Baltic Sea

At the Baltic Sea, people know what tastes good: Fish rolls, for example, a hand-brewed Klüvers beer or a glass of white wine from the Ingenhof winery, where pioneer Melanie Engel produces Schleswig-Holstein wine. If you want to enjoy excellent food, a fabulous overnight stay and a short journey back in time, then Hotel “Gut Immenhof” is the place to be.  

Historische Fischhalle mit Brauerei Klüvers am Hafen von Neustadt in Holstein
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Handmade in Holstein

Knust” is the first craft beer from the island of Fehmarn. “Fehmarn is our home – ‘Knust’ is the taste of our island,” says Kerstin Serck-Scheel, founder and craft beer brewer. And she means that quite literally: The company’s goal is to grow some of the raw materials for the craft beer itself in the future. Anyone who wants to try the Fehmarn craft beer is cordially invited to the “Knust-Braumanufaktur”. At the harbour of Neustadt in Holstein, the historic fish hall has been home to the brewery “Brauerei Klüvers” since 2004. The old sailor family, which switched to the fish trade and today also runs a delicatessen manufactory and a harbour smokehouse in Niendorf, attaches great importance to quality and transparency. The variety of beers “handmade in Holstein” can be discovered during beer tasting sessions and brewery tours.

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Frau bedient in einer Fischbude
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Fish sandwich ahoy!

A fish sandwich is the perfect snack for a day by the water. It tastes as pleasantly salty as the air that circles around your nose. It makes you feel full and happy without being heavy on the stomach. “Fischbrötchenstraße” combines all the fish sandwich stalls on the Baltic Sea in Schleswig-Holstein into what is probably the tastiest mile in the north. Each has its own charm with all things “fish” from A to Z – vegans included. Every year in May, Schleswig-Holstein celebrates World Fish Sandwich Day. On this day, everything between Glücksburg and Travemünde revolves around the northern German street food classic. Along the Baltic Sea coast and even in the “Holsteinische Schweiz” region, the cult bread roll (“Kult-Brötchen”) can be sampled extensively in its countless variations. An overview of the local events can be found on the website and on social media from April each year.

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Gemahlener Kaffee in einer Kaffeemühle. Im Hintergrund liegen Kaffeebohnen auf dem Tisch.
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With a passion for coffee

The Eutiner Kaffeerösterei coffee roastery places real value on the essentials: The highest quality, gentle roasting at low temperatures and perfect preparation combine to produce an exceptionally delicious coffee that can be enjoyed on the spot or on the go. And if you have a little time, you can compare the different coffees and taste the different flavours: Whether with a fruity or chocolaty, flowery or nutty note – everyone will find their personal favourite coffee here, well advised by owner and coffee sommelier, Annerose Zimmermann. Further north, in the Baltic Sea resort of Eckernförde, pure coffees from all over the world can also be sampled in a pleasant atmosphere. The Eckernförder Kaffeerösterei is an inclusion project of the Eckernförder Werkstätten for the integration of people with disabilities into working life. It is located in the Speicherpassage in Eckernförde, and the roasting process in the drum roaster in the middle of the shop can be experienced live.

Vier Menschen trinken Glühwein an einer Weihnachtsbude
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Christmas and winter markets

During the Christmas season, the small towns and villages along the Baltic Sea are transformed into places full of lights and Christmas magic. Roasted almonds, “Mutzen” and candy floss, fruit punch, mulled wine and hot cocoa – there are many good reasons for both young and old to go to the Christmas market. The markets in Burg auf Fehmarn, Grömitz, Heiligenhafen, Scharbeutz, Timmendorfer Strand and many other towns invite you to stroll and feast. Special activities – such as baking bread on sticks, Punch and Judy shows and Christmas concerts – ensure a wintery, festive Christmas atmosphere.

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Weingut Ingenhof

Winery Ingenhof

Wine growing in Schleswig-Holstein? Melanie Engel, co-creator of the family-run Ingenhof and wine pioneer in the far north, had to fight prejudices at first. But the site conditions for a vineyard on their approximately eight hectares of land with a southern slope in the middle of Holstein Switzerland were good. Today, Melanie Engel and her team grow three excellent white wine varieties and three red wine varieties, which are sold in the “Weinremise” wine emporium and tasted on a guided vineyard tour that also introduces the winery. In the summer months, the farm’s own field café is also open. With a view of Ingenhof’s strawberry plantations, you can enjoy homemade cakes and pies, as well as coffee specialities.

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Hotel Gut Immenhof
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A piece of paradise

Between Malente and Eutin lies a gem directly on the Kellersee lake: Hotel “Gut Immenhof”, probably the most famous estate of the traditional German “Heimatfilm” – a key genre of German cinematography. In recent years, the ensemble of buildings has been converted into a spacious hotel complex in the traditional style of Schleswig-Holstein country estates. The cosy suites reflect the sustainable philosophy of the hotel with handmade furniture, natural materials and mineral colours. Two restaurants never fail in delighting those guests seeking relaxation: “Restaurant Rodesand”, which serves fine international cuisine, and the “Melkhus”, which was included in the list of Bib Gourmand restaurants – tasty cuisine at moderate prices – by the Michelin Guide shortly after its opening in October 2021.

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