Around 240 museums in Schleswig-Holstein tell stories of the land, its people and the sea. They present art and cultural history from the Stone Age until today, explain scientific phenomena and illustrate technical developments. Guided tours and opportunities to join in are ideal for families who like to be creative on their holidays and try out innovative ideas.

Museum Highlights

Lübecker Holstentor
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In the exhibition at the Holstentor Museum, you can discover how Lübeck became the “Queen of the Hanseatic League”. Foreign trade and city history, but also seafaring, market activities and Medieval law are documented.

Wikingersiedlung Haithabu
© Beate Zoellner

The important Viking settlement of Haithabu and the Danewerk border fortification system on the Schlei, which is at least a thousand years old, have also been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Außenansicht des Europäischen Hansemuseums
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In Lübeck, the Queen of the Hanseatic League, the European Hanseatic Museum is located on the northern side of the Old Town island. Enter the world of the Middle Ages and immerse yourself in the life of lower German merchants.

Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig
© Ostseefjord Schlei GmbH / Matzen

Situated on a Schlei island, Gottorf Castle in Schleswig is the location of two regional museums. The building itself has been modified and expanded several times during its eight-hundred-year history, from a medieval castle, a Renaissance fortress, to the baroque castle it is today.

Garten des Emil Nolde Museums
© Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Fotograf Helmut Kunde

In the former residence and studio house of Emil Nolde, annually changing exhibitions show the comprehensive works of the Expressionist.