Karl-May play in Bad Segeberg, © Karl-May play in Bad Segeberg© Karl-May play in Bad Segeberg

Events in Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein offers numerous events throughout the year.

We invite you to experience the highlights, ranging from musical performances and sports events to fairs and culinary experiences, with us!

Highlights in Schleswig-Holstein

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01 January 2018: New Year’s Swimming in Büsum

Each year, the traditional swimming event calls for daring swimmers. If the water is too cold or anyone who is still suffering from a cold from the previous year, can warm up with a delicious mulled wine and enjoy the supporting programme. Participants report directly at the main beach on the day of the event.

24 November 2017 - 07 January 2018: Husumer Eiszeit

Ice skaters can do their laps on the large ice ring in the festively decorated exhibition hall. Tasty crepes, savoury delicacies and warming drinks provide a fringe programme at the Husumer Eiszeit (in German). A cosy atmosphere which enhances the anticipation of the winter season.

17 - 20 January 2018: Sylt Gourmet Festival

Sylt’s top restaurateurs (in German) present exquisite dishes and drinks prepared from regional high-quality products right within a North Frisian ambience. From luscious wine and chocolate to excellent meals, every “Hunger for more” is satisfied here.

17 September 2017 - 04 March 2018: 31st Schleswig-Holstein Gourmet Festival                        

Trendsetting guest chefs from all over Europe are preparing diversified gourmet cuisine at various events in Schleswig-Holstein. A visit to the SHGF (in German) is highly recommended!

17 November 2017 - 23 February 2018: Torch-lit hikes at the Lübeck Bay

Have the experience of a lifetime by exploring the beach in the dark. These hikes (in German) are offered from November to February in Scharbeutz, from Haffkrug via Sierksdorf, Neustadt, Pelzerhaken and Rettin. After the torch-lit hike, you can warm up during a cosy chat in good company while you are having some punch and mulled wine. All torch-lit hikes have a specific motto, for example legends, seafaring tales, pirates and many more.

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21 February: Biikebrennen

This North Frisian custom (in German) has recently been awarded German cultural heritage status. Along the North Sea coast, countless fires are blazing, which are said to drive away the winter ghosts. The atmosphere is best enjoyed with a hot punch. Afterwards, many restaurants offer hearty meals made of green cabbage to warm up.

17 September 2017 - 04 March 2018: 31st Schleswig-Holstein Gourmet Festival                        

Trendsetting guest chefs from all over Europe are preparing diversified gourmet cuisine at various events in Schleswig-Holstein. A visit to the SHGF (in German) is highly recommended!

17 November 2017 - 23 February 2018: Torch-lit hikes at the Lübeck Bay

Have the experience of a lifetime by exploring the beach in the dark. These hikes (in German) are offered from November to February in Scharbeutz, from Haffkrug via Sierksdorf, Neustadt, Pelzerhaken and Rettin. After the torch-lit hike, you can warm up during a cosy chat in good company while you are having some punch and mulled wine. All torch-lit hikes have a specific motto, for example legends, seafaring tales, pirates and many more.

Beach dining at Timmendorf Beach

The Baltic equivalent to the Sylt Gourmet Festival is held in February at Timmendorf Beach (in German). First-class restaurateurs from the region serve culinary delicacies in the gastronomy tent on the beach. You can enjoy the gourmet cuisine in a maritime atmosphere with live music.
 

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24 - 25 March 2018: Crocus Blossom Festival in Husum

The Husum palace garden (in German) is transformed again into a sea of blossoms. The inhabitants of Husum must, of course, celebrate this in style with the proclamation by the queen of the crocus blossom, the two-day workshop on the town square and the artisan market on the Palace Square.

17 September 2017 - 04 March 2018: 31st Schleswig-Holstein Gourmet Festival                        

Trendsetting guest chefs from all over Europe are preparing diversified gourmet cuisine at various events in Schleswig-Holstein. A visit to the SHGF (in German) is highly recommended!

© TA.SH© TA.SH

Brent Geese Days on the Halligen

The Geese are out on the Halligen! In the spring, whole swarms enjoy the lush green grass on the small islands in the North Sea. The people of Halligen enjoy the visit and together with nature lovers and children, they celebrate the Brent Geese Days with many events involving this animal. 

21 - 22 April 2018: Garden Romanticism in Mölln

During the „Garden romanticism” (in German), the spa park in Mölln is transformed into a paradise for garden lovers. It is here, where amateur and professional gardeners find plenty of inspiration, new trends and decoration ideas for their own garden. Landscape architects are happy to provide you with tips and answer questions - all free of charge!
 

© Phil Schreyer© Phil Schreyer

10 - 13 May 2018: Surf Festival on Fehmarn

The surf festival (in German) on the south beach is a must for all water sports fans. The concept is a mix of trade fair and sports event for surfers. This is where the latest products in water sports can be tried out free of charge and dialogue between athletes and sports brands is very welcome.

14 - 18 May 2018: Special Olympics Kiel 2018

At the national summer games (in German) for people with mental and multiple disabilities, around 4,600 athletes participate in 19 sport disciplines. For five days, the state capital becomes the scene for the most thrilling and captivating competitions, including varied supporting programmes and events to join in.

Kieler Woche, © TA.SH© TA.SH

09 June - 07 October 2018: NordArt near Rendsburg

Hardly any art exhibition is showing Nordic art in such a special atmosphere like the NordArt in Büdelsdorf. Since 1999, Nordic works of art have been presented on an old industrial site in large production halls. In the meantime, it has become the largest art fair in Northern Europe. The puristic industrial design and the imaginative art become a cultural experience for art lovers.

16 - 24 June 2018: Kiel Week

The opening of the largest sailing event in the world including sailing regatta is spectacular, but the supporting programme of the largest summer festival in Northern Europe is magnificent. From drinks to dishes, live music and many activities to carry out yourself, up to the final day with the splendid fireworks, the Kieler Woche is a highlight for each year.

21 - 24 June 2018: Midsummer Bulli Festival

This year, the Midsummer Bulli Festival (in German) is held again at the Fehmarn South Beach. The colourful beach camp offers a diversified weekend event. Whether participation at the Show & Shine competitions all around the Bulli, the trip in a convoy of over one hundred Bullis across Fehmarn, or the celebration of the longest days in the year with floral wreaths and a midsummer pole, the Midsummer Bulli Festival welcomes Bulli fans and friends of Scandinavia!

22 - 24 June 2018: JazzBaltica at Timmendorf Beach

Last year, more than 10,000 visitors attended the Jazz festival (in German) at the Baltic coast - the success lies in the large variety: With more than 20 concerts, nine open-air acts and children’s programmes, the event attracts many visitors and grows every year.

23 June - 02 September 2018: Karl-May Festival, Bad Segeberg

Have you ever sat in the middle of an attack by Indians? In the middle of gunfire, galloping redskins, large explosions and gripping duels? No? Then it is about time! All of this can be experienced in the Karl-May Festival (in German) in Bad Segeberg. Immerse yourself in the Wild West around 1870, the times of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand! 7,500 seats in one of the most beautiful open-air theatre in Europe await your visit! In 2018, the production of “Winnetou and the Secret of the Rock Castle” is shown. An experience for the whole family!

30 June - 26 August 2018: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

At numerous locations in inland Schleswig-Holstein, an established series of concerts are held within one and a half months. According to the motto „Bringing music directly to the people”, the presentations combine classical music with modern accents at historic settings.

© Michael Trippel© Michael Trippel

06 July - 31 August 2018: Eutiner Festival

In the large open-air theatre at Eutin, operas, operettas, and open-air festivals (in German) are performed directly at the Eutiner See (Lake Eutin), during the summer. Surrounded by the unique nature of Schleswig-Holstein’s inland, the performances can be enjoyed even more intensively.

20 - 21 July & 27 - 28 July 2018: 10 Years of Kieler Bootshafensommer

According to the motto „Culture and sailing in the inner city”, this is the 10th anniversary of the Kiel boat harbour summer, which provides six weekends of music, culture and culinary delicacies in the heart of the city. Around 100 acts present free entertainment in musical genres ranging from Pop, Rock to Electro and Ska. The small visitors have an opportunity during the afternoons, to discover their enthusiasm for sailing at the test sailing trips, under the instruction of experienced trainers at Kiel.Sailing.City free of charge.

09 June - 07 October 2018: NordArt near Rendsburg

Hardly any art exhibition is showing Nordic art in such a special atmosphere like the NordArt in Büdelsdorf. Since 1999, Nordic works of art have been presented on an old industrial site in large production halls. In the meantime, it has become the largest art fair in Northern Europe. The puristic industrial design and the imaginative art become a cultural experience for art lovers.

23 June - 02 September 2018: Karl-May Festival, Bad Segeberg

Have you ever sat in the middle of an attack by Indians? In the middle of gunfire, galloping redskins, large explosions and gripping duels? No? Then it is about time! All of this can be experienced in the Karl-May Festival (in German) in Bad Segeberg. Immerse yourself in the Wild West around 1870, the times of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand! 7,500 seats in one of the most beautiful open-air theatre in Europe await your visit! In 2018, the production of “Winnetou and the Secret of the Rock Castle” is shown. An experience for the whole family!

30 June - 26 August 2018: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

At numerous locations in inland Schleswig-Holstein, an established series of concerts are held within one and a half months. According to the motto „Bringing music directly to the people”, the presentations combine classical music with modern accents at historic settings.

13 - 22 July 2018: Heiligenhafen Harbour Festival

A festival (in German) in the middle of Heiligenhafen in the maritime environment of the harbour. This is what can be expected also in 2018. The event offers a mixture of concerts, Northern German culture and traditions, as well as an extensive programme for children. So there's something there for everyone.

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02 - 04 August 2018: Wacken Open-Air     

Each year, thousands of Heavy Metal fans are drawn to the small village of Wacken in the interior of Schleswig-Holstein. This is where the most famous bands of the scene appear and their fans give it all for a weekend. It is also worthwhile for visitors to check out the small village, because something as unusual as this can only be seen here!

24 August - 02 September 2018: Kitesurf World Cup at the Southern Beach at Fehmarn

Be there when the kite surfing elite meets up on the „sunny island” of Fehmarn.

09 June - 07 October 2018: NordArt near Rendsburg

Hardly any art exhibition is showing Nordic art in such a special atmosphere like the NordArt in Büdelsdorf. Since 1999, Nordic works of art have been presented on an old industrial site in large production halls. In the meantime, it has become the largest art fair in Northern Europe. The puristic industrial design and the imaginative art become a cultural experience for art lovers.

23 June - 02 September 2018: Karl-May Festival, Bad Segeberg

Have you ever sat in the middle of an attack by Indians? In the middle of gunfire, galloping redskins, large explosions and gripping duels? No? Then it is about time! All of this can be experienced in the Karl-May Festival (in German) in Bad Segeberg. Immerse yourself in the Wild West around 1870, the times of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand! 7,500 seats in one of the most beautiful open-air theatre in Europe await your visit! In 2018, the production of “Winnetou and the Secret of the Rock Castle” is shown. An experience for the whole family!

30 June - 26 August 2018: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

At numerous locations in inland Schleswig-Holstein, an established series of concerts are held within one and a half months. According to the motto „Bringing music directly to the people”, the presentations combine classical music with modern accents at historic settings.

06 July - 31 August 2018: Eutiner Festival

In the large open-air theatre at Eutin, operas, operettas, and open-air festivals (in German) are performed directly at the Eutiner See (Lake Eutin), during the summer. Surrounded by the unique nature of Schleswig-Holstein’s inland, the performances can be enjoyed even more intensively.

© TA.SH / Jan-Christoph Schultchen© TA.SH / Jan-Christoph Schultchen

08 September 2018: Mussel Days on Amrum

Lovers of seafood visit Amrum in September, because this is where the start of the mussel season is celebrated with a delicious festival. Gourmets can taste the most diverse types of mussel, while children participate in the games programme - and all of this with good live music.

18 - 23 September 2018: 32nd Dithmarsch Cabbage Days

The harvest of cabbage in the largest connected area of cabbage cultivation is celebrated with the Dithmarsch „Cabbage Days (in German)”. This festival shines with plenty of entertainment, games and fun.

28 September - 07 October 2018: Sylt Windsurf World Cup           

During the PWA World Tour, the professionals of the windsurfing elite collect points at the Sylt World Cup. As the only station, a Super Grand Slam is held on Sylt: the participants compete against each other in three disciplines. Competitions in Wave, Freestyle and Slalom take place every day from 10.00 - to 18.00. And all of that with a breathtaking backdrop. Including a supporting programme!

09 June - 07 October 2018: NordArt near Rendsburg

Hardly any art exhibition is showing Nordic art in such a special atmosphere like the NordArt in Büdelsdorf. Since 1999, Nordic works of art have been presented on an old industrial site in large production halls. In the meantime, it has become the largest art fair in Northern Europe. The puristic industrial design and the imaginative art become a cultural experience for art lovers.

23 June - 02 September 2018: Karl-May Festival, Bad Segeberg

Have you ever sat in the middle of an attack by Indians? In the middle of gunfire, galloping redskins, large explosions and gripping duels? No? Then it is about time! All of this can be experienced in the Karl-May Festival (in German) in Bad Segeberg. Immerse yourself in the Wild West around 1870, the times of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand! 7,500 seats in one of the most beautiful open-air theatre in Europe await your visit! In 2018, the production of “Winnetou and the Secret of the Rock Castle” is shown. An experience for the whole family!

Kite festival and German kite flying championships

The twelve kilometre long beach of St. Peter-Ording provides the best conditions for kite flyers. The motto „Colourful Sky above SPO” applies here, as hundreds of kite fans attend and provide a fantastic show. Incidentally, the Kite Flying Championship is also held during this spectacular event.

© TA.SH© TA.SH

27 October - 04 November 2018: Büsum Lichterwoche (Week of Lights)

For one week, Büsum is bathed in colourful light. When dusk sets in, Büsum is transformed into a sea of lights (in German). Abstract light sculptures in different sizes and forms produce original plays of colour, and children can participate with hand-made lanterns.

09 June - 07 October 2018: NordArt near Rendsburg

Hardly any art exhibition is showing Nordic art in such a special atmosphere like the NordArt in Büdelsdorf. Since 1999, Nordic works of art have been presented on an old industrial site in large production halls. In the meantime, it has become the largest art fair in Northern Europe. The puristic industrial design and the imaginative art become a cultural experience for art lovers.

28 September - 07 October 2018: Sylt Windsurf World Cup           

During the PWA World Tour, the professionals of the windsurfing elite collect points at the Sylt World Cup. As the only station, a Super Grand Slam is held on Sylt: the participants compete against each other in three disciplines. Competitions in Wave, Freestyle and Slalom take place every day from 10.00 - to 18.00. And all of that with a breathtaking backdrop. Including a supporting programme!

Autumn Market in Open-Air Museum Molfsee

The largest open-air museum (in German) in Northern Germany is one of nine museum villages of this kind in Schleswig-Holstein and displays exhibitions on the cultural-historical and folkloric life of the last few centuries to view and experience hands-on, every day from the end of March to the end of October. Every year during October, there is an autumn market on the museum’s premises. Whether it is to get hold of the first artistic Christmas gifts, taste regional tasty treats or to visit the exhibitions of the folk museum, there is a lot to be discovered here!

© Oliver Franke© Oliver Franke

Pronstorf Christmas

For more than 25 years, you can experience a unique Christmas market in the majestic atmosphere of the Pronstorf Estate. A small Swedish style hut village is built in the boulevard garden, where exhibitors present themselves with their exquisite range. Alongside basketware, lanterns, floristry and hand-made stone fountains, you are able to look over the shoulder of the artists.

Kiel Christmas Market     

In Kiel, the magic of Christmas can be found at four Christmas markets within walking distance of each other. The wintery Christmas stroll can begin at the festively decorated traditional market at the Holstenplatz. A brilliant place to have a sweet tasty treat is the Asmus-Bremer-Platz and the Old Town. The cosy Christmas village on the Rathausplatz beckons visitors from near and far with a breezy tightrope act.
Whether ice skating or a game of curling: the Municipal Utilities Ice Festival at the Ostseekai round off the maritime winter fun in Kiel - including a panoramic view of the harbour.

Lübeck Christmas Market 

If there is any Christmas market in Schleswig-Holstein worth a visit, it is the one in Lübeck (in German)! With the beautiful backdrop of the old town, the market provides a great variation of offers. Apart from the classic Christmas market with well-known tasty treats, there is the Medieval market which extends all around the St. Marienkirche. Here, visitors can find hand-made treasures and tasty punch. The enchanted forest market is a special highlight for young visitors and offers an extensive range.

Flensburg Christmas Market

The squares and streets radiate a Scandinavian aura, as the neighbouring country Denmark still shapes the tradition of the old harbour town to the present day. In the romantic captains’ and merchants’ houses and on the Christmas market, people meet up for social gatherings. On the „smallest bar in the world”, the legendary Tallin Punch is served in many variants.

© Jens König© Jens König