Luftaufnahme der Kieler Förde und des Leuchtturms in Friedrichsort


Special attractions in the True North.

Wattwanderer bei Husum

The Wadden Sea Natural World Heritage Site extends along the entire North Sea coast. Schleswig-Holstein’s section of the Wadden Sea reaches from the mouth of the River Elbe up to the Danish border by the island of Sylt.

Lübecker Holstentor

Lübeck was founded in 1143 as the first “occidental city on the Baltic coast”. It is a perfect example of the Hanseatic city family in the Baltic Sea region and is still today considered the “Queen of the Hanseatic League”. 

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.

Pärchen auf einem Steg am See

In the naturpark Holstein Switzerland more than 200 small and large lakes and the 68-kilometre-long river Schwentine invite you to swim, sail, canoe and stand-up paddle. And there is also plenty to do on land here: Hiking, cycling, visiting castles and estates or simply enjoying a delicious piece of cake in a cosy farm café.

Strand mit Wellen
© Beate Zoellner

From Amrum to Sylt, the North Sea islands invite you to experience the Wadden Sea up close. Families and water sports fans can enjoy a relaxing holiday on Fehmarn, the only Baltic Sea island in Schleswig-Holstein.

Aerial view of Ahrensburg Castle

Whether it’s a moated castle or a mansion – the majestic residences and estates are rich in historical treasures and artworks. Magnificent rooms with elegant curtains reveal the lives of counts, dukes and barons. Here you can find out more about the “fashions and trends” of earlier times.