Freundinnen am See in der Holsteinischen Schweiz

Activities in Holstein Switzerland

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.

Stand-Up-Paddling in der Holsteinischen Schweiz

Life in the region takes place on the shore, in the water and around the lake. Even if its name quotes Alpine mountain ranges, the view of the water is the central focal point, whether as a panoramic view from the castle terrace or during a bathing day on the jetty. And so, every day, you have to decide how close you want to get to the clear water. Summit seekers enjoy the wide view over forest and lake on a hiking tour on the Bungsberg. During a walk through the Eutin Palace Garden, the water serves as a mirror for the imposing grounds. A few metres from the water, cycling paths lead through green forests and tranquil little towns. And just 50 centimetres above the dark water, it’s wonderful to lie in the sun – the sudden cooling down is only half a turn away in the direction of the edge of the jetty. Those who want to get even closer can choose from numerous watercraft: Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, pedal boats or even small sailing boats are available for short trips or long excursions. If you go directly to the water’s height, a whole new perspective opens up. It becomes quiet under the trees, which are reflected on the water surface and span a green-dotted world around the bow of the boat. Through the clear water, your gaze falls on fish and water plants. Coots breed on the reeds and you might even see a white-tailed eagle or an otter.

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Wanderer auf einer Brücke

Explore Schleswig-Holstein on foot. Well signposted routes along both coastlines or inland offer ideal conditions for running, walking or hiking.

Luftaufnahme von Kanu im See

There are some areas between the North Sea and the Baltic offering variety in abundance that entice visitors to embark on excursions on the water for a day or longer. 


Since 2009, wine-growers have been successfully growing vines in Schleswig-Holstein’s vineyards – in spite of the salty air, strong winds and the all too familiar, foul weather.