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Gardens, churches and manor houses

Schleswig-Holstein is famous for its gardens: Typical farmers’ gardens, baroque and landscaped gardens, artists’ and topical gardens or nursery gardens – the green paradises are popular excursion destinations, and inspire holidaymakers and locals in equal measure.

Enjoy the “green treasures” with all your senses, on a walk, at a concert or with a coffee in one of the cosy garden cafés. 

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In the footsteps of the aristocracy

Be it a water castle or a manor estate – the stately homes and estates are rich in historic treasures and works of art. Magnificent rooms with precious furnishings show the living culture and everyday lives of counts, dukes and barons. Here, you can discover more about the “fashion and trends” of earlier times. Breathe some noble air in the grand buildings – on a castle tour, a carriage ride or a classical concert. Even “sleeping like a king” doesn’t have to remain a dream: Some manor houses and estates offer holiday apartments and guest rooms. The surrounding landscaped and baroque gardens invite you to stroll and relax.

Castles and manor estates

Monuments of tranquillity and spirituality

From Flensburg to Lauenburg, from Husum to Fehmarn – everywhere in Schleswig-Holstein our places of worship invite you to discover cultural riches or to find some peace and quiet. As places of retreat and cultural history, monasteries, domes and churches are an important port of call for pilgrims and holidaymakers. Their architecture tells the story of eras past; their interiors exemplify profound faith, but also the wealth of the citizens.

But perhaps you will experience your very own personal moment of happiness right here: At a concert rehearsal you just happen to hear during a tour. Or at a night-time tour, when you discover unknown rooms.

Churches, monasteries and domes

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St. Petri Dome in Schleswig (in German)


The Schleswig Dome is one of the major architectural monuments in Schleswig-Holstein. Its architecture reflects the building styles of Romanticism to the 19th century. The ideal ambience for reflection and illuminated concerts.

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St. Jacobi in Lübeck (in German)


Right in the middle of the World Heritage site – at the Koberg – lies the pilgrims’ church St. Jacobi. Worth seeing are the church interior, which remained intact during the Second World War, and the Pamir Memorial.

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St. Marien in Husum (in German)


It was built around 1830 according to plans of Danish architect Christian Frederik Hansen. Simple and linear – this is the church interior of St. Marien: It is considered the major work of Classicism in Schleswig-Holstein.

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Museum quarter St. Annen (in German)


The museum quarter St. Annen in Lübeck includes the St. Annen art gallery and the St. Annen museum. Impressive: In the historic cloister architecture of 1515, the medieval art collection is shown in gothic vaults.

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Cismar Monastery (in German)


The former Benedictine monastery is now a meeting place and cultural centre: Discover the monastery church with its famous altar, enjoy a cup of coffee in the monastery café, or let yourself be inspired by an art exhibition.

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Ratzeburg Dome


The three-aisle Roman basilica on the Ratzeburg Dome Island was endowed by Henry the Lion.

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St. Nicolai in Mölln


Mölln was once considered the “little sister” of Lübeck. The interior of the Church of St. Nicholas reflects this relationship to the Hanseatic city and the wealth of the Mölln citizens.

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Did you know that …

Schleswig-Holstein offers ideal conditions for pilgrimages? Between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, you will find beautiful natural and cultural landscapes. Here, you will find peace and quiet, enabling you to reflect and escape everyday life.

Three pilgrimage routes lead from Scandinavia and the Baltic through the region along old trading routes, such as the Ochsenweg and the Alte Salzstrasse: the Via Jutlandica, the Via Baltica and the Via Scandinavica. But you can also get away from it all beyond well-known pilgrimage routes: on Eiderstedt, the parish of Oldenswort offers pilgrimages covering a day or several days.