At the birds of prey and the Vikings
You can get to know 100 indigenous animals in the Wildpark Eekholt at Segeberger Forst, and try out and experience a lot of other things while you are there – for example, how to extract honey or build a tepee. You can also discover age-old crafts in the old Viking settlement Haithabu at the Schlei. Here, visitors are given a vivid insight into Viking life. More than 1,000 years ago, Haithabu was an important trade centre of explorers and pioneers from the north. Today, you can stroll through reconstructed houses, look over the shoulders of new Vikings while shipbuilding, and marvel at archaeological findings.
Between the seas
Cruise ships travel right across the country in Schleswig-Holstein. Through the Kiel Canal, over 100 ships cross from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea and back every day. Holidaymakers can experience the trip between meadows and fields on a sailing boat or a pleasure boat, and let the towering cruise liners sail past.
Visitors to festivals in the true north can experience music ranging from Joseph Haydn’s oratorios to Devil Driver’s heavy metal. With its classical and jazz concerts, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Wacken Open Air Festival for fans of head-banging are among the largest and most popular events. But the cultural landscape has even more to offer: ranging from music from all genres, film, theatre, literature and contemporary art to rarities such as the Festival of Frog Choirs (in german).
Discover history and culture by bike and canoe
If you wish to explore the inland by bike, you have the choice of several cycle routes. The Ochsenweg (in german) leads along an historic north-south arterial road. The Wikinger-Friesen-Weg links St. Peter Ording at the North Sea with Kappeln at the Schlei, and on the Mönchsweg you can get from Glückstadt all the way to Fehmarn.
Canoeing tours through the river landscapes offers training for your arm muscles and recuperation for your soul. In the western inland, moors and marshes stretch out between the rivers Eider, Treene and Sorge (in german). If you take a trip with a canoe through this original three-river region, you will experience the genuine Schleswig-Holstein with its thatch-rooved houses, black-colourful cows and storks’ nests. Experienced canoeists will have lots of fun in the Holsteiner Auenland (in german). The river Stör and its tributaries flow along numerous curves through a Nordic jungle landscape. If you cross it, you have not only seen the nature of the true north, but experienced it up close and personal
Short and sweet, what else is there to do?
- Experience Karl May classics live: Attend the Karl May Festival at the open-air theatre Bad Segeberg
- On the safari ship on the Lower Elbe: a trip on the Tidenkieker
- Shopping at the designer outlet Neumünster