Those who have had enough of wide sandy beaches, cliffs and sea bridges will find variety in the gently hilly region between Kiel and Lübeck. But you still don’t have to miss out on water here, because 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 – here, the cake still tastes just like grandma’s, here the vegetables are still fresh from the field. North German country life, that’s what it is. Or as our guests say: endless holiday bliss – what more could you wish for?
Today, light beech forests and glistening lakes enliven the relic of the last ice age. A young moraine landscape in which snow-white castles line up with enchanted apple orchards. The water, the deep blue constant, connects town and forest, parks and promenade.
Water also plays the leading role in the “Holsteinische Schweiz” but shows its lovely side. Smooth lakes border green shores and forests where life both big and small is waiting to be discovered.
Holstein Switzerland does not have to commit to a specific landscape: Gentle hills with rapeseed fields alternate with traditional hedge ways and light green beech forests that merge into reed banks, in front of mirror-like reflective lakes. Sometimes, it is green under the treetops, sometimes blue between sky and water, and sometimes misty-silver in the morning.
Here, time moves differently: between the lake and the forest. To the beat of the paddles gently dipping into the smooth water, or to the rhythm of the hiking boots on soft foliage. Stress? Far away from here, walking through old castles and even older oak-lined avenues.
Wherever you turn, history, culture and an eventful past are ready for little journeys through time in this truly unique region. No wonder: Princes, empresses, bishops, poets and thinkers have all romped along the picturesque lakeside promenades.
Tourismuszentrale Holsteinische Schweiz