Visit this town on the River Elbe and discover happiness, a vibrant art scene and the “original Glückstadt Matjes herring”! In honour of this culinary delicacy, the town even celebrates a large four-day festival every year in June.
Spring till summer
The “Rigmor” from Glückstadt is the oldest sailing ship in Germany that, to this day, is still in working order, and which invites you to embark on an exciting journey through time on a sailing tour.
Summer (starts on the 2nd Thursday in June)
In honour of its culinary speciality, the town throws a big summer festival every year in June: with live music, an “open-ship mile” and, of course, matje in all manner of variations.
Boat tour, or would you prefer a bicycle tour? In Glückstadt, you can enjoy an ideal combination of both. After a two-hour boat trip to Stade, you will cycle back along the water!
With all its small, dreamy alleyways, this king’s dream of a city on the Elbe radiates a very special charm at every turn.
‘Dat schall glücken und dat mutt glücken, un dann schall se ok Glückstadt heten’ (We shall have luck and we need to have luck and therefore I name the town Glückstadt - Lucky/Happy Town), this is the plan for luck and happiness. For you as well. Stroll through the historic town centre along quaint alleyways, visit the snug row of houses at the harbour and let your gaze wander across the Elbe. The Danish founder of the town, King Christian IV, would be delighted. You are now free to be part of his ‘happy town’, dating back to 1617. It has a young, vibrant art scene with numerous galleries and studios, the Detlefsen Museum and the Palais für aktuelle Kunst (Contemporary Art Gallery).
Lovers of maritime culture are not the only ones to enjoy cruising on the sailing ship ‘Rigmor’. Be sure to try Glückstadt’s culinary speciality – soused herring, the ‘Original Glückstadt Matjes’! Every year in June, the town on the Elbe even holds a huge, four-day festival in honour of this young herring.
Be it on the seashores or in the midst of lush lake landscapes; be it on the Kiel Canal, along winding canals or clear rivers: Schleswig-Holstein holiday happiness is reflected in the water’s surface in the most beautiful colours, no matter the season. While spring sees cities blossom in all their splendour, the bathing season will spoil you with a fresh summer breeze. Autumn strengthens life and country with a distinct tailwind, while winter makes the “kluntje” – the region’s famous sugar candy – clink in your tea cup. And so, every season in Germany’s true north has its own special charm.
The white lighthouse on the outer harbour not only marks the entrance to the port of Glückstadt but is also a great place to while away the time. There’s plenty to see here. Big ships, screeching seagulls and a vast expanse. It’s a particularly good spot to watch the sun go down.
The road ‘Am Hafen’ is considered to be the most important coastal road in northern Germany. The exciting interplay of façades and romantic wild roses brings this road to life.
The Rigmor von Glückstadt is the oldest seaworthy sailing ship in Germany. Take a thrilling trip on this traditional ship and journey back in time. You are welcome to lend a hand to guide the old ship along the Elbe.