus potatoes or seamen's cuisine - e.g. Labskaus. Last but not least: Friesengeist or Küstennebel - schnaps!